Re: TCV Model School in North America

posted Feb 25, 2011, 12:09 PM by The Tibetan Political Review   [ updated Feb 25, 2011, 12:15 PM ]
Dear Editors,

It was a pleasure to read this campaign piece from NA Chitue candidate Tashi Phuntsok la on TCV Model School in North America. Having a separate school is a feeling shared by many Tibetans in the North America and I believe this piece succeeds to touch that feeling. However, this piece left several unanswered questions. Few of them are:

1.              I don’t think Tibetans need a TCV-style Tibetan school. Instead, we need an immigrant-style Tibetan school in the North America such as Jewish Charter School.

2.              When Tashi Phuntsok la proposes a TCV Model School in North America, is he implying a boarding school? If so, I believe, it will be a huge challenge with child safety agencies such as Child Protective Services and Office of Child and Family Services.

3.              If Tashi Phuntsok la is proposing a charter day school, then again, the problem is with the lack of a Tibetan-concentrated area such as China Town.

4.              In 2008 or 2009, the Office of Tibet, New York took an initiative to establish a Tibetan Village in and around New York/New Jersey area, which eventually did not succeed, due to a lack of interested Tibetan immigrants in the project. I believe this village project has a potential to provide an opening for a Tibetan school.

5.              The biggest concern with U.S. charter schools is the funding. I am not optimistic on a large-scale funding from foundations or organizations because Tibetans in the United States are no more refugees. To learn more on charter school funding, here is a link

6.              If you are interested in learning more about starting a charter school in the United States, here is a link to go to

7.              Finally, will the school follow a two-language system, second-language system, or bilingual system?

I share this response not to seek an answer but to highlight some of the grey areas in establishing a Tibetan school in the United States.

Thank you,

Tenzin Yeshi
Wyoming, U.S.A.