The San Diego Unified School board recently shot down a proposed charter school, opening the door to questions about how many charter schools are too many, and whether the district is on the road to creating a parallel school system.
At the Jan. 7 school board meeting, trustees raised concerns that neighborhoods like City Heights have become charter school saturated, and used a recent rash of failed schools to argue that it’s time the district raise the standards on charters.
In the past, the school board has been quick to approve petitions that met criteria laid out by the Charter Schools Act of 1992. That’s part of the reason trustee John Lee Evans called San Diego Unified “one of the most charter-friendly districts in the nation.”
The claim holds up in other ways, too. In 2012, San Diego passed Proposition Z, a $2.8 billion construction bond measure that will allocate $350 million for charter schools.