When voters approved Prop. Z, a construction bond that will pump $2.8 billion into rehabbing and upgrading San Diego Unified schools, the local charter community had reason to celebrate. After all, they’d been promised a $350 million share of the money.
When it comes to new charters, though, the San Diego Unified school board just moved the goal posts.
Last week, trustees voted 4-1 to up the eligibility requirement for charters seeking Prop. Z dollars. Now, only charter schools that have existed for five years, and have been approved for an additional five years, will be eligible for the funds.
The new policy is the most recent example of the school board’s movement toward increased scrutiny of charter schools. Recently, the board shot down a charter school that met legal requirements, but didn’t convince trustees it would meet its enrollment projections.
In a curious wrinkle, two schools that are shy of the five-year mark — e3 Civic High and Global Vision Academy — will be exempted from the new rule. They’ll be grandfathered in; the other dozen or so charters will have to wait. (School board trustee John Lee Evans said those two schools were unique cases.)
Trustee Scott Barnett, the only board member to vote against the new policy, predicts the decision will “end in a chaotic mess,” and that the school board will eventually be forced to walk it back.
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Until the voters Decide to elect board members that are owned by the unions why would this surprise anyone?
Is the majority of the school board members selling excess school grounds, refusing to approve new charter schools, and denying prop Z funding to charter schools an indirect attempt to suppress the growth and expansion of charter schools?
Will Scott Barnett respond?
@Ruben Andrews Here are a few facts about Charters and San Diego Unified. Since the inception of Charters, mid 90's 1/3 of all Charters have failed. The number one reason for these failures is financial fraud. All money lost is not recoverable. Charters have shown no significant increase in test scores over traditional schools.
Charters were created for two reasons, one is to break the teachers union, the 2nd is to privatize public education.
I put my two daughters through public schools before the Charter an test craze began. Guess what, they learned to read write, cipher and to critically think. Just what the schools were supposed to do. They both got college degrees and good jobs.
Charters, reinventing the wheel, enough said.