A group that studies charter schools has changed a key report that had put San Diego Unified at No. 2 nationwide for charter school growth. The new numbers add an interesting wrinkle to trustees’ claim that the district is one of the charter-friendliest in the country.

School board trustee John Lee Evans called San Diego Unified “one of the most charter-friendly districts in the nation.” The numbers, to some extent, bear that out. But there’s plenty of disagreement over what that means.

Despite the fact the district recommended Thrive for approval, the school board voted against the charter. But perhaps more interesting than the board’s denial was the conversation that surrounded it.

Charter schools in the San Diego Unified School District won’t have to pay as much in special education fees and don’t have to pay until next summer.