A year and a half after voters approved Prop. Z, Old Town Academy and other young charters are being told they can’t have the money until they’re 5 years old — even though they were instrumental in helping pass the bond in the first place.

A 2003 state law aims to protect school children from harmful traffic pollution. More than three-dozen San Diego County schools sit within the danger zone near major roadways – but they’re all exempt from the law.

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.

The San Diego Unified School District spikes its price for special education services, and local charter schools continue to search for new alternatives.

Ever-increasing fees and the desire for full autonomy are
driving charters to desert San Diego Unified School District’s
special education program.