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San Diego County has been ground zero for legal fights over where charter schools can open satellite campuses, or so-called resource centers.
At least six school districts in San Diego County have filed suits or entered into litigation to stop charter schools from infiltrating their boundaries. A number of other districts have sent cease-and-desist letters but haven’t yet filed suits.
It’s a complicated issue that comes down to lack of clarity in the state’s Education Code: The code says charter schools that offer independent study programs can open in counties that neighbor their home base, but doesn’t specifically say they can operate resource centers in nearby school districts.
Local school districts, and the attorney who represents them in these cases, take that to mean charter schools need to get approval to open resource centers in nearby districts.
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Charters were and are created to do two things, drain the public schools of money, break the teachers union. With the states lack of clarity on the issue of what charters are allowed to do the charters are well on their way to accomplishing their goals.
Love to know how many for profit charters operate in San Diego County and the City of San Diego.
Public schools versus charters on test scores? I'm sure if charters were out pacing public schools in standardized test scores we would be hearing about it.
Soon public education will no longer be free and the local school boards will be located on Wall St. Hope that makes everyone happy.
Mario, kudos to you for your journalist award.
@richard brick Look back at my other postings. I have said Richard quotes line for line the same thing about charter schools - "how many for profit charter operate in San Diego County and the city of San Diego" As I stated to Richard, there are 0 (none) for-profit charter schools in San Diego. It makes one wonder why he continues to post this? I'm sure the readers are smarter than this:)
Well written, easy t o understand and balanced article. Well done.
My only addition is that the Education Code is a permissive code. If something is not prohibited, a school district or charter school has flexibility, the law does not need to explicitly say you can do something.
It is probably the result of editing changes, but it would be nice if you said what CCSA is and what they do at the top of the article, instead of 3/4 of the way the way through just providing what the acronym stands for.