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Einstein Academy appeal to be decided

L.A. County Board of Education will rule Tuesday on whether to give school its elementary charter

Posted: February 4, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: February 4, 2013 2:00 a.m.

Members of the Los Angeles County Board of Education will decide Tuesday whether to give the Albert Einstein Academy for Letters, Arts and Sciences approval for its long sought-after elementary school in Santa Clarita.

To do so, board members would have to overturn a decision by the Saugus Union School District to deny an elementary school charter to Einstein Academy, which the board did by a 4-1 vote on Oct. 16.

During October’s discussion of the charter, staff and board members from the Saugus Union district raised concerns about both the fiscal solvency of the proposed elementary charter and whether the Einstein Academy would be able to fully comply with necessary provisions to become chartered, such as offering and funding programs for English-language-learning and special-needs students.

The Board of Education held a public hearing on the appeal on Dec. 11. Now, almost two months later, representatives from both the Saugus district and the Einstein Academy appear confident heading into Tuesday’s meeting.

Saugus Union district Superintendent Joan Lucid said she believes the district gave a thorough and fair review to the Einstein Academy charter petition.

“I believe that the county must take into account that the Saugus district trustees followed the law and diligently reviewed the petition,” Lucid said. “Our thought process is that the people at the county will see the same kinds of omissions that we did.”

Jeffrey Shapiro, the executive director of the Einstein Academy’s foundation, said he feels confident the board will rule in the academy’s favor.

“We know we have a very strong petition and we are pleased with the way the public hearing went,” Shapiro said.

Members of the Board of Education will decide the outcome of Einstein’s appeal at their regularly scheduled board meeting on Tuesday in the Office of Education offices, 9300 Imperial Highway in Downey. The meeting begins at 3 p.m.


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