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Charter school bill heads to governor

Posted: August 28, 2014 7:15 p.m.
Updated: August 28, 2014 7:15 p.m.

A bill from state Sen. Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills, that would impose restrictions on charter schools seeking to locate outside the boundaries of the districts that charter them, is headed for the governor’s desk, officials said Thursday.

Several Santa Clarita Valley school officials lobbied for Senate Bill 1263, saying it was necessary to close a loophole in state charter law that was being abused.

One district accused of such abuse was the Acton-Agua Dulce Unified School District, which faces lawsuits alleging it improperly approved charter schools to operate outside its boundaries.

The bill has drawn some criticism. Assemblyman Scott Wilk, R-Santa Clarita, blasted the bill in a statement, calling it a “full frontal assault on the Albert Einstein Academy,” a charter school that was approved by the Acton-Agua Dulce board.




bobforte: Posted: August 29, 2014 9:07 a.m.

Hopefully this passes. Doesn't seem like it has any real opposition. Brown is too busy getting his train built.

Foundations: Posted: August 29, 2014 6:11 p.m.

Hopefully it DOES NOT pass. There is strong opposition by the many, many families and teachers being effected. Passing SB 1263 could close schools which would harm the children who attend, cost the teachers jobs and negatively effect families and the Santa Clarita Valley. SB 1263 MUST NOT pass.

bobforte: Posted: August 29, 2014 7:15 p.m.

Are there other charter schools in SCV operating outside their districts? Besides AEA? Just curious.

Foundations: Posted: August 29, 2014 7:24 p.m.

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truthteller: Posted: August 29, 2014 7:48 p.m.

Last I checked, Castaic and thus, SCVi, is within the boundaries of the William S Hart UHSD.

Foundations: Posted: August 29, 2014 8:04 p.m.

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Foundations: Posted: August 29, 2014 8:52 p.m.

OK, my mistake, Wm. S. Hart Union High School District does include Castaic, but the district already approved AEA back in 2010 knowing that there were plans to eventually add grades K-6 , so why are they fighting it now?

Also, "Charter schools are public schools of choice, meaning that families choose them for their children. They operate with freedom from some of the regulations that are imposed upon district schools. Charter schools are accountable for academic results and for upholding the promises made in their charters. They must demonstrate performance in the areas of academic achievement, financial management, and organizational stability. If a charter school does not meet performance goals, it may be closed."

AEA does all this and more.
Why are they trying to take away our choice?

castaicjack: Posted: August 29, 2014 9:02 p.m.

"Why are they trying to take away our choice?"
1. They didn't notify Jim Gibson. Horrors! What were they thinking?
2. Families are running from the Castaic school district and their poorly performing test scores.
3. The Castaic school district, as of their last bulletin to Castaic residents, was down by 200 students.
4. In other words, the less students in the seats the less money the school district gets. GET IT NOW?!

Foundations: Posted: August 29, 2014 9:41 p.m.

Thanks castaicjack! I know this is all about money, but glad some one else voiced instead of just me.
AEA is the exact opposite of Castaic school district.

The teachers and administration all really enjoy the important work they do and genuinely care for education, the students and the families. In addition, the strong parent involvement is unmatched by any school I have ever seen. As a parent, I also feel that my children are safer in this school because of the mandatory uniforms and strong teacher and parent evolvement. We cannot afford private school and having this fantastic OPTION to CHOOSE a school is priceless on so many levels.

Albert Einstein Academy is an excellent CHOICE for parents who want their children to get a great education while having a positive school experience in a safe environment.

ElizaS: Posted: August 29, 2014 11:50 p.m.

I don't see an issue with charters. AEA most likely does provide a good quality education. However, when you have charters purposely exploiting a loophole and public school districts approving charters never intended to operate in their district, that is a problem.

bobforte: Posted: August 30, 2014 9:58 a.m.

Numbers could be down also for the fact no new homes are being built in castaic and the number of school age children is decreasing as they graduate.

castaicjack: Posted: August 30, 2014 2:20 p.m.

And that's another reason why the Castaic high school needs to be built. We need to welcome all the new people for all the new development that's coming our way, thanks to the developers in the area. The newcomers who haven't as yet arrived and haven't as yet spent a single penny on paying off the bond measures for the high school or measure QS in Castaic, the latter of which has apparently done squat. Yup, all those new folks who haven't yet arrived or ever voted on any of the bond measures that the rest of us have paid for.

Sam2222: Posted: August 30, 2014 4:58 p.m.

AEA needs to place two crossing guards for all the children going to school. Without them someone is going to get injured

bobforte: Posted: September 1, 2014 10:49 a.m.

Crossing guards? There was no problem when it was Pinecrest.

choiceisgood: Posted: September 1, 2014 11:59 a.m.

Senate Bill 1263 is a piece of legislation written specifically to impact 1 school. This is not where the state legislature or governor ought to be directing their time, effort, or taxpayer money. Further, the Newhall district has already taken legal action which is being addressed in the court system. A local political fight should be addressed in the courts, NOT in the state house!

Perhaps, Dr. Winger is not optimistic about his chances in the courts? Had to hedge his bets and change the law that he's unhappy about?

So, which is it, Dr. Winger? Is AEA and Acton-Agua Dulce breaking the law or following a law that is inconvenient for you?

castaicjack: Posted: September 1, 2014 4:43 p.m.

Please go to governor Brown's website and email the governor, making your opposition to senate bill 1263 known...

Foundations: Posted: September 1, 2014 6:39 p.m.

There is no problem with traffic flow at AEA. Crossing guards would be great though :) And there are more students going to AEA then were at Pincrest. More parents see the great benefits and value of this fantastic school.

Sam2222: Posted: September 1, 2014 7:02 p.m.

Bobforte - When it was Pinecrest, parents were instructed to drive into the school parking lot to drop off students. This worked as the enrollment at Pinecrest was low.

With AEA, most parents are parking down the street and walking their kids across Old Orchard and Wiley Cyn. I see some young kids crossing the street without parents.

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