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Concerning our local charter schools

Posted: June 2, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: June 2, 2014 2:00 a.m.

I read with interest the article in the May 26 issue of The Signal (“Pavley’s bill would change charter school law”) about the bill introduced by California Sen. Fran Pavley regarding charter schools.

The law, if passed, would block charter schools from locating outside the district that charters them.

It’s obvious that this legislation is aimed at the people who have been trying for a long time to open the Albert Einstein elementary school in Santa Clarita.

The school finally received a charter from Acton-Agua Dulce Unified School District and is currently conducting classes in that area.

To those of us who have been following the tortuous path that the Einstein folks have had to take to open the elementary school, it’s interesting to note how many different excuses the various governmental bodies have used to block the school: “exclusionary” (even though admission is by lottery), paperwork not properly submitted, vague planning and budget information, refusal to approve building permits.

The roadblocks have been numerous and varied.

I want only to bring to the attention of your readership that the Albert Einstein Academy (Jr. High and High School), which just graduated its first class this year, has been notified by Newsweek that the school has made the “short list” of schools throughout the United States that are being considered for Newsweek’s 2014 list of America’s Best High Schools.

That’s no guarantee that AEA will make the final cut. However, it’s amazing thatthese administrators and directors, who can run a high school that catches the attention of Newsweek, can be so inept in putting together a proposal to open an elementary school.

So ... what’s really going on here?


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