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UPDATE: Einstein Academy gets approval for school in San Diego County

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Posted: November 15, 2012 12:21 p.m.
Updated: November 15, 2012 6:49 p.m.


 Board members with a San Diego County school district agreed this week to issue a charter for Albert Einstein Academy for Arts, Letters and Sciences to begin operating schools at all grade levels within their district.

Einstein plans to open a kindergarten-6th grade school and a 7th-12th grade school in the Alpine Union School District in San Diego County for the 2013-2014 school year, Jeffrey Shapiro, executive director of the Einstein Academy’s foundation, said Thursday.

Einstein, which successfully won a charter for a 7th-12th grade school from the William S. Hart Union High School District, has worked for the past two years to establish an elementary-school charter school in the Santa Clarita Valley.

The Newhall School District, Saugus Union School District and Los Angeles Unified School District have all denied Einstein Academy’s attempts to do so.

Shapiro also said Thursday the charter school appealed Saugus Union’s rejection of its charter application to the Los Angeles County Board of Education earlier this week. Shapiro said he expects the board to vote on the appeal in February.

“The victory last night bodes very well for our chances on appeal,” Shapiro said of the Wednesday night San Diego County school district’s decision.

The Saugus district governing board voted 4-1 in October to deny an elementary charter to Einstein Academy. Einstein had submitted the proposal to the Saugus district three times.

Joan Lucid, superintendent of the Saugus Union School District, said Thursday she had not received official word from the county board of education about Einstein’s appeal. But, Lucid said, she is confident the district’s decision will withstand scrutiny.

“I think we did a very thorough job,” Lucid said. “We vetted their petition as it should have been vetted.”
Shapiro said the proposal approved by the Alpine district was “virtually identical” to the one rejected by the Saugus district.

Alpine officials could not be reached for comment Thursday.



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