MI: County Charter or PAUSD District Charter
Original post made by curious on May 27, 2007
If PAUSD denies the MI charter application MI can ask the Santa Clara County Board of Ed to approve it. If the county approves the MI application what is the county's responsibility for MI? If it's a county charter does this free PAUSD to do what it does well and what it needs to focus on doing: educating lots of different kinds of kids from various background? As a county charter the MI experience and ideas can be used to the benefit of schools throughout Santa Clara County.
on May 27, 2007 at 9:37 am
If you really want authoritative answers to your questions, come to the town hall meeting.
PAUSD TOWN HALL on MANDARIN IMMERSION
District personnel & other professionals will meet with the public to provide a summary of charter school laws, choice schools, and financing, and to receive input from the community.
Thu May 31, MP Room, Ohlone School, 7 p.m.
Location: 950 Amarillo Ave.
on May 27, 2007 at 9:49 am
Hi -- Our understanding is (1) yes, the county board can form a charter school in Palo Alto; (2) that would not free the local district of certain obligations in terms of staff time or space; (3) one can search the Weekly archives by clicking on Palo Alto Weekly in the left margin and clicking on "Search archives by key words" below the front pages of the Weekly.
There have been articles covering those points, I believe, but they might be difficult to sort out from all the articles written about MI. The forum Thursday should be able to provide specifics.
A Google search under charter schools might reveal some information.
Palo Alto Weekly
on May 27, 2007 at 10:28 am
Even if PAMI (Palo Alto MI) Charter is chartered by the County, PA must still provide classroom space for in-district kids, after the school has 80 kids, I believe. (But the Ohlone principal has said that there is room at Ohlone.) I assume that Choice or Charter would have the same space requirements. The County just re-chartered Bullis for five years, but Bullis must still deal with LASD. The county bears the oversight costs, but receives compensation, as would PA or LASD. Apart from that, I'm not really sure what the difference is, except for the symbolic nastiness of LASD's rejection of BCS's charter, even though it's clearly an outstanding school.