Re: Charter Legislation
Mon, 3 Feb 1997 21:35:05 -0500 (EST)


This is Stuart from Santa Clara Valley School. For years Don Yates and I
have had a friendly disagreement about the opportunities presented by the
California charter school legislation, and I'll continue it here.

I don't think there's much chance an SVS-type school would get a charter in
California. First, you would have to convince the majority of teachers in a
school to support the proposal. Then, you would need to convince the School
Board to approve the charter. Note that School Boards reject most charter
applicants on the grounds that districts cannot accept liability for schools
the districts do not control. Then, the charter is good for only five
years--so who is going to go through all this work, only to have the charter
amended or terminated in five years? Then there are the myriad problems of
implementation, such as the need to obtain supplemental funding from grants.