[KHTS] – Hart district officials are looking to set the record straight after a national news publication incorrectly reported poverty levels, graduation rates and other information in a story listing high schools in various categories.
“We do plan to contact Newsweek regarding correction to what we believe is very inaccurate data,” said Gail Pinsker, spokeswoman for the William S. Hart Union High School District.
The Albert Einstein Academy for Letters, Arts and Science’s high school was ranked No. 2 on the “Beating the Odds: America’s Top High Schools for Low-Income Students” list, which aims to identify the public high schools in the U.S. that do the best job of preparing students for college and overcome the obstacles posed by socio-economic inequality, according to a AEALAS news release.
However, the numbers used by Newsweek don’t quite add up, according to officials sources.
“There’s a lot of things that are wrong with the data here,” Pinsker said, noting the graduation rate also is incorrectly reported for Hart and Valencia.
Einstein Academy was ranked with a 98.94 percent poverty level, 99.86 percent college readiness score, 87.57 percent college enrollment and a 72.21 percent graduation rate, according to the Newsweek article.
All 42 members of Einstein Academy’s first senior class graduated in June.
Additionally, Einstein Academy’s poverty rate is about 5.8 percent, according to district officials.
The graduation rate also is incorrectly reported for Hart and Valencia, according to district officials.
“We do plan to contact Newsweek regarding correction to what we believe is very inaccurate data,” Pinsker said.
AEALAS school officials have invited parents, teachers and administrators to the AEALAS elementary school on Orchard Village Road on Friday at 11 a.m. to comment on Newsweek’s rankings and to discuss the Senate Bill 1263.
SB 1263 is a controversial bill that, if signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, could could prevent Einstein Academy from operating at a site outside of the Acton Agua Dulce Unified School District.
SB 1263 was written by Sen. Fran Pavley (D- Agoura Hills) and represents part of the Santa Clarita Valley.
This bill would delete the authority of a charter school to locate outside the jurisdiction or geographic boundaries of the chartering school district because the charter school has attempted to locate a single site or facility to house the entire program, but a site or facility is unavailable in the area in which the charter school chooses to locate, according to the California Legislative Information website.
This event comes just weeks after the Newhall and Los Angeles Unified School Districts sued the Acton Agua Dulce Unified School District over claims that the 2013 approval of a charter school for the AEALAS was illegal.