[KHTS] – The state Assembly approved a bill Tuesday by Sen. Fran Pavley, D-Calabasas, that would require future charter schools to operate within the boundaries of the district that charters them.
The legislation was sought by school districts in the Santa Clarita Valley after the Acton-Agua Dulce Unified School District started chartering schools that operate campuses within the jurisdiction of other districts.
The Assembly passed the measure 42-23 with 14 abstentions.
The bill, if signed into law, would set strict limitations for where and when a charter school could be located outside of the physical boundaries of the chartering district.
Proponents said the bill addresses a “loophole” in the state’s Education code, pointing to Acton-Agua Dulce Unified School District’s ability to charter 21 schools in the last two years — nine of which are located outside of the district’s boundaries, and seven having been put on hold by the Los Angeles County Office of Education.
Acton-Agua Dulce Unified School District officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment on this story.
“School districts in Santa Clarita and across the state, the California State PTA, the California School Boards Association and both houses of the state Legislature believe that it is a good idea to close a loophole in the charter law which has been abused by some school districts and charter schools acting in bad faith,” said Brian Walters, school board president for the Newhall School District. “SB1263 was drafted to address this growing statewide problem.”
The bill is slated to go before the Senate for a concurrence vote in its house of origination before it could be sent to the governor’s office to be signed into law.
There is a question about whether Gov. Jerry Brown will sign the bill because of his support of charter schools and the fact that the bill has been strongly opposed by most charter school advocates.
“This bill closes a loophole that has been used by a school district to authorize numerous charter schools outside its boundaries in contradiction to the intent of the law,” Pavley said. “Abuse of this loophole hurts legitimate charter schools, and it hurts school districts that are trying to authorize charters within their boundaries and obey the law.”
Assemblyman Scott Wilk, R-Santa Clarita, voted against the bill. He said it unfairly targets one school district at the expense of charter schools statewide. State Sen. Steve Knight also expressed opposition to the bill because, like Wilk, he felt the measure was an overly broad fix to a problem with the state’s Education Code.
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Please forward this message to Brian Walters, school board president for the Newhall School and state Sen. Fran Pavley:
Mr Walters and Senator Pavley,
I dont understand both your position regarding Charter School. As a parent and a tax payer of Santa Clarita I think we have a choice to choose where to enroll our Children. Please explain and shed some light on the fact that aside from Financial funding issue, is there any legitimate reason why you have to pursue the Bill against Charter schools.
Mr. Walters and Senator Pavley,
Why are you both against Charter Schools? It seem that the only thing you both are looking at is $$$$ for your district. Think hard enough to see if the money “Funding” of your district is worth enough to stop the other kids from choosing their happiness an their well being. I have kids that attended public schools, but at the end of the day. I chose a charter school to have more options, which i did not have in a public school. We have a freedom of speech country. Don’t forget that. You both are just looking at having kids drop out of school because they are not challenge enough educationally and personally. Fix your district first before trying to give everybody else a hard time. Make the best decision, so you can have a peaceful sleep at night. Have a great day!!!!