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District Denies Charter Petition — Again

The Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District Board of Education on Tuesday denied a second petition from the Tri-Valley Learning Corporation to open up a third charter school in town.

The Tri-Valley Learning Corporation's latest attempt to open a third charter school in town was unanimously rejected Tuesday by the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District Board of Education, according to a report by the Valley Times.

This was the second attempt by the corporation to get a petition to open the proposed Portola Academy K-8 school approved by the district in 12 months.

Further details from the Valley Times report:

A report by the district's staff said the petition for Portola Academy lacked a clear description of its educational program; did not have clear plan to attract a racially and ethnically balanced student population; would not be able to successfully implement its programs; and questioned its financial plan.

The original petition was first denied by the district in October 2011. It also was later denied by the Alameda County Board of Education and the state Board of Education earlier this year.

View the full Valley Times report on the Contra Costa Times website.

Mal Luba October 23, 2012 at 02:09 AM
Darwinian Justice… first of all, I’d like to thank you for striking a more civil tone in your last post. You responded to my post point by point without being overly offensive. A good, collegial debate of the issue is completely welcome. You raise the question of choice. I can’t speak for anyone else, but I am all for choice. Time and again, you have mentioned that LVJUSD is trying to take away your right to choose. I don’t believe this is the case. I am a parent in Livermore, too, and I very much enjoy that I have the right to choose from several schools options; including 11 public elementary schools and several private schools. I don’t think this issue is about taking away anyone’s freedom to choose. When the district closed Portola Elementary a few years ago, I doubt you felt that your right to choose was being violated. What was the difference? Next. You keep talking about the district trying to shut LVCS down. This article is not at all about shutting down the existing LVCS campuses. It is about the Livermore School Board denying the petition to open a third school. I’m unclear as to how you read this article, and took it to mean that the district was trying to shut down the existing charter schools.
Mal Luba October 23, 2012 at 02:10 AM
Even if this decision WAS tied to shutting down the existing two campuses, there is no discrimination against whites, Asians, or Indians happening here. The law states that a charter school’s student body must match, in proportion, the community that it serves. If LVCS is breaking this law, and is threatened with closure for failure to comply, that is not discrimination. Finally, let’s talk for a minute about Marylin Avenue, LVCS, and how they compare. You keep mentioning API, so I went to the California Department of Education’s website to gather some data. If we just look at API vs. API, we’re comparing apples to oranges. The demographics of the two schools are very different. Surely, you would agree that students who are learning English as a second language and students who are living in poverty have hurdles to overcome that native English speaking middle class students don’t have to worry about. So let’s do what we can to look at data that strips out those differences. Let’s just look at the Caucasian API’s of both schools. LVCS has a Caucasian API of 912 while Marylin Avenue’s is 873. Both are very strong showings.
Mal Luba October 23, 2012 at 02:10 AM
Realize, though, that the data doesn’t separate out students living in poverty from those who are not. That is confidential data, and is not reported on the CDE website. Without a doubt, a good portion of Marylin’s Caucasian students included in that 873 are living in poverty. If we could have access to the Caucasian non-poverty API (which would more closely match the LVCS student body), we would see a score that was even closer to the LVCS API. Perhaps even higher… there is no way for us to disaggregate that data. You can see, though, that it’s not the average student score that you need to concern yourself with, it’s the score of the students that match the profile of your child. So here’s a question: If you were to see conclusive proof that Marylin’s non-poverty Caucasian students outperformed those at LVCS, would you want to move your child to Marylin?
Alan Heckman November 06, 2012 at 06:46 AM
Here is a link to the video of the denial portion of the hearing. It is too big to upload. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TVd_BQOpKBY
Alan December 17, 2012 at 06:03 AM
Competition is good for the consumer - the children of Livermore. It is not good for the district nor the district teacher's union.

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