SACRAMENTO -- The Mt. Diablo Unified School District hopes state education trustees will side with it Wednesday, when the state board reconsiders a waiver of extra costs to run the new Clayton Valley Charter High School.
Charter schools are funded at higher rates than district schools and district officials say they will have to pay about $1.7 million more to the charter than they receive from the state. The district would have to pay the charter about $979 more per student, under current law.
The school converted to a charter earlier this month, after a heated battle in the district that pitted some parents and administrators from other schools against those in the charter's attendance area. The main objection of many charter opponents was that their children would lose money that would end up supporting charter students, creating inequity.
If the state board denies the waiver, the district will have to make $1.7 million in cuts to other schools, said district Board President Sherry Whitmarsh.
College Park High parent Matt Lovett said he hopes the board sides with the district.
"I don't think it was ever the intent of the legislature to put this funding inequity in place," he said.
In May, the state board voted 4-2 to deny the waiver, but there were not enough votes in favor of the motion for it to pass, according to board rules. California Department of Education staff recommended denying the waiver because it would cost
Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla, D-Concord, has proposed legislation that would remedy the funding inequity, but her bill is still working its way through the Legislature. If too few trustees vote to deny the waiver again, it would automatically be approved without conditions, according to statute.
More information about the State Board of Education meeting is available by visiting: http://www.cde.ca.gov/be.
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