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ACCS Meeting Notes for February 6, 2013

Advisory Commission on Charter Schools - ACCS Meeting Notes for February 6, 2013.

Advisory Commission on Charter Schools
An Advisory Body to the State Board of Education

Wednesday, February 6, 2013
9:30 a. m. ± – 4:00 p. m. ±

California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Room 1101
Sacramento, CA 95814-5901
916-322-6029

Please note that the complete proceedings of the February 6, 2013, Advisory Commission on Charter Schools (ACCS) meeting, including open-captioning, are available online at: http://www.cde.ca.gov/be/cc/cs/accswbcstrchv.asp.

Commission Members:

Brian Bauer, Chair

Gary Davis

Ari Engelberg

Mick Founts

John Porter

Julie Russell1

Mark Ryan

Christopher Thomsen (absent)

Curtis L. Washington (absent)

Liaisons from the State Board of Education (SBE)

Bruce Holaday

Trish Williams

Principal Staff:

Cindy Chan, Administrator, California Department of Education

Chiem-Seng Yaangh, Administrator, California Department of Education

Charlene Schmid, Education Programs Consultant, California Department of Education

Judy Cias, Chief Counsel, SBE 

Jill Rice, Assistant Legal Counsel, SBE

 

1 Represents the State Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

 

Commissioner Bauer called the meeting to order at approximately 9:32 a.m.

Salute to the Flag

GENERAL BUSINESS

 

Administration of Oath to Commissioners Bauer, Davis, Engelberg, and Founts by SBE member Trish Williams.

Action:

Commissioner Ryan moved approval of minutes with typographical change to correct the misspelling of Commissioner Ryan’s last name.

Commissioner Davis seconded the motion.

Yes votes: Porter, Bauer, Russell, Davis, Ryan

No votes: none

Abstentions:  Founts, Engleberg

The motion passes with 5 votes.

AGENDA ITEMS

Item 1
Subject:  Consideration of Requests for Determination of Funding as Required for Nonclassroom-based Charter Schools Pursuant to California Education Code Sections 47612.5 and 47634.2, and Associated California Code of Regulations Title 5.

CDE Recommendation: The CDE recommends the following:

Loma Vista Charter School – 100% for 2 years for Fiscal Years 2011-12 through 2012-13;

Charter Home School Academy – 100% for 4 years for Fiscal Years 2012-13 through 2015-16;

Taylion Virtual Academy, National University Academy Armona, and Paradise eLearning Academy – 100% for 3 years for Fiscal Years 2012-13 through 2014-15; and

Choice 2000 Charter School – 100% for 2 years for Fiscal Years 2012-13 through 2013-14.

Action: Commissioner Ryan moved recommendation to the SBE of CDE staff recommendation.

Commissioner Davis seconded the motion.

Yes votes: Porter, Bauer, Russell, Davis, Ryan, Founts, and Engelberg

Abstentions: none

No votes: none

The motion passes with 7 votes.

Item 2
Subject:  Consideration of “Reasonable Basis”/Mitigating Circumstances Requests for Determination of Funding as Required for Nonclassroom–Based Charter Schools Pursuant to California Education Code sections 47612.5 and 47634.2, and Associated California Code of Regulations Title 5.

CDE Recommendation: The CDE recommends the following:

Da Vinci Science Charter School and Da Vinci Design for 100% for 4 years for Fiscal Years 2011-12 through 2014-15;

Home Tech Charter School, Keyes to Learning Charter School, Diamond Mountain Charter High School, California Virtual  Academy @ Sonoma,  Independence Charter, Sherman Thomas Charter High School, and Vantage Point Charter School for 100% funding for 4 years for Fiscal Years 2012-13 through 2015-16;

Classical Academy High School and Excelsior Education Center for 100% funding for 5 years for Fiscal Years 2012-13 through 2016-17;

River Oaks Academy and Ivy Tech Charter for 100% funding for 3 years for Fiscal Years 2012-13 through 2014-15;

Alpaugh Achievement Academy Charter/National University, Mt. Lassen Charter, Greater San Diego Academy, FAME Public Charter School, Mattole Valley Charter School, California Virtual Academy @ Sutter, California Virtual Academy @ Kings, Rio Valley Charter School, and California Virtual Academy @ San Mateo for 100% for 2 years for Fiscal Years 2012-13 through 2013-14; and

Opportunities for Learning @ Capistrano for 85% for 2 years for Fiscal Years 2012-13 through 2013-14.

Action: Commissioner Ryan moved recommendation to the SBE of CDE staff recommendation for Da Vinci Science Charter School and Da Vinci Design for 100% for 4 years for Fiscal Years 2011-12 through 2014-15 .

Commissioner Porter seconded the motion.

Yes votes: Porter, Bauer, Russell, Davis, Ryan, Founts, and Engelberg.

Abstentions: none

No Votes: none

The motion passes with 7 votes.

Action: Commissioner Porter moved recommendation to the SBE of CDE staff recommendations for Home Tech Charter High School, Keyes to Learning Charter School, Diamond Mountain Charter High School, California Virtual Academy @ Sonoma,  Independence Charter, Sherman Thomas Charter High School, and Vantage Point Charter School for 100% funding for 4 years for Fiscal Years 2012-13 through 2015-16; Classical Academy High School and Excelsior Education Center for 100% funding for 5 years for Fiscal Years 2012-13 through 2016-17; and River Oaks Academy and Ivy Tech Charter for 100% funding for 3 years for Fiscal Years 2012-13 through 2014-15.

Commissioner Davis seconded the motion.

Yes votes: Porter, Bauer, Russell, Davis, Ryan, Founts, and Engelberg

No votes: none

Abstentions: none

The motion passes with 7 votes.

Action: Commissioner Ryan moved recommendation to the SBE of CDE staff recommendations for Alpaugh Achievement Academy Charter/National University, Mt. Lassen Charter, Greater San Diego Academy, FAME Public Charter School, Mattole Valley Charter School, California Virtual Academy @ Sutter, California Virtual Academy @ Kings, Rio Valley Charter School, and California Virtual Academy @ San Mateo for 100% for 2 years for Fiscal Years 2012-13 through 2013-14.

Commissioner Founts seconded the motion.

Yes votes: Porter, Bauer, Russell, Davis, Ryan, Founts, and Engelberg

No votes: none

Abstentions: none

The motion passes with 7 votes.

Action: Commissioner Ryan moved recommendation to the SBE of a funding determination for Opportunities for Learning @ Capistrano for 100% for 5 years for Fiscal Years 2012-13 through 2016-17.

Commissioner Porter seconded the motion.

Yes votes: Porter, Bauer, Davis, Ryan, Founts, and Engelberg

Abstentions: none

No votes: Russell

The motion passes with 6 votes.

Item 3
Subject: The School of Arts and Enterprise: Consider a Material Revision of the Charter to Expand From Grades Nine Through twelve to Grades Six Through Twelve.

CDE Recommendation: The California Department of Education (CDE) proposes to recommend that the SBE hold a public hearing to approve, with technical amendments as specified in Attachment 1, the request to revise SAE’s charter petition to add grades six through eight to the existing high school program, increase the school’s enrollment cap to 780 students, and allow the school to secure additional facilities effective July 1, 2013.

Action: Member Ryan moved recommendation to the SBE for approval of the material revision to the School of Arts an Enterprise charter petition, with technical amendments proposed by the CDE staff in Attachment 1.

Member Porter seconded the motion.

Yes votes: Porter, Bauer, Russell, Davis, Ryan, Founts, and Engelberg

No votes: none

Abstentions: none

The motion passes with 7 votes.

Item 6 RETRACTED BY PETITIONER
Item 7
Subject: Recommendations Regarding Revocation of Charter Schools Identified Pursuant to California Education Code Section 47604.5 and California Code of Regulations, Title 5, Section 11968.5.

CDE Recommendation:

Animo Locke Technology High  - The California Department of Education will work with the authorizer as the authorizer continues to monitor the progress of the school and take appropriate action as deemed necessary.

ASA Charter - The California Department of Education will work with the authorizer as the authorizer continues to monitor the progress of the school and take appropriate action as deemed necessary.

Diamond Mountain Charter High - The CDE will work with the authorizer as it continues to monitor the progress of the school and take appropriate action as deemed necessary.

Envision Academy for Arts and Technology - The California Department of Education will work with the authorizer as the authorizer continues to monitor the progress of the school and take appropriate action as deemed necessary.

Esquela Popular Accelerated Family Learning - The California Department of Education will work with the authorizer as the authorizer continues to monitor the progress of the school and take appropriate action as deemed necessary.

Joe Serna Jr. Charter - The California Department of Education will work with the authorizer as the authorizer continues to monitor the progress of the school and take appropriate action as deemed necessary.

La Vida Charter - The California Department of Education will work with the authorizer as the authorizer continues to monitor the progress of the school and take appropriate action as deemed necessary.

Learning for Life Charter – The CDE recommends the SBE monitor the authorizer’s intent to revoke Learning for Life Charter. If the authorizer acts to revoke or take other corrective action prior to April 15, 2013, then CDE recommends that the SBE not take any further action. However, if no further action is taken by the local authorizer before April 15, 2013, the CDE recommends that Learning for Life Charter and Monterey Peninsula Unified School District appear at the May 2013, SBE Meeting to discuss what corrective actions it has or will undertake consistent with 5 CCR Section 11968.5(g).

Lou Dantzler Preparatory Charter High - Due to the lack of a timely response and because adequate information was not provided, the CDE recommends the SBE require Lou Dantzler Preparatory Charter High and the authorizer, LAUSD, to appear at the May 2013, SBE meeting to identify what corrective actions it has or will undertake consistent with 5 CCR Section 11968.5(g).

Nubia Leadership Academy - The California Department of Education will work with the authorizer as the authorizer continues to monitor the progress of the school and take appropriate action as deemed necessary.

Reems Academy of Technology - The California Department of Education will work with the authorizer as the authorizer continues to monitor the progress of the school and take appropriate action as deemed necessary.

Sequoia Charter - The California Department of Education will work with the authorizer as the authorizer continues to monitor the progress of the school and take appropriate action as deemed necessary.

Valley Arts and Science Academy - The California Department of Education will work with the authorizer as the authorizer continues to monitor the progress of the school and take appropriate action as deemed necessary.

 West Sacramento Early College Prep Charter - The California Department of Education will work with the authorizer as the authorizer continues to monitor the progress of the school and take appropriate action as deemed necessary.

Denair Charter Academy - Since the charter school has made academic improvements in all subgroups, the CDE recommends no action at this time, but will continue to work with the authorizer as the authorizer monitors the progress of the school through established corrective action plans. The authorizer may take further action as deemed necessary.

Eel River Charter – Round Valley Unified School District, authorizer of Eel River Charter School, currently has an academic trustee appointed by the SBE. The CDE recommends the SBE consider what steps are appropriate for Eel River Charter School based on the SBE’s communications with its trustee.

Los Angeles Academy of Arts and Enterprise – Since the charter school has made academic improvements for all subgroups and resolved compliance issues with regard to teacher credentialing, the CDE recommends no action at this time, but will continue to work with the authorizer as the authorizer monitors the progress of the school through established corrective action plans. The authorizer may take further action as deemed necessary.

New City - Since the charter school has made academic improvements in all subgroups, the CDE recommends no action at this time, but will continue to work with the authorizer as the authorizer monitors the progress of the school through established corrective action plans. The authorizer may take further action as deemed necessary.

Action: Commissioner Ryan moved recommendation to the SBE to support the Superintendent of Public Instruction’s recommendation, encouraging staff to continue to work with the two schools, Lou Dantzler Preparatory Charter High and Learning for Life Charter, in whatever way possible to provide technical assistance with the schools’ corrective action plans with the purpose of alleviating the need for these two schools to come before the SBE and are treated like the other schools identified pursuant to these regulations.

Commissioner Porter seconded the motion.

Yes votes: Porter, Bauer, Russell, Davis, Ryan, Founts, and Engelberg

No votes: none

Abstentions: none

The motion passes with 7 votes.

Report of the Superintendent of Public Instruction by Julie Russell

Meeting Adjourned at 12:07 p.m.

 


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