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ACCS Meeting Notes for November 30, 2011

Advisory Commission on Charter Schools - ACCS Meeting Notes for November 30, 2011.

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

 

Wednesday, November 30, 2011
10:00 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 November 30, 2011, Advisory Commission on Charter Schools meeting, including closed-captioning, are available on the ACCS Webcast Archive Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/be/cc/cs/accswbcstrchv.asp.

 

COMMISSION MEMBERS

Vicki Barber
Brian Bauer
Gary Davis
Kelly Kovacic
John Porter (Absent)
Mark Ryan
Deb Sigman*
Christopher Thomsen
Curtis L. Washington (Absent)

*Represents the State Superintendent of Public Instruction

Liaisons from the State Board of Education in Attendance:

Yvonne Chan
Trish Williams

Principal Staff to the Commission:

Julie Briggs, Education Fiscal Services Consultant, Charter Schools Division

James Harris, Consultant, Charter Schools Division

Bonnie Galloway, Education Administrator, Charter Schools Division

AGENDA ITEMS

REVIEW AND ADOPTION OF MEETING NOTES

  • ACTION: Commissioner Ryan moved to adopt the Meeting Notes from the September 28, 2011 ACCS meeting.

Commissioner Davis seconded the motion.

Yes Votes: Bauer, Davis, Kovacic, Ryan, Sigman, Thomsen.

No Votes: None.

Abstention: Barber.

ITEM 1
Subject: Petition for the Establishment of a Charter School Under the Oversight of the State Board of Education: Consideration of Rocketship Charter School, San Francisco (RSSF), Which Was Denied by the San Francisco Unified School District Board of Education.
  • ACTION: Commissioner Ryan moved that the ACCS recommend that the SBE approve the petition to establish RSSF charter school under the oversight of the SBE.

Commissioner Davis seconded the motion.

Commissioner Barber disclosed that other Rocketship charter schools participate in the El Dorado County SELPA, but there have been no conversation regarding whether this school might participate in the SELPA. However, she has consulted with her attorney and SBE legal counsel, who have advised that because she does not have a financial interest in the decision, she does not have a conflict of interest.

Aye Votes: Barber, Bauer, Davis, Kovacic, Ryan, Thomsen.

No Votes: Sigman.

Motion passes 6-1.

ITEM 2
Subject: Petition for the Establishment of a Charter School Under the Oversight of the State Board of Education: Consideration of Rocketship Oakland (RSO), Which Was Denied by the Oakland Unified School District Board of Education and the Alameda County Office Board of Education.
  • ACTION: Commissioner Barber moved that the ACCS recommend that the SBE approve the petition to establish RSO charter school under the oversight of the SBE.

Commissioner Davis seconded the motion.

Aye Votes: Barber, Bauer, Davis.

No Votes: Kovacic, Ryan, Sigman, Thomsen.

Motion Failed. 3-4.

  • ACTION: Commissioner Sigman moved that the ACCS adopt the CDE staff’s proposed recommendation. CDE staff’s recommendation was that the ACCS recommend that the SBE deny the RSO petition.

Commissioner Kovacic seconded the motion.

Commissioner Barber clarified that Deputy Superintendent Sigman motion was to support the CDE staff’s recommendation which was based on the financial concerns detailed in the agenda item (4 bullets on page 2). Deputy Superintendent Sigman answered in the affirmative.

Based on that clarification, Commissioner Kovacic withdrew her 2nd.

The motion failed for lack of a second.

The Commissioners discussed the reasons why they declined to recommend approval of the petition to the SBE. There was consensus that their reasons were based on the fact that the petition did not address the needs of the target population and the need for RSO to obtain additional community support.

The meeting adjourned at 3:10pm.

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