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Rural District Under Fire for Authorizing Charters

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A rural district in Southern California is the subject of several lawsuits after it authorized charter schools that have opened in neighboring districts, according to LA School Report.

The Acton-Agua Dulce Unified district has approved more than 20 new charter schools in recent years, many located in nearby districts. California's charter school law says that if a charter school is unable to operate within a district, it can operate outside district boundaries. Acton-Agua Dulce says it does not have the facilities and other resources to house charter schools within its boundaries.

The district charges a fee to manage the charter schools it authorizes. In recent months, the Los Angeles, Pasadena, and Newhall districts have each filed lawsuits in protest of the charter schools that have opened within their service areas.

Vol. 34, Issue 12, Page 5

Published in Print: November 12, 2014, as Rural District Under Fire for Authorizing Charters
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