Tue09162014

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Charter school drafts language to include BCS in bond measure

As the Los Altos School District prepares a bond measure for the November ballot, Bullis Charter School board members are drafting language to include the charter school in the push for new funding.

“We believe public-school tax dollars should be allocated fairly among all public school kids, including Bullis Charter School students,” said charter school board member Francis La Poll at the school’s March 17 board meeting.

The board agreed to consult an attorney to assist in drafting inclusive language, which would be potentially included in the ballot resolution. Any proposed language addition would need to be submitted to the district before the August deadline for measure filing.

Board members also discussed the ongoing enrollment-figure negotiation that would affect how much space the district allocates to the charter school next year. District Trustee Tammy Logan, speaking from the audience, said that in order to authenticate Bullis Charter School’s enrollment projection for next year, the district requires confidential access to a list of names and addresses of district students who plan to enroll at Bullis Charter School for the upcoming school year.

Charter school board member Andrea Eyring said the school’s charter prevents the administration from sharing identifying information about non-enrolled students who indicate their intent to attend the school next year. Sharing that information could, in theory, lead to retaliation against parents planning to switch schools.

“If we overcast, there’s a mechanism to compensate for that,” Bullis board member Peter Evans said, alluding to the fact that under charter school law, schools can be fined if they overestimate their enrollment by more than 10 percent, leading to over-allocation of rented portables and/or shared facilities.

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