A judge denied Bullis Charter School’s arguments last week, rejecting a motion that challenged whether the court should hear the Los Altos School District’s cross-complaint.
The motion relates to a lawsuit over the charter school’s physical facilities, which the school district provides. The charter school argued that the district’s 2012-2013 facilities offer failed to meet the threshold of “reasonably equivalent” to other district schools, as mandated by Proposition 39, approved by California voters in 2000.
The district filed a cross-complaint questioning whether it is required to provide Bullis Charter School with any facilities at all, based on the charter school’s fundraising and enrollment practices, which the district claims are not in line with the intent of Proposition 39. Bullis Charter School challenged the legitimacy of the cross-complaint in oral arguments March 5 in Santa Clara County Superior Court.
“(The cross-motion) calls on the court to interpret the law as it relates to the Los Altos School District, not to determine whether Bullis has violated its charter,” said Judge Carol Overton in her final ruling published last week.
The latest ruling paves the way for discovery and depositions addressing the district’s cross-complaint to begin. As of the Town Crier’s Monday deadline, there were no future court dates set.
Overton also rejected the school district’s request for compensation for legal fees related to the charter school’s motion.