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    County Education Office Questions Acton Agua Dulce Financial Plan

    Los Angeles County Office of Education officials released a report recently detailing financial concerns with the Acton Agua-Dulce Unified School District. A LACOE report from the county’s Fiscal Crisis and Management Assistance Team notes the district is in financial distress due to declining enrollments and a loss of students, which AADUSD officials have known for years.

    Assembly Passes SB 1263 To Limit Charter School Approvals

    California Assembly members approved SB 1263 Tuesday, a Santa Clarita Valley bill targeting a local school district’s proliferation of charter school approvals.

    Einstein Academy Opens Elementary School At Old Pinecrest Site

    Photo courtesy of Einstein Academy

    Albert Einstein Academy for the Letters, Arts and Sciences officials hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for their elementary school at a former Pinecrest school site in Santa Clarita this week.


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    Assembly Education Committee Approves Santa Clarita Valley Charter School Bill

    Santa Clarita Valley officials addressing what Senate Bill 1263 supporters call a “loophole” in charter school law garnered a victory Wednesday with in the bill’s passage in the Assembly Education Committee. Opponents of the bill called it an unnecessary statewide reaction to “a neighborhood brawl” in the Santa Clarita Valley during a committee hearing in Sacramento this week. The bill authored by Sen. Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills, is a response to Santa Clarita Valley superintendents seeking to stop the alleged “shopping” of charter school petitions to the Acton Agua Dulce Unified School District’s governing board.

    Castaic School District To Look At Elections, Lawsuit, Budget Tonight

    The Castaic Union School District is looking at a pair of separate legal actions at a special board meeting Monday night, district officials said. A lawsuit against another school district and the potential for changing the election of the governing board are two items of discussion on the agenda. The meeting was called to formally approve the district’s Local Control Accountability Plan, a state-mandated spending plan the school district reviewed at a public hearing on Thursday. The district will also be adopting a general fund budget of $21.5 million.

    County Puts 2 More Charter School Approvals By AADUSD On Hold

    Los Angeles County education officials put two more charter school approvals from the Acton Agua Dulce Unified School District on hold recently, in light of continued concerns about the district’s finances. A letter sent June 12 to school board President Mark Distaso was the second in a month, which sought to hold off on additional charter school petition approvals until the district’s budget and planned approvals can be reviewed by a Fiscal Crisis and Management Assistance Team. “As with our stay of five board actions taken on May 22, 2014, and communicated to you in a letter dated May 30, 2014, (attached), we believe there is a high probability that these Board actions may be inconsistent with the fiscal recovery of the district,” the letter states.

    Newhall School District Files Lawsuit Over AADUSD Einstein Academy Approvals

    The Newhall School District filed a lawsuit Friday against the Acton Agua Dulce Unified School District seeking to overturn the school district's approval of a charter school for Einstein Academy

    Five Santa Clarita School District Superintendents Support SB 1263

    Five Santa Clarita Valley school district superintendents sent out a letter calling on legislators to support SB 1263, which would reform charter school law

    Einstein Academy Denies Saugus District's Offer Of Space At Rio Vista

    Despite requesting the use of Saugus Union School District facilities in November, Albert Einstein Academy refused the district's offer on Monday. School districts are legally required give charter schools equal access to facilities under Prop. 39.

    SCVi Charter School To Celebrate 1 Year For The Cafe

    SCVi, a charter school in Castaic, is celebrating the one year birthday for its unique food services program at The Cafe