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OPA supporters who attended the San Diego County Board of Education meeting on April 10 held up signs with messages including, “We will not back down,” and “Sue Hartley, you represent ALL of North County, not just CUSD staff and its board members.” Photo by Rachel Stine
OPA supporters who attended the San Diego County Board of Education meeting on April 10 held up signs with messages including, “We will not back down,” and “Sue Hartley, you represent ALL of North County, not just CUSD staff and its board members.” Photo by Rachel Stine

County board denies charter school

CARLSBAD — In front of shouting, poster-wielding crowds of OPA (Oxford Preparatory Academy) supporters, the San Diego County Board of Education (SDCBOE) denied OPA’s appeal to open a charter school in Carlsbad at its April 10 meeting. In December last year, the Carlsbad Unified School District (CUSD) Board of Trustees unanimously denied OPA’s original application to open a charter school for kindergarten through eighth grade students.

OPA’s application and subsequent appeal of the CUSD Board’s decision to the SDCBOE inspired a debate that has pinned school choice against standing by public schools.

Citing the fact that some of the SDCBOE members’ children attend charter schools within the county, Carlsbad resident Ami Calhoun said to the board, “By denying OPA, you are saying that your children deserve a choice and mine don’t.”

“This is not just a rubber stamp denial,” said Dr. Eric Beam, OPA’s director of special services, addressing the board. “You have to look at these parents in the eye.”

“I understand why you doubt the district, they have an interest in the status quo,” said Board Member Gregg Robinson, addressing the audience, many of whom urged for OPA’s approval during public comments.

Yet ultimately, Robinson, along with Board President Sharon Jones and Vice President Susan Hartley, composed a majority vote to follow their staff’s recommendation to deny the charter school’s appeal.

A committee of San Diego County Office of Education staff reviewed OPA’s charter petition and concluded in a final report to the board that the petition presented an “unsound educational program” that is “demonstratively unlikely to successfully implement.”

OPA currently operates two charter schools, one in Orange County and the other in Chino Valley, which have achieved API scores above those of CUSD’s high-performing schools.

San Diego County Board of Education Member Mark Anderson (third from left) is the only board member to vote in favor of Oxford Preparatory Academy’s petition to open a site in Carlsbad.  Photo by Rachel Stine
San Diego County Board of Education Member Mark Anderson (third from left) is the only board member to vote in favor of Oxford Preparatory Academy’s petition to open a site in Carlsbad. Photo by Rachel Stine

Board of Education member Mark Anderson opposed the staff’s recommendation and voted in favor of OPA’s appeal.

“I see this energy, I see this power, I see this force that you are putting into this,” Anderson said to the present OPA supporters as they clapped and cheered for him. “I hope that you continue to fight (for your children’s education).”

Board Member Lyn Neylon abstained from voting because she was unable to attend a public hearing about OPA’s appeal. When pressed on if she had watched the recording by fellow board members, she acknowledged that she had but still felt uncomfortable voting.

Jones was berated by shouts from the audience when she said that the parents have every ability to change the education system in Carlsbad public schools.

After the Board’s vote, the meeting’s attendees filed out, murmuring comments including, “This is disgusting,” and “I can’t take this anymore.”

“Although we’re disappointed, this is the result we expected,” said Beam.

He said that OPA staff and parents would have to debrief and discuss before deciding whether or not to appeal the decision to California’s State Board of Education.



FreeChoiceParent April 13, 2013 at 10:29 pm

Some of these posters sound just like Greg Robinson in what he told me during the break at the board meeting. He told me that the charter school numbers are not really what they seem and suggested I read a book written by a professor whose research allegedly proves correct. A professor whose loyalties are with teacher’s unions no less. The monumental huberus displayed to me personally by Hartley and Robinson was pretty disappointing. I told them both that the public school’s days are numbered with the vastly increasing interest in charter schools. You don’t see school district auditoriums packed with people demanding more public schools be built. So I tell Robinson and Hartley that what you are seeing here with Oxford is Henry Ford, and all I keep hearing from the district and this Board is how thankful we should be to even have the privelage of riding a horse and how the car will never work, the data is incorrect. Sue Hartley interrupts me and asks, “how old are your children?” I tell her 2 and 4, she then says to me, “well then you have no idea how the Carlsbad school district works, now do you.”

SoccerDad April 12, 2013 at 3:27 pm

This article sure is misleading. The UT article points out that Mr. Anderson said in no way is this an endorsement to Oxford. His vote was supposed to be a symbolic gesture to urge parents to fight for education.

Eric Beam April 12, 2013 at 3:18 pm

The direct link to the CDE website for the PCSG program is at

Eric Beam April 12, 2013 at 3:15 pm

I do not normally post internet comments, but I want to make an exception to address a few things.

The grant in question is called the Public Charter Schools Grant Program Planning and Implementation Grant. I will post a link in another post, as I suspect that a first-time comment with links may get flagged as spam. This link will provide you with ample information directly from the California Department of Education (CDE). In particular, the Request for Applications (RFA) outlines the specific scoring rubric and criteria.

The charter approval process and the PCSG grant program application are not designed to be identical. The information is essentially the same, but they are different in terms format, length, and style. I strongly believe that the overlap of the two is high enough for such discrepant conclusions to raise concern. This is not the only metric where these discrepancies occur.

The parent group fighting for OPA does their best to do their research and due diligence to understand and communicate information. I commend their efforts in their willingness to tackle the more technical stuff. My comments at the hearing and meeting were highly edited due to time constraints. I am willing to clarify any statements that I have made and/or discuss our program and charter with anyone who wishes to learn more in a more appropriate venue. Now that they have voted, I would love to give any board member a tour of our schools so that they may witness the true reality of an average lesson on an average day with their own eyes. I will not even ask them to openly admit that they are witnessing a comprehensively designed, sound, and well implemented educational program that can meet the needs of all students.

Secondly, I would also like to challenge large aggregate studies regarding charters whether they support OPA or not. We would like to be evaluated on our own merits. Charter schools have a very high level of variance from state-to-state and from school-to-school. This is why they are disproportionately represented in both “Best of…” and “Worst of…” lists. In fact, outside pressure often targets successful programs more than the under-performers. For this reason, I personally commend CCSA’s attempts to close under-performing charter schools.

It makes me sad when I hear some parents and educators claim that our results are primarily due to our student population sample and a failure to serve ALL students. They demean the hard work and progress of our students. Even worse is that these statements reveal that the claimants have already predetermined an achievement limit for students who are English Learners, minorities, poor, or have disabilities. ALL students deserve to be surrounded by adults that do not have these predetermined assumptions on their potential. They deserve to be surrounded by adults whose only priority is to nurture and reveal every ounce of potential that they possess.

This is my first year working at OPA, and I have never previously worked in charter schools. My faith in this program is full and sincere. In fact, all of my efforts for OPA-Carlsbad are as a parent volunteer. My work week is very long and full with my duties as a special education administrator. I only introduce myself as an employee of OPA so that I am being upfront about my two roles.

I have full confidence that time will show how much of our students’ success is the result of a great team partnering with families to implement a great program.

I am truly blessed to be a member of the OPA family as an employee.

I will not back down until my children are even more blessed to be OPA Champions.

Eric Beam, Ed.D.
Director of Special Services

Carlsbad Parent April 13, 2013 at 5:41 pm

Mr. Beam,

First, I want to thank you for giving your point of view in a respectful, professional manner.

Second, in no way did I want to allude to the fact that OPA does not put all their efforts into providing top notch education for their students. My point was that “the type” of student at the two sites are favorable to CST results and API just as the top performing schools in San Diego County (La Jolla, Carmel Valley, Carlsbad). Yes, all groups of students need top notch educators who support their learning.

A lot of the comments and positions of OPA supporters are undermining the work that CUSD staff is doing on a daily basis. CUSD has parents that are super involved to those that want to basically drop their kids off somewhere. The teachers and staff work hard to beat any barriers that prevent students from learning.

If there is a further appeal, isn’t the state going to look at the charter application the same way as the district and county did?

Didn’t board member Anderson not to endorse OPA but support parents fighting for their kids?

Aren’t the state stats on similar schools and performance misleading? Some of the similar school comparisons are actually not similar.

I, and many of the other parents hope that EVERYONE will put their efforts in their schools to achieve what they are looking for.

Carlsbad parent April 12, 2013 at 12:02 pm

Everyone, the state board of ed. is also required to review the exact same petition that was submitted to district and county. They are not supposed to make a decision based on parents’ desire. A state appeal hearing will take months before it would be placed on the agenda. The next school year will have already started.

Teachers and admin should be monitoring students’ behavior. At AOM, that is exactly what happens. Teachers and admin are from bullies. They have top notch staff!

“The state approved all criteria….” interesting article above. Just because OPA says something, it doesn’t mean it is fact.

I am well researched! As far as volunteering and lunch students, the point being made is that will deter the population that needs this charter school the most from applying, which it has in Chino and MV.

My Child's Advocate April 12, 2013 at 10:06 am

Funny how State can find Oxford to be a sound education and award them a 375,000.00 start up grant. Know why a crowd was shouting b/c it was lies provided by a staff & CUSD that says it’s not sound, b/c how can you run 2 schools over 2 1/2 hours apart from each other and get exccellent results AND still operate w/ a 5% reserve budget EACH year. Were as CUSD has it’s board members living here in C’bad except for Mrs. Lovely she lives out of district and they can’t manage their budget. we are operating in the red and next year 2013-2014 school year CUSD per their meeting in March will be firing 11 teachers and increasing class sizes 34 kids in K-2nd, & 36.5 in 3rd-8th. And FYI their was a comment praised re: Aviara Middle school, just incase you missed marches CUSD board meeting a parent stood up talked about the Staff at aviara middle school and how they (the teachers) bully the kids there, the paent approached the principle there and was bullied enough so that he went to the board meeting to get them involved to look into the matter. So if you want to send your kids to a school that just teaches them how to bully others instead of being prepared for the next level of their education go ahead. B/c they won’t be ready for the real world b/c we are changing and becoming more global, and if you wen tot he City Hall meeting you will have heard the gentleman stand up and say our collage grads & H.S. grads are not being hired b/c they are not prepared for a global world…go to C-bad’s City hall website watch the video I believe it was March 15th.
OXFORD out preforms CUSD by a 168% in all subgroups, those w/ IEP’s you aren’t looked over you are excelling there, socioeconomical differences excel, latino’s/hispanic subgroup they excel, they don’t just get by, and CUSD has an average of 5.6-10.9 above state level where as Oxford is a 45% high above state requirements. So as I explain to my 1st grader do you want 5 pieces of bubble gum for 5 cents, or 10 pieces of bubble gum for 4 cents…b-c Oxford offers more then CUSD w/ a smaller budget, and still comes out w/ extra money!
One reason for the denial was that they didn’t offer a reduced lunch, BTW charters don’t have to, but,think about it, uniforms decrease your cost (there is data proving such) & you’d beable to provide a sack lunch for your child b/c you aren’t having to keep them up w/ the latest fashion trend & their focus is more on their studies not what they “don’t have” to fit in.
And the volunteer hours asked by OPA, you mean to tell me you couldn’t help w/ an after school function? Father Daughter dance? Picnic in the Park?, Im ean there are a lot of parents that don’t volunteer just a handful, and I bet if OPA got a handful of parents like our school it would be fine.
Please educate yourself go to the State Dept. Of Education, and don’t look at just the API’s look how weel they are impacting our students b/c the Similar school rank shows a 2 meaning 20% of the population of the students is grasping the material, some are a 4, so a 5 some a 6, only 2 are a 9 & great for them, but 80% of our schools in CUSD are an embarrassment.

vaterfair April 12, 2013 at 8:51 am

shouting poster-wielding crowds. guess that’s what you learn at OPA?

P. Willardson April 14, 2013 at 12:40 am

If OPA does offer this kind of education to students, then no one would want to attend this school. If no one wants to have their kids attend OPA, then why such fighting going on to keep them out. Reality is CUSD and EVERYONE in Carlsbad knows, THOUSANDS will want to attend OPA- or any other GOOD charter schools. This is why CUSD will spend $$$$$$ to “protect themselves from charter schools” This is fact, this is the reason why CUSD and its board did not rent out Magnolia to Julian charter school for $450,000. They would rather accept $250,000 from a PRIVATE SCHOOL. Don’t kid yourselves, they knew that if a charter rents out any facility from them, the waiting list would be miles long. Don’t believe me, try asking them to rent out a space for any school and see what they will say. STARVE THE BEAST THAT IS CUSD and CUTA, sell your houses that are under water and move to another district. It will only gets worst from here. It’s too late, the can of worms has been opened, charters will come into Carlsbad. Maybe not this year, but they will. The force is great and strong. Doesn’t matter how much lies and distortion of facts Claudine Jones and Ms. Angry Kym S#@$%)*!!w does.

Jaime Lecole April 12, 2013 at 12:10 am

How does the state find in favor of 50 out of 50 items to fund a start up grant? – Big surprise! It’s not really looking & these charters are counting on it (all the way to the bank – Nubia, Ivy Academia, etc.) Shame on California. Fiscal oversight in this state is appalling. Taxpayer dollars wasted all over the place. Carlsbad doesn’t need more schools. It has plenty.

“Audit: US oversight of charter school funds lax”
By CHRISTINA HOAG | Associated Press: The education department’s Office of Innovation and Improvement spent $940 million from 2008 to 2011 on charter schools, which are autonomously operated public schools. Most of the money is funneled through state education departments, although some is given directly to charter schools.

The funds are administered through competitive grants aimed at helping launch new charters and replicate successful charter models.

The inspector general said the innovation office has not given proper guidance to states on monitoring the use of the money and does not have policies to ensure that states corrected deficiencies when they were found.

Additionally, the audit, which was conducted by San Francisco-based education research company WestEd, found that the office did not review expenditures to ensure they met with federal disbursement requirements.

The office has agreed to beef up its procedures to track federal funds and ensure states are adequately overseeing charter schools, the report said.

WestEd also examined state charter oversight policies in California, Arizona and Florida, which collectively received $275 million in federal funds for charter schools from 2008 to 2011.

Among the findings:

In California, which has received nearly $182 million in federal charter grants from 2008 to 2011, auditors found “significant weaknesses” in charter oversight, such as school reviewers being unqualified to conduct on-site school visits. One reviewer felt “awkward” conducting site visits because of a lack of knowledge and experience, the report said.

California Department of Education spokeswoman Tina Jung said officials in Sacramento had just received the report and were reviewing it, but she acknowledged that the department had been aware of oversight deficiencies.

“Even before this review, we recognized the need to build our monitoring capacity, and that effort has already begun,” she said.

John April 12, 2013 at 9:11 am

I agree somehow we have these strip mall Charter Schools, and there are loop holes to getting a Charter School in a strip mall or a bad one to exist. California Charter School Association would also agree some Charter Schools should not be in existence, and they are working to close those down.

Oxford is not that school and the petition was the same and CUSD and SDCOE just falsified their report like someone else mentioned because they can. It is not that they are better and wiser then the State Board of Education they just have a high interest to keep Oxford out. If you own Coke and Pepsi wanted to exist but had to ask Coke first what would Coke say if they held that power? That is the easiest way to sum it up. To put a Charter Petition before the State Board and have it pass via the State Board is not easy, they are strict since they are the overseeing agency.

So that should give you some comfort after you read the article you mentioned. Oxford has gone through the proper channels to exist and is very successful, so they have earned the right to exist, you can not say that for all Charter Schools and that is a flaw in the system.

As far as parents fighting to bring in a Charter School to Carlsbad this is the best in the State, so these are wise parents who are fighting for the right school for your community. Not many communities get Charter Schools that already have a history and track record at least you are guaranteed a great school, unlike those communities that are taking a chance it works out with a start up.

Good Luck Oxford!

My Child's Advocate April 12, 2013 at 10:11 am

You know what i say shame on..The Teacher’s Union! Over 1 mil. spent on prop 8, what for??? So that when they need a favor from a politician they can say “I scratched your back now you scratch mine.”
1Mil. dollars that SHOULD HAVE, not could have, that should have been applied to our educators & our students!!
Look at what we get now in CUSD increas class sized 34 students K-2nd, 36.5 students in 3rd-8th 46 or 48 in the H.S.
Look what Unions did to Detriot…”The Land of Unions”.

Marilynn Gallagher April 11, 2013 at 10:33 pm

Carlsbad parent, a paid employee is never “neutral”. They get a paycheck for whom they are evaluating. It wasnt a handpicked jury, it was a group of paid employees that looked over the petition.

That is kind of like saying the petition was “FAIRLY EVALUATED” by the same lawyer who dissed our last petition.
In the HISTORY of San Diego, no charter has ever been approved on appeal in a basic aid district. We anticipated what would happen, but, the knowledge that there was One FEARLESS member on that board who is an independent thinker gives us more momentum toward the very charter friendly state. Who, by the way is LOOKING for good charters to approve, especially in districts that are declining like Carlsbad.With all of the kids who have left the schools this year, the numbers will be even more in our favor. Time will tell.

It is OK if you accept 34 kids per class and constant bickering between the teachers unions and the DIstrict. The district was exposed last night for what it is. I cant imagine that Superintendent LOVELY felt too good driving all the way back to her home up in Orange County. I hope we are not being billed for her gasoline.

OPA Mom wanna be April 11, 2013 at 9:13 pm

This is the problem, if you read the report you were reading a bunch of lies and this “neutral” group you talk of, no way are they “neutral’. Thank you for trying to get yourself educated on the topic but you can’t based on the false report both agencies put out. If I read those reports I too would not approve OPA. What is hard for many people to accept is that people who we are supposed to trust can out right lie and worse they get away with it, we are powerless to challenge them. That is the biggest and most concerning part of this whole mess. Seriously one of the top school in the state, CA gave them a start up grant based on the SAME petition the district denied, does it make sense that they do not know how to educate children and run a successful school? Scores and programs that blow CUSD away how how can that make sense to you. Really I am telling you until I am blue in the face LIES LIES LIES! WAKE UP! This is traditional public schools scared at its finest, they will do whatever to keep Charters out that is the bottom line. CUSD, Unions whoever is scared to death and they lie because they can. SDCOE will always try and back a district, the vote was determined before it ever began the SDCOE lawyer could have read Hamlet and based on that the Board would have voted no on OPA. Neylon did not vote because why should she it was already 3-1, so why go against her board members and vote yes if she did not have too, or No and disappoint the crowd even more. It was a whimpy thing to do and I can not believe that is even possible to do.
Parent volunteer requirements 20 hours per year per family! Can you cut out stars, then you are good! Plus if you can’t volunteer for whatever reason they can’t force you and I am sure someone else at the school would pick up your hours for you. So really are you saying that 20 hours per year per family is alot? But lets be dramatic and make it seem like such a hardship on families, OPA would not work with families, and Oh brother! As for the lunch program, that is another lame excuse, those kids eat they all eat!
I think the frustration lies in the fact that we as OPA supporters know the true facts and can not believe in this country this actually happens.

Carlsbad Parent April 11, 2013 at 8:30 pm

I would most definitely not give my name. However, I am not affiliated with the site that most of you are from. I do thank all of you for all that you have put in to your current community school.

I do agree that we need new elected officials.

I applaud all parents who care and are involved in their children’s education.

I watched the entire portion on OPA online last night. I read the entire report about the OPA application. This NEUTRAL group of expert educators found many issues with the application. Their vote was not supposed to be based on feelings but evidence they received.

CEF provides the music class and will be providing science lab teachers next year at the schools (elementary).

To quote (paraphrase) another board member from the meeting: no free and reduced subsidized lunch students and parent volunteer requirements lead to a student body that is favorable to high scores and API.

Finally, congrats to Aviara Oaks Middle for being recognized as a CA Distinguished School and helping close the achievement gap.

Eileen April 11, 2013 at 8:25 pm

It is eye-opening to say the least! The San Diego County board of Education doesn’t care about kids. They care about politics and dollars. The exception is Anderson, who knew his vote was symbolic because none of the other board members cared to even do the research. It’s disgusting that we as parents don’t have control over the fate of our children’s education. The board says we have choices, but only as long as we choose one of their schools, that clearly are not working for many of our children. Carlsbad used to be known as a great school district. People would move from other cities just to get their kids into the boundaries of Carlsbad. Now, parents are leaving to find other options. The tide is changing so rapidly…we need Charter schools like OPA to raise the bar and rescue our schools from mediocrity. Carlsbad is losing that their footing as great school district because it’s very clear that they, like the SDCOE are only interested in “keeping the status quo.”

Amy Hagen April 11, 2013 at 7:55 pm

Dear Carlsbad,
THANK YOU! I think we are an amazing and powerful group of parents and this process has taught me a lot. I have learned not everything is fair, adults can be very dishonest, and agendas before children, the system is flawed. BUT that all being said I am so proud of every parent who spoke up for their children and demanded the best education that a public school system can provide. As time goes on more people have jumped aboard and are all willing to speak up and fight for change and not settle for status quo. You would think we would have lost momentum after the first denial but it is just building and our energy is amazing as was pointed out last night. It will happen and Oxford will be here. For everyone I have met on this journey I am so blessed to know you!
California State Board of Education here we come!
PS Please if you have any questions about the current school system I ask that you watch, “Not As Good As You Think”.

marilynn gallagher April 11, 2013 at 7:25 pm

carlsbad parent, I am a carlsbad parent too, and I am proud to use my real name as an OXFORD SUPPORTER. I have been trying to make my school better. We spend about 3k per year on PTA and I volunteer tirelessly. I am also personally responsible for several of the programs we offer through our PTA.
CUSD sees me as their funding source. They see my child as their guinea pig. Oh and they see my property taxes as their money pit. They dont treat kids like they are all gifted; (like OXFORD DOES) instead, they make kids Mediocre. I think one of the guys who voted last night said it best..the district would like to protect the status Quo. Aint that the truth.

The waste and the constant threats re funding and class size have completely turned me off to believing that they can provide what I should be getting in a “first CLASS SCHOOL DISTRICT.”

You can only beat your head against a wall for so long. I would like a chance for my wonderful children to be fully realized, not dumbed down by the school district. It is not the teachers fault..the onus falls on The district and our elective officials. They do not care about your kids as much as they care about their money.

Maybe looking forward we could elect officials that HAVE (NOT HAD) CHILDREN in the district. Then, maybe we can all work together at making this the “great” district it was reputed to be.!

Myriam Reyes April 11, 2013 at 6:10 pm

What a sad day for the children of Carlsbad. The “findings” were completed by a paid attorney to achieved CUSD’s desired outcome. How Oxford achieved astonishing academic success with their other 2 campuses #1 in Chino, #2 in South Orange County(the #1 school you have be tested to get in) with an unsounded education? State Dept. of Education data shows OPA to be amongst the highest ranking schools in this state.

I have a feeling Suzzette Lovely is going to regret taking this job. Hundreds of very angry parents and residents of Carlsbad. Supporters of Oxford are not going to back down. We will fight you until WE get our desired outcome, to have OPA in Carlsbad. Shame on you all! What a disgusting group of people who are supposed to stand for education. The giant light have been turn on them for who they are. Utimately, it’s about maintaining status quo and power.

where are my rights? April 11, 2013 at 5:30 pm

Ny child is one of the forgotten at our failing carlsbad schools. Ours is one of the ones that is in program improvement, I can choose any school in carlsbad, but why would I ..the only good ones are 10 miles from my house.

I got an email from CEF today, that they want to charge me over 100 dollars per month to do homework assistance. As I understand it arent the teachers at my school supposed to make sure my child understands his homework, and arent I supposed to make sure he does it? Why is CEF charging parents for this. I know they are related to CUSD I am not a moron.
The school has so many rules on the playground they cant even play tag or have swings at the school. The scores are bad and getting worse, My kid came home with a note today that he could not wear his baseball cap at school cuz it distracts from his studies and they are supposed to be cramming for the star testing. Why would you try to hamper his individuality. I thought public schools were supposed to be bastions of freedom and expression. how does wearing a hat affect studying. He always takes it off indoors. We moved here from the east coast to enjoy the great schools and the great weather. Well, at least the weather is great. the schools suck.

No more $, or excuses! April 11, 2013 at 12:26 pm

It not biased she is just getting educated! The SDCOE and CUSD can not keep OPA out, this affects all of us both sides OPA supporters and those who did not support OPA because it would financially effect CUSD. To say they were missing 8 elements out of 16 is a lie and to see how our system is set up so that those who we vote into office are NOT the ones who get educated on what they vote on. Do you know why Mr. Anderson voted for OPA because he has looked into the truth and he knows what is right, the rest were just like CUSD puppets being told what think and how to vote. If you have no idea of the process that just took place you need to get educated on who is really making decision on your children’s behalf. Just because three district denied OPA all on the same lies does not make it true. People wake up on which ever side you fall on we have zero power as parents and BV you should be thanking OPA they are the reason you are open to keep OPA out plan and simple. All of your writing letters stuff did not do it keeping OPA out did it, don’t think you have a voice either. CUSD has you all brain washed to think that OPA wants your campus not true they would go anywhere. CUSD does not want a great charter school to come in and show all of you how a school should operate. How OPA can provide all the programs that are being cut on the same amount of money all of our schools get, OPA fund raises for trips and after school events type stuff maybe some school improvements our fundraising dollars should be not to pay for a music teacher or art or PE that is not the PTA our taxes should pay for that. The leadership and foundation that OPA is built on is why they are so successful ALL the teachers teach in Howard Garner’s Theory ALL not just one or two but ALL that is why they have such a sound education. Now as it is our PTA is funding so much more then they should we volunteer many many hours just to keep a school up and running without us parents time and money schools would crumble around here. The problem this is creating by trying to keep OPA out is that those parents that schools rely on to donate and volunteer are LEAVING, they are packing up, this has pushed many over the edge. But lets cheer on CUSD because they can’t manage money, are going to increase class size and ask you to come in and teach a science lab or art, I am not a science teacher or art teacher I am a parent! I will continue the fight for my children and all of CUSD children, please wake up to the “process” whether you agree with OPA or not you have adults in power who are feeding our community lies, in all three communities. Let me tell you this, Pomona a gang ridden city, schools failing schools, OPA went in with 20 plus MILLION dollars in support to build a K-12 and start a school for this struggling school district and they voted No, so all of you who think a place like Pomona could us a charter school but not CUSD since we are a middle class area and our schools are fine. Look at what Pomona School DIstrict did and then maybe you will wake up. They do not want Charter Schools plain and simple! As far as working with OPA supporters we will continue to work to bring OPA here and work in our kids schools, but I will not spin my wheels and be powerless like Mr. Anderson said keep going, you know why he said keep going because he know the truth and truth somehow always prevails! And yes I am angry, angry that I live in a community where my elected officials are puppets to Unions and parents think CUSD and SDCOE did them a favor, if you only knew how corrupt this process was!

Carlsbad parent April 11, 2013 at 11:20 am

This article is written in bias. The article did not mention the myriad of reasons why the charter was denied. It was a long exhaustive list. Reminder: Oceanside, Carlsbad, & Pomona DENIED OPA as well.

This was the absolute correct and sound decision.

Hopefully, parents will help improve the existing CUSD schools. A positive attitude is the first step in achieving the greatness the parents want attained. I look forward to working with OPA supporters in making our schools great.

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