Portola Academy Petition Denied by State

State Board of Education deny petition for Portola Academy charter school.

A petition to bring another charter school in town was rejected by the State Board of Education, according to a report by The Independent.

The Portola Academy — a proposed K-8 school from the Tri-Valley Learning Corporation — was denied on July 19 by the state board after a 6-3 vote, according to the report.

Further details from The Independent report:

In the recommendation to the SBE, the California Department of Education (CDE) found that the petition “does not provide sufficient information on how the school will serve the diverse and underserved student population it proposes to educate.” The CDE recommendation also described the Portola Academy financial plan as “overly optimistic and unsustainable” and found that the petition “did not provide the required number of signatures specified in state law.”

View the report on The Independent's website.


Trader Lu July 29, 2012 at 08:05 PM
Please ignore this post by Opinion. He or she is just "imitating" what they want you to think that a typical Christian would say in order to promote the present day propaganda against Christians with the result of more discrimination and hatred towards Christians.
Trader Lu July 29, 2012 at 08:07 PM
Well said, Albert.
Mary July 30, 2012 at 04:02 AM
Many people have forgotten, or may not know, that the reason TVLC was started ten years ago was in response to the closing of Almond Avenue and Arroyo Mocho schools. Parents were upset that their children were going to be shifted to schools they did not care to have their children attend. It was NOT because of ineffective teachers. In fact, most of those great teachers from the closed schools went on to teach (and are still teaching) throughout the district. LVJUSD has many fine educators at all levels, and has graduates from both high schools attending UOP, Harvard, Stanford, Yale, USC and other state/out of state schools. It's great to have educational choices in our community, and TVLC has strong supporters, but it's apparent from the CDE report that TVLC is not yet prepared to take on the challenge of second-language learners from low-income backgrounds. TVLC has had the opportunity over the last ten years to attract those learners and, in fact, has three public schools, each about a mile away from the TVLC Sonoma site, that have had parents from all over the district enrolling their children - - by choice. Do you know LVJUSD has an open-enrollment policy? Please make well-informed choices for your child's education and support ALL our schools in Livermore.
Wendy Grant July 30, 2012 at 09:05 AM
Charter schools are fine I think. BUT....all parents don't take an active role in their childrens education. Teachers are so over worked and under paid. I used to correct tests to help. When the time came to help, it is always the same handful of parents helping. If Livermore's schools are to get better parents need to be more active and willing to help.
Jaspy August 03, 2012 at 06:20 AM
Be it Charter or not; SOMETHING needs to be done about education in this state! We are so far behind most of the country - it's just crazy!! Perhaps if the district really allowed for changes the parents are fighting for (certainly within the boundaries of budget) these parents would not feel the need to seek an alternative. Not every child learns the same; and if you do not acknowledge this; and dedicate to offering a dynamic education; but rather force an educational journey that makes the child feel they are just trying to survive it and get out - you can not be upset with parents looking towards other options as is THEIR GOD GIVEN RIGHT. Still a free country; I believe.


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