Friday, August 17, 2012

County Board of Education unanimously denies petition to renew West County Community High charter

By Theresa Harrington from the Contra Costa Times

PLEASANT HILL -- Contra Costa County school trustees on Wednesday unanimously denied West County Community High's charter renewal petition, citing an unsound financial plan and also questioning the Richmond school's curriculum and academic performance.

"There's a need to have a process for better oversight," said trustee Pamela Mirabella before the 5-0 vote. "I feel really badly for the 123 students."

Wednesday's vote upheld the West Contra Costa school board's unanimous decision in June denying the charter for failing to adequately describe its plans for educating special education students and English language learners. In addition, its Academic Performance Index score -- based on standardized tests -- was lower than all West Contra Costa district schools except one, said Linda Jackson, administrator for the district.

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