Carl Petersen: The Flaw in California’s Charter Reform Legislation

"Carl Petersen, a veteran of the charter wars in Los Angeles, writes here about the serious defect in the charter reform law.

The law finally allows local school boards to determine whether proposed charter schools will damage the fiscal stability of the public schools, a welcome change.

But it also allows the unelected County Board of Education to overturn the decisions of the elected district school board. If the elected school boards determine that the proposed charter will damage the district, the unelected County Board can reject the decision of the local elected board. That is just plain wrong."

Read the article on Diane Ravitch's Blog.