Charter schools have been a hot topic in public education in recent years. The Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education, for example, now has a majority considered supportive of that alternative form of public schooling.
The Garden Grove Unified School District Board of Education will consider the concept at its Dec. 4 meeting. Achievers Global Academy has submitted a petition to open a charter school within district boundaries.
That petition was put forth by Virginia Carrillo, an assistant principal in the Santa Ana Unified School District. A public hearing was held on Oct. 16 and a crowd of about 100 parents attended, registering their opposition to the proposal. The final decision is expected to be made on Dec. 4.
What is a charter school? Generally speaking, they are publically-funded operations, which operate independently of the local education agency. Advocates claim that charters can offer more innovative education and a broader curriculum, while opponents argue they can be anti-union and have limited accountability and oversight.
Charter schools do not charge tuition and cannot exclude students, so are generally not considered private schools. In some parts of the United States, the creation of charter schools were offered as a “school choice” alternative to school voucher programs.
There are around 18 charter schools in Orange County, but none within the boundaries of the GGUSD, which serves most of Garden Grove and portions of Anaheim, Cypress, Fountain Valley, Santa Ana, Stanton and Westminster.
Nearby charter schools include Audeo Charter School in Westminster, which identifies itself as an “independent study academic intervention program” serving students in grades K-12.
Perhaps the best-known charter in Orange County is Samueli Academy in Santa Ana, a high school named after philanthropists Henry and Susan Samueli. Henry is the co-founder of Broadcom Corporation, one of the largest telecommunications corporations in the world. It has gained attention for serving foster children and helping to establish the Orange County High School Esports League, providing organized competition for video game teams.
They’re been close for a long time …
Much has been made of the recent success of the Western High football team, which grabbed its first CIF-SS title with a win over Peninsula High in the Division 11 championship game last Friday.
But WHS is no stranger to playing at the highest levels of football. The Pioneers were CIF-SS finalists in 1971, 1972, 2003 and 2004. Still playing now in the CIF State Playoffs, the boys from Anaheim could win a California title, which might go a long way toward making up for all the “close but no cigar” results of earlier times.
Lighting is a Main (Street) Event
A goal of downtown property owners and businesses on Garden Grove’s historic Main Street for many years came to brilliant reality on Tuesday night. From Garden Grove Boulevard and Acacia Parkway, the thoroughfare in the city’s original central business district was ablaze with electric lights in the trees that line the way.
It was part of a holiday illumination effort that also lit up the city hall and the Gem Theater.
Will the lights on Main Street become a permanent fixture? More on that later.
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