Judge can't rule in Bullis case Around Town, posted by Editor, Mountain View Voice Online, on Sep 27, 2012 at 12:50 pm
A judge has ruled that attorneys for Bullis Charter School must file another lawsuit if they wish to continue pursuing their latest legal action against the Los Altos School District. Anticipating the ruling, charter school representatives have already done just that.
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Posted by citizen, a resident of another community, on Sep 27, 2012 at 2:13 pm
To Fine: you should care. This legal battle affects thousands of school children in a rare public district which actually succeeds in educating kids. More litigation means fewer taxpayer dollars (presumably some of yours) going to those kids. It also sets a precedent for other high-achieving districts across the state which could end up facing the same issues. California voters made it easy for charter schools to start and expand unchecked without regard to whether they are needed, wanted, or effective in improving the quality of education in their communtities. They have unelected governing bodies that spend taxpayer dollars. We are responsible for this situation, and should care how it affects us.
Posted by Tom, a resident of the Cuesta Park neighborhood, on Sep 27, 2012 at 3:10 pm
One demand from BCS seems intriguing to me: as their kids are getting older they now want to add middle school grades 7&8 to the BCS program. That is pretty sweet. I have kids at Springer who will be finishing in a couple of years. Instead of having to truck on over to Blach, I too would like to add 7&8th grades to Springer!
I think we have a case here for Springer, in particular, because somehow we seem to have the highest percentage of special needs kids in all of LASD (this number has grown in recently to about 19% of all students, in fact; BCS is <1 or 2%). Seems to be a strong argument for getting charter status, since the law explicitly states that special needs education is required. I need to get in touch with this Arturo Gonzalez, and "lawyer up"!
Posted by Ron Haley, a resident of another community, on Sep 27, 2012 at 5:09 pm
As long as LASD fails to comply with the law and share facilities equally with the Charter, litigation will be ongoing. I wonder how LASD is going to explain to parents why they have to pay the BCS legal fees as well as their own.
Posted by Can't keep quiet, a resident of the Blossom Valley neighborhood, on Sep 28, 2012 at 12:34 pm
I'm furious. I hope Gonzalez donates his lawyers fee back to BCS. He expected to lose this lawsuit? Then why the heck did he file it?? This was just a huge waste of money, and Gonzelez is the only one to profit from it. We need to fire him and focus on what the school really needs.
Posted by Los Altan, a resident of another community, on Oct 3, 2012 at 10:40 am
Since BCS has so many Mountain View students, may I suggest that you relocate to Mountain View? We don't want BCS in Los Altos. Please go serve some underperforming area of Santa Clara county and leave our top rated Los Altos schools alone.