Newhall School District v. Acton-Agua Dulce Unified School District and Albert Einstein Academy for Letters, Arts and Sciences

Summary

On June 6, 2014, Newhall School District filed a complaint against Acton-Agua Dulce Unified School District, challenging the approval and location of site-based charter schools authorized by Acton.

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Case Overview

In June 2014, Albert Einstein Academy for Letters, Arts and Sciences, Incorporated ("AEALAS") gave Newhall School District ("Newhall") notice that it would be operating a charter school ("AEA-SCV") at a site within Newhall's geographic boundaries. It is not disputed that AEALAS had been unable to find a suitable school site for AEA-SCV within the boundaries of its authorizer, Acton-Agua Dulce Unified School District ("Acton").

Newhall subsequently filed a complaint against Acton, challenging the approval and location of site-based charter schools authorized by Acton. The complaint alleged that Acton improperly approved the charter schools' petitions for financial reasons, and that the charter schools failed to comply with the requirements in Education Code sections 47605(a)(5) and 47605.1(d), which allow a charter school to locate outside its authorizer's boundaries under certain circumstances.

On October 14, 2014, the trial court found that Acton had not made the necessary findings at the time of approval to support its approval of AEALAS' charter petition so as to allow the school to locate outside Acton's boundaries under Education Code sections 47605(a)(5) and 47605.1(d). The court returned the matter to Acton to conduct a public hearing and adopt findings concerning whether AEALAS: (1) was unable to locate a site to house its entire program within Acton's boundaries, and (2) gave the required notice to the district where the school proposed to locate prior to charter approval. Newhall appealed the trial court's ruling.

In response to the trial court's order, Acton authorized a new charter school petition for Albert Einstein Academy for Letters, Arts and Sciences-Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics ("STEAM"), which replaced AEALAS. The AEALAS charter was surrendered in June 2015 and STEAM began operations in July 2015.

On August 26, 2015, the Court of Appeal dismissed Newhall's appeal of the trial court decision, finding that the appeal was moot because the charter at issue was surrendered.

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