San Diego Unified School District v. Alpine Union School District and Albert Einstein Academy for Letters, Arts and Sciences

Summary

In June 2014, the San Diego Unified School District ("SDUSD") filed a complaint against Alpine Union School District ("Alpine") challenging its approval of the Albert Einstein Academy for Letters, Arts and Sciences charter petition, because the petition did not identify a charter school that would operate within the geographic boundaries of Alpine, as required by Ed. Code section 47605(a)(1).

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Case Overview

San Diego Unified School District ("SDUSD") filed a complaint against Alpine Union School District ("Alpine") in June 2014 challenging its approval of the Albert Einstein Academy for Letters, Arts and Sciences charter petition. SDUSD alleged that Alpine violated the Charter Schools Act by approving the petition, because the petition did not identify a charter school that would operate within the geographic boundaries of Alpine, as required by Ed. Code section 47605(a)(1).

On January 28, 2015, the Court found that Alpine did not have discretion to approve AEALAS' petition, because it did not identify a single charter school that would operate within Alpine's boundaries. Further, Alpine did not require AEALAS to provide information regarding its facilities, in violation of Ed. Code section 47605(g), nor did the District require that AEALAS show its efforts to locate within Alpine's boundaries pursuant to Ed. Code section 47605(a)(5). Based on this finding, the Court determined that AEALAS' charter is null and void, requiring Alpine to revoke the Charter.

AEALAS filed an appeal of the Court's ruling, and subsequently requested dismissal of the appeal. The appeal was dismissed on June 10, 2015.

Case Activity

June 10, 2015: Appeal dismissed
February 10, 2014: AEALAS Notice of Appeal
January 28, 2015: Trial Court Decision
June 26, 2014: Complaint: SDUSD v. Alpine USD

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