State denies district charter school funding |

State denies district charter school funding

William Ferchland

Lake Tahoe Unified School District was not included in a list of districts approved for state funding for a charter school, which strikes down the second attempt for a new alternative education source in South Lake Tahoe by next school year.

The denial this month of $400,000 in startup grant money to the district-endorsed charter school eliminates the vote the board of education would have had today during a meeting to either endorse or strike down the proposal.

A charter school often has tailored curriculum or contains specialty education topics like art. Some financially struggling public school districts in California are finding vast state money to fund such schools.

Assistant Superintendent Barbara Davis said the district will apply in July for the 2005-06 school year.

So will Pam Singer, lead petitioner for Lake Tahoe Community Academy, a parent-proposed charter school targeted for the closed Meyers Elementary site.

Although the state also denied money to the Lake Tahoe Community Academy, Singer remained in high spirits from the help by outside charter consultants.

“I think we’re feeling very optimistic,” Singer said. “We have lots of time.”

Fifty start-up grants, ranging from $405,000 to $180,000, were granted, mainly to schools in Alameda and Los Angeles counties.

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