The San Diego Unified School District and its charter schools said today that they just want to get along.
The announcement marked a decision by the California Charter School Association and several district charter schools not to appeal a court decision over a lawsuit the two had filed against the school district. The district was accused of not giving charters adequate access to district-owned facilities, as required by state law.
In exchange for dropping the case, San Diego Unified has agreed to reduce the hurdles charter schools, which are funded by taxpayers but operate with minimal oversight from the district, must currently jump over to get approved. It has promised to:
- “encourage more open communication;”
- work together to develop “a streamlined process for review and renewal” of charter schools;
- improve the process through which charters request district facilities;
- look at ways to increase funding for special education students.