December 13, 2016
ORANGE COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION
NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING
In accordance with Education Code Sections 1012 and 35144, a Special Meeting of the Orange County Board of Education will be held as follows:
DATE: December 14, 2016
TIME: 1:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Orange County Department of Education
200 Kalmus Drive, Costa Mesa, CA.
The business to be transacted at the meeting in closed session shall be limited to Anaheim Union High School District v. Orange County Department of Education, Case No. 30-2016-00891539-CU-PT-CJC.
After comprehensive review, Orange County Board of Education denies
Albert Einstein Academy’s appeal to open in Fall 2015
COSTA MESA, Calif., SEPT. 29, 2015 – Following an exhaustive review process and a thoughtful discussion that spanned two meetings, the Orange County Board of Education voted 5-0 on Monday, Sept. 28 to deny a charter school petition submitted on appeal by the Albert Einstein Academy.
The academy, seeking to resume operations at a site on Utica Avenue in Huntington Beach, previously presented its charter petition to the Huntington Beach City School District but was denied on May 19. Though the Albert Einstein Academy submitted a petition for appeal to the county on June 12, that petition was subsequently withdrawn and resubmitted on Aug. 20.
After a comprehensive analysis by the Orange County Department of Education, the appeal was the subject of a two-and-a-half-hour discussion at the Orange County Board of Education’s Sept. 2 meeting, which featured input from parents, teachers and administrators. A follow-up meeting was then scheduled for Sept. 28 to allow staff to work with the academy’s operators in an attempt to resolve remaining financial and charter school requirements. For nearly three weeks leading up to the final vote, OCDE staff collaborated on a thorough review of all pending issues.
“This board takes very seriously its responsibility to ensure learning environments of the highest quality, and the decision to deny the Albert Einstein Academy’s petition came only after many hours of careful deliberation,” Board of Education President Robert Hammond said. “Although we were unable to authorize this particular charter, we continue to strongly support parental choice and believe that quality charter schools provide outstanding opportunities and innovations that improve student learning."
Near the end of the Sept. 28 meeting, Huntington Beach City School District Superintendent Greg Haulk affirmed that his district would accommodate and warmly welcome any students within Huntington Beach City’s boundaries who might be displaced by the Albert Einstein Academy’s inability to reopen.
For more information on charter schools and the Orange County Board of Education’s process for appeal, visit www.ocde.us/CharterSchools. To contact the board, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Special Board Meetings, Transcripts, and Audio
PUBLIC HEARING ON THE
COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS
The Orange County Board of Education (the Board) is hosting two Public Hearings on the Common Core State Standards. Both hearings will be held at the Orange County Department of Education Boardroom, 200 Kalmus Drive, Costa Mesa, on October 20, 2014 and November 17, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
The purpose of the Public Hearings is to provide members of the public with thoughtful and scholarly perspectives of the Common Core that assist our community in understanding the standards at a deeper level: the origins of the Common Core standards; the reasons for which they were developed; the adoption process for the standards in California; the strengths or weaknesses of these standards, vis-à-vis the previous California standards, and other state or international standards; and the implementation process underway in California at present.
Since the fall months of 2013, there have been increasing numbers of community members addressing the Board related to concerns with the Common Core State Standards. The Board is providing an opportunity for respective sides, those who are opponents and proponents, to provide information to the Board and community members. It is our intent to provide a fair and neutral atmosphere for panel members to provide their expert opinion on this very important subject.
Two panels are being identified that represent both sides of this important issue. Both will be given 15-20 minutes to present their information. The Board will then have questions for each panel opponents and proponents in a round-robin format and closing with a Public Comment period.
Please feel free to contact us for further information.
Penny Dunseth, Recording Clerk
Orange County Board of Education
200 Kalmus Dr., Costa Mesa, CA 92626
SPECIAL BOARD MEETING/CCSS HEARINGS
October 20, 2014
November 17, 2014