A San Francisco charter school that has broken ties with a controversial national company is making its third try this school year to win renewal of its charter.
Edison Charter Academy’s charter is scheduled to run out this school year, but some board members say the school should have reapplied as a new charter school after it broke away from its controversial parent company.In March 2010, the arts-focused school serving 521 K-8 students agreed to part from the for-profit Edison Learning of New York. The corporation was largely known for attempts to privatize schools, among other issues…The San Francisco Board of Education denied Edison’s charter renewal application in February, but the school has since reapplied. School Board member Jill Wynns said the main issues were around the school’s budget and business plan, not its curriculum.Wynns said she has been dealing with the controversy around Edison for 20 years and does not want to support the charter school.“It’s left a bad taste in the mouth of the community,” she said…
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SAN FRANCISCO CHARTER SCHOOL RENEWAL RUNNING INTO RESISTANCE; April 27, 2011; San Francisco Examiner (CA)