Horizon charters are renewed unanimously despite complaints

Published: Thursday, Jun. 20, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 2B
Last Modified: Friday, Jun. 21, 2013 - 7:46 am

Western Placer Unified's school board on Tuesday night voted unanimously to renew the charters of Horizon Charter School and Partnerships for Student-Centered Learning, according to district officials.

There was no opposition to the charters – non-tuition programs run by the Horizon charter network – at the meeting at Lincoln High School, according to Kris Wyatt, Western Placer Unified board president.

The charter school system has been the subject of complaints from parents since the abrupt closure of a Rocklin school site and its Accelerated Learning Program last year.

An audit commissioned by Horizon also found that the charter system lacked financial oversight and had paid for lengthy, possibly illegal leases.

As the authorizing district, Western Placer Unified has no authority over the independent charter except for financial oversight. But district officials have indicated they plan to enter an agreement with Horizon enabling them to get more involved in operations and offer technical assistance such as professional development.

The charters face renewal again in five years.

Call The Bee's Diana Lambert, (916) 321-1090. Follow her on Twitter @dianalambert. Read her Report Card blog at http://blogs.sacbee.com/report-card/.

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