NUSD and Proposed Charter School Review Timeline

NUSD provides the dates of board meetings of staff review of the proposed charter school application.

Nine of our Novato Unified School District schools improved their Academic Performance Index scores this year, all elementary and middle schools have an API above 840, and both high schools had outstanding results on their 2012 Advanced Placement exams. While both high schools have incredible performing arts programs, student talent is developed long before high school.

San Jose Middle School recently showcased its Fall Follies and Pleasant Valley and Lu Sutton performed the Pirates of Penzance. Technology continues to be a focus at NUSD as we teach students 21st century skills.  Hamilton middle school students are learning to use their iPads and teachers at San Marin High are using them to deliver instruction.

Great things are happening every day in all of our schools. The Novato community recognizes the excellence of our schools.

The angst in the community regarding the proposed charter school is causing a divisive atmosphere among neighbors and friends. NUSD has maintained a strong relationship with the Novato Charter School for 16 years.  If a new charter school is approved, NUSD will make that, along with all NUSD schools, a school of learning for all children.

However, before any decision is made, NUSD has an obligation and requirement to objectively and thoroughly review the application. These factual findings will be based on the criteria outlined in Education Code 47605 and will be presented to the Board of Trustees at upcoming board meetings. 

Here is the timeline for those meetings:

  • The publc hearing will be held on Nov. 8. This is an opportunity for the board to hear from employees of the district and parents in our community about the merits of another charter school in Novato.
  • On Dec. 4, staff will make a presentation to the board about its analysis of the charter application.
  • If needed, the Dec. 4 meeting will be carried over to Dec. 11.
  • On Dec. 18, staff will make a recommendation, and the board will vote on the charter school proposal.

— Dr. Shalee Cunningham, NUSD Superintendent 

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Tina McMillan November 01, 2012 at 02:19 AM
Roger This is an article from the District not Patch.
NUSD parent/ employee November 07, 2012 at 06:11 AM
Tonight, the superintendent talked about white flight from NUSD due to program improvement status/ test scores related to specific "subgroups". This is what the proposed charter school is about, only it is happening in our own town.
Tina McMillan November 07, 2012 at 06:35 AM
Did the superintendent use the words white flight and specifically say that the NBEF charter is the result of white flight?
NUSD parent/ employee November 07, 2012 at 06:42 AM
She used the words white flight about families who leave NUSD due to program improvement status/ test scores. She did not say that the NBEF charter is the result of white flight.
Tina McMillan November 07, 2012 at 07:13 AM
I know families with children in private schools and it is not about white flight, it is about how they value education and in many cases wanting choices that don't exist in our district as it is currently structured. If Shalee actually believes that then she has underestimated the integrity and intelligence of 10% of Novato families with children in private schools. This kind of thinking reflects far more on the person making the allegations than the people being spoken about. Both my boys went through NUSD schools but they had friends in private schools just as I still have friends with children in private schools. How very disappointing that our superintendent chooses to blame white flight on any parent.


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