Today's Daily Journal article on where a new charter school will be located was very timely. I had just finished reading a Wall Street Journal article about the New York State governor and legislature's deal to smack down the new NYC mayor who is anti-charter school. New York State passed a law requiring NYC to find rent-free space for charter schools in government buildings--with a stick that if no room can be found "the city would be required to pay up to $40 million for the charter to rent private space." The piece mentioned that California has a very similar law except California school districts can charge charter schools rent. The DJ article notes
A new charter school focused on hands-on projects and design concepts could soon be occupying space at Mills High School starting this fall.
Although Design Tech High School’s leadership wanted it to be housed at Burlingame High School, the San Mateo Union High School District said there isn’t space at the growing Burlingame school. Last week, the district approved sending a letter to the charter offering six classrooms, each with 960 square feet of space, at the Mills location for the new school. The school initially requested at least eight classrooms and the district previously had offered five.
You can click through for the financial details, but the Mills vs. BHS location negotiation boils down to this
“Burlingame is a built-out site,” said Liz McManus, deputy superintendent of business services. “There’s a bubble going through the Burlingame Elementary School District. We have to look at our long-term projections with our capacity. In the 2014-15 school year it will flow into our schools and continue to grow for the next 15 years. We don’t anticipate the growth pattern to be as strong at Mills and it’s a beautiful campus.”
It sounds like the SMUHSD is being much more reasonable than the new major in New York City--not that it's hard to pass that hurdle. I've also been thinking about the "bubble" Liz identifies. It may be more like a giant, hot air balloon if this, this, this and this all progress the way these project could go.