(Walnut) The Walnut School Board will make a decision tonight on whether or not to make Walnut a Charter School.
A group made up of two parents, a school district member, and community member, in Walnut are trying to create a new public education option for their children.
The group asked the School Board on October 8, to consider making Walnut a K-12 Charter School which would be the first of it’s kind in the state.
Committee member Mary Bierbaum says if the board approves it will be sent it on to the State Board of Education for their decision. If the State Board of Education approves it, then Walnut will become a charter school next year.
Bierbaum says chartering allows innovative ways to educate their students in a way that they see fit and that works best for their community. She says by creating a stable school with a good education system will hopefully attract more students from outside the district which will allow Walnut to keep the school in their community.
Bierbaum says the school district currently has roughly 117-K12 students, and could support the school because of state funding and accessibility to some grants not normally available to public schools.
November 26, 2012