City, School District Focus on (Virtually) All Things Bullis Tuesday Night

The city of Los Altos and the Los Altos School District started out each with a long list of items to discuss at a joint meeting, but ended up with a tightly focused agenda discussing several aspects of Bullis Charter School, and the need for a campus.


The Los Altos City Council and the Los Altos School District normally leave matters of joint interest to a twice-yearly committee meeting.

But 2012 has proved to be an unusual year, ever since the Sixth District state Court of Appeal upheld the Bullis Charter School's lawsuit saying that the school was not being provided facilities in accordance with state law. When the district's appeal to the state Supreme Court was denied, things changed quickly.

The full boards will meet at 5:30 p.m. in the council chambers at City Hall to discuss:

  1. Traffic safety at Egan Jr. High School and Blach Intermediate School
  2. The tentative agreement between the Bullis Charter School and the school district 
  3. Review of the bond survey results testing support for building a 10th campus and improvements to LASD schools 
  4. LASD's response to a request to confirm the school district would not pursue eminent domain to acquire city-owned land 
  5. LASD's need for a 10th campus

The council has made arrangments for overflow seating in the nearby Los Altos Youth Center. The proceedings will be televised through the city's community access channel and webstreamed at http://losaltosca.gov/citycouncil/online/index.html  

In addition, Los Altos Patch will live blog the event. 

In any case, if you are coming to the meeting, get there early for a seat inside the council chambers. 

L.A. Chung May 30, 2012 at 12:41 AM
Dear readers: Los Altos Patch is having difficulty getting CoveritLive launched. The meeting has begun and the room(s) are packed. I will let you know when we are up (hopefully). Mark Goines is addressing the council "I think we should figure out how to do this more frequently."
Bill May 30, 2012 at 02:08 PM
Bill May 30, 2012 at 02:10 PM
If the enrollment practices are deemed illegal by an authority, then the charter could be revoked. That is a provision of charter law. In which case there would be no need for a facility because the school would cease to exist.
Bill May 30, 2012 at 02:24 PM
lasd resident, take off the rose colored glasses. IEP is required to complete the application to BCS. "Any incomplete applications will NOT be accepted." The BCS application says as much multiple times on the 11 page form. And to address your "woe is me" complaint that BCS would not be prepared for a student on IEP if it was not on file at BCS before the school year begins.......WHAT IN THE WORLD DO YOU THINK PUBLIC SCHOOLS DO?? Any child who moves to a district, such as LASD, is required by law to attend school. If said child has an IEP from a different area of the country, how does the new school "PLAN" for their arrival?? How does BCS do its part in educating children new to LASD? New students to LASD are effectively locked out.....and what if (oh-no) that child is in need of an IEP or special ED?........oh well, LASD you provide for that child while we at BCS prepare to send our kids to China or some exotic "class trip".
Bill May 30, 2012 at 02:37 PM
There is no reason to hash it out here on the pages of patch.....Let the professionals do their job. File a civil rights complaint here: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/howto.html As has been stated in the past, requiring a valid drivers license (among other items) for the enrollment process is illegal. If the US Dept of Education Office of Civil Rights finds as much, then the CA State Board of Ed could revoke the Charter. And BCS would not need a new facility, because the school would be gone. "Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination based on race, color, or national origin"........since it is and has been the practice as "REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION FOR APPLICATION" a "copy of parent valid drivers license, incomplete registration packets will not be eligible for consideration". i.e. not a resident, not able to apply to our "public" school......


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