Stanislaus Board of Education Denies Petition for Immigrant-Focused Charter School

A proposed charter school that would have catered to refugees and asylum seekers in Modesto has been rejected by the Stanislaus County Board of Education. The vote was 4-1 with Board Member Kim Spina dissenting, according to the Modesto Bee.

County Office of Education staff had previously found financial, transportation, and academic plans for the New Colossus Academy lacking. They recommended that the petition be denied.

The charter school petition was opposed by superintendents from a dozen local school districts, including Modesto City Schools, Ceres, and Turlock. However, Board Chairwoman Alice Pollard said their opposition had “no bearing” on the Board’s decision.

The school planned to serve 300 to 400 students at Grace Lutheran Church on West Orangeburg Avenue in Modesto with curriculum largely developed by educators from the renowned Davis High School Language Institute.

Read more about the proposed charter and why its petition was denied at the Modesto Bee


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