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Group of local charter schools denied renewal from state board

Posted at 8:10 AM, Mar 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-16 17:31:57-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — Thursday night, the State Board of Education voted to decline the renewal charters for all four Thrive Charter Schools in San Diego. They explain the test scores are too low and keep dropping.

The vote technically didn't carry because the board needs six votes to pass any motion. The vote Thursday night was four to two, not all members were present for the vote.

If the schools are forced to shut down, nearly 1,000 students would have to look for new schools at the end of the school year.

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Lindsay Buehler has a third grade daughter at Thrive Charter School in Linda Vista. She tells me this is her daughter's first year, "it's been a Godsend because I was so done with not being able to have LeLe brought up to her potential in the public schools".

This school year, Buehler moved her daughter to Thrive and says she doesn't think the state board should shut the schools down solely based on that, "it's mind-blowing because this is going to change so many students lives, not the better, and it’s a shame that it's based on numbers on a paper when you actually see these are future leaders in our community."

Meanwhile, some parents have already contacted the San Diego Unified School District to enroll their children for next year. The District Operations Support Officer, Marceline Marques, tells 10News, "in the past 24 hours, we've already placed 60 students throughout the district from Thrive".

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The district tells 10News this isn't the first charter school forced to shut down. In the past three years, three different charter schools have closed.

Thrive Charter School's CEO was in meetings all day Friday but they forwarded 10News the email they sent to parents which read in part, "We are not giving up, we believe there are still a number of options that we need to discuss with our legal board and counsel in the coming days".