Six Aspire schools in California have one year to gain approval from local school districts or be forced to close.
A Superior Court Judge in Alameda County found that the State Board of Education improperly awarded Aspire Public Schools the right to bypass local school districts and open schools anywhere in California, without ensuring the company met state requirements.
Charter schools can opened anywhere in California if they can prove their services provide a statewide benefit that cannot be provided while under local school district oversight. In their lawsuit, the California Teachers Association, California School Boards Association and the Association of California School Administrators claimed the state board awarded operating rights without checking for that benefit.
The schools affected are Aspire Alexander Twilight College Preparatory Academy in Stockton, Aspire Alexander Twilight Secondary Academy in Sacramento, Aspire APEX Academy and Aspire Port City Academy in Stockton, and Aspire Junior Collegiate Academy and Aspire Titan Academy in Huntington Park.
They have until June 2013 to gain approval of their local school districts or be forced to close.