After spending three years and nearly a million dollars opposing a parent-led effort to convert Palm Lane Elementary School into an independent public charter school, the Anaheim Elementary School District Board of Education voted 5-0 to approve the parents selection of New Century Charter Schools as the charter operator.
The parents group and their supporter erupted in cheers and applause after the vote.
While the Palm Lane parents were jubilant, an air of resignation hung about the Board. When the AESD Board voted on the original Parent Trigger Law petition in February 2015, the board room was packed with teachers union members from all over Orange County urging rejection of the charter petition – a demand the AESD Board obliged.
Last night, teachers union president Kathy Heard sat silently and impassively in the audience. No anti-charter placards were waved and no one spoke in opposition to approving the New Century selection. The AESD Board – which had spent more than two years and nearly a million dollars fighting the parents’ charter effort in court – moved the two pertinent items to the front of the agenda. The Board unanimously approved Trustee Jeff Cole’s motions to approve without discussion or comment. After two years of battling the parents, the AESD Board disposed of the matter with all the fanfare of purchasing new lawnmowers.