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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Point Dume School Charter Petition Aired by County Ed Office

• Slated for Jan. 11 in City of Downey

BY SUZANNE GULDIMANN


The Los Angeles County Office of Education will hear the Point Dume Charter school petition at its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 3 p.m., at LACOE headquarters, 9300 Imperial Highway, Education Center Board Room, in the City of Downey.
According to the LACOE website, the Los Angeles County Office of Education is “the nation’s largest regional education agency,” providing “a range of programs and services to promote the academic and financial stability of the county’s 80 school districts and the achievement of more than two million preschool and school-age children.”
The Point Dume charter petition was denied by the Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District last month.
By law, the petitioners have the right to submit the request to the county board for review. If the county board finds the petition meets the state-mandated criteria for charter conversion, LACOE will become the authorizer.
Supporters of the Point Dume charter say they are optimistic that LACOE will approve the plan.
If the county board denies the petition it can be appealed to the state office of education.
The agenda for the Jan. 11 meeting was not yet available when the Malibu Surfside News went to press. It will be posted later this week on the LACOE website at www.lacoe.edu

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