SCALE of Justice
PUSD files suit against district that chartered a school in Pasadena
By André Coleman 08/07/2014
Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) officials voted unanimously last week to file a lawsuit against a school district they say illegally placed a charter school in Pasadena.
According to the lawsuit, the Acton-Agua Dulce Unified School District (AADUSD) placed SCALE Academy Charter School on Lincoln Avenue in Northwest Pasadena.
“We want to make sure that families considering enrolling their children at SCALE Academy know that the school is being sued,” said School Board President Scott Phelps. “There is a real possibility that SCALE Academy will be shut down by the court for illegally operating outside of AADUSD and within Pasadena Unified boundaries.”
According to press release issued by the district, the AADUSD has approved 20 schools to operate outside the AADUSD boundaries. District officials in Pasadena did not know about the school until board members received a postcard designed to inform parents of the new school.
The Los Angeles Unified School District and Newhall School District have filed similar lawsuits against AADUSD and other Southern California school districts are pursuing similar actions in their regions.
According to the district, AADUSD is currently assigned a “negative certification” of its budget and being monitored by Los Angeles County Office of Education.
“The lawsuit is not an attempt to prevent charter schools in the Pasadena Unified School District, but to ensure that local charter schools are authorized in compliance with law and operate in concert with local school districts to the benefit of our local communities,” said Sue Ann Evans, legal counsel for PUSD.
“The district recognizes that charter schools can play an important role in the community, but they best complement the services of local school districts when they are formed and operate in conjunction with a local school district,” said Evans.