two Notices to Cure (NTC) and one Notice of Violation by LAUSD. These directed the charter's administration to correct financial improprieties, enrollment policies that did not conform with the education code and construction projects that endangered the safety of students. Each specified deadlines that had to be met. While these deadlines have all passed, it does not appear that the corrective actions in any of these cases have been made.
- LAUSD Facilities Services Division
The NTC issued on September 21, 2016 informed "the governing board of Granada Hills Charter High School (GHCHS) of the Charter School Division's (CSD) concerns regarding the borrowing of GHCHS' Associated Student Body (ASB) funds to meet GHCHS' payroll obligations" after an investigation found that the administration had made "'emergency' transfers totaling $1,035,000" from the Associated Student Body (ASB) bank account. These funds were raised by the students and are supposed to be under their exclusive control. Another $600,000 "were transferred from the ASB account to the payroll account" in violation of the California Education Code. Included in the NTC was a requirement that the administration "provide CSD a copy of the governing board meeting agenda and minutes that reflect the discussion of" a series of action items specified by the district. However, according to the minutes provided by the governing board, only one of these action items was discussed. Despite this, the CSD did not advance the process by issuing a Notice of Violation to the charter.
On June 22, 2016, the CSD instructed GHCHS to "take immediate action to address the admission practice and policy that denies prospective resident students the opportunity to be admitted into the main campus throughout the school year." A year and a half later, the administration has not complied with this demand and parents continue to complain that their children are being forced to participate in the iGranada virtual program even though the state education code specifies "that independent study is an optional educational alternative in which no pupil may be required to participate." Many parents also consider the iGranada program to be academically inferior to the other programs offered by the charter. Again, the CSD has not followed up on this willful non-compliance with a Notice of Violation.
Carl Petersen is a parent and special education advocate, elected member of the Northridge East Neighborhood Council and was a Green Party candidate in LAUSD's District 2 School Board race. During the campaign, he was endorsed by Network for Public Education (NPE) Action and Dr. Diane Ravitch called him a "strong supporter of public schools." His past blogs can be found at www.ChangeTheLAUSD.com.