Today the State Board of Education voted to affirm the school district in the Owl Creek Charter School v. Ridgeway School District appeal hearing. Bob Schaffer was the lone board member opposing the motion brought by Gantz-Berman and seconded by Middleton.
One of the contested issues was how many students, in a small school district, are enough to warrant the school choice option. Students signed up to enroll in the charter school comprise approximately 10% of the school district's total enrollment. The two issues cited by board members supporting the motion were the lack of a solid curriculum and a weak budget.