Special to the Review
Paulden Elementary is appealing to the Court of Appeals for a stay to stop the action of the Arizona State Board for Charter Schools (ASBCS). We intend to be open next year once the stay is granted.
The reason we haven’t “thrown in the towel” is that we are standing up for the rights of the children of Paulden to have their own school. The power of a few regulators to close a performing, in-compliance school is just another one of American’s rights insidiously slipping away. The charter board should lose their jobs for being out-of-compliance; they voted to close a school they never visited in a community they didn’t know existed.
An Administrative Law Judge heard our case and the ASBCS presented their side. Judge Martin heard all the facts and his decision stated, “The charter should not be revoked and no disciplinary action should be taken”.
The ASBCS completely disregarded the judge’s opinion and voted to revoke our charter, however, they did concede that we were in-compliance at the time of the revocation and returned the 10 percent funding they withheld for the last year. That was in May 2005.
We believe the ASBCS ruling has denied our due-process rights. We then appealed to the Superior Court, claiming that the ASBCS was capricious and arbitrary. The Superior Court ruled that the ASBCS was within their rights. We are now appealing to the Court of Appeals.
If you value freedom of choice in education, it is important to speak up and tell our legislators that Paulden Elementary School deserves to remain open as we provide a valuable service to the community of Paulden. Please email your thoughts to Kaydeliman@aol.com and we will forward them to legislators and other officials. Thank you for your support of education.
(Kay Deliman is director of Paulden Elementary School.)