Space Exploration charters don’t get help from county

It’s no fun being the “test case,” especially when the case involves the attempted shut-down of your school — and, of course, when the decisions don’t go your way.

The Alameda County Board of Education voted tonight to uphold the Oakland school district’s decision to revoke the charters of the Space Exploration Academy and the Junior Space Exploration Academy. Earlier this year, the district decided to shut the schools down — just months after they opened — citing low enrollment and sub-standard instruction.

Under a new state law, the West Oakland charter schools were the first in California to appeal their closure. But Camron Gorguinpour, one of the school’s founders, said the county board wasn’t interested in hearing the evidence he prepared in the schools’ defense.

Now, the board of the space-themed schools is deciding whether to bring the appeal to the state board of education. Under the new charter law, they can stay open throughout the appeals process, which could last into the fall semester.

“Obviously, keeping our school in limbo like this is really painful,” Gorguinpour said.

Katy Murphy

Education reporter for the Oakland Tribune. Contact me at kmurphy@bayareanewsgroup.com.

  • Kim

    Congrats on the blog! Great job, Katy.