June 24, 2013
Editor, Oakland Tribune:
I am writing to support the Alameda County Office of Education (ACOE) leadership in its recommendation to uphold the revocation of the American Indian Model Schools (AIMS) charters.
While AIMS has a tremendous track record of academic success, Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) and ACOE are acting appropriately in revoking the schools' charters. In this situation, academic performance is not enough to overlook the mismanagement of public funds and the unwillingness of the AIMS board to satisfactorily address the legitimate concerns raised by OUSD.
We are concerned for the students, families and employees of AIMS who bear the impact of this decision. Should revocation be upheld, CCSA will continue to help families find high quality enrollment alternatives for their students and help ensure that more high quality, responsibly governed charter schools are available in Oakland.
We appreciate ACOE's thoughtful leadership in this difficult situation.
President and CEO
California Charter Schools Association (CCSA)