School Board Denies Petition for New Charter School in Menifee

A request to open a second charter school in Menifee was denied on Tuesday during a meeting of the Menifee Union School District Board.

The petition by Heritage Classical Charter Schools of America sought to open a charter school by next fall at a location that had not been determined. According to Scott Phillips, lead petitioner for the project, the school would've been patterned after the Temecula Preparatory School.

Board members voted unanimously to deny the petition, agreeing with a staff report recommending denial because of "deficiencies identified in the report."

Janet Mueller, an attorney representing the school district, said school district staff recommended denial of the petition because of a lack of complete description of elements of the program and a finding that the petitioner likely would not successfully implement the program, among other factors.

After the meeting, Phillips said he was frustrated but not surprised with the outcome.

"School districts today are in a very difficult situation when considering approval of charter schools due to the funding they lose through students who leave," he said. "The reality is, charter schools are legal and are protected by the student government. They need to figure out how to address this issue."

Menifee's existing charter school, Santa Rosa Academy, moves into its new facility on Haun Road for the opening of school next month.


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