WSCA Founders to appeal charter denial

Tuition-free college prep academy ready to open in fall 2009
By: Staff report
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Supporters of the Western Sierra Collegiate Academy were frustrated last Wednesday when the Rocklin Unified School District once again denied their charter petition to establish the new college preparatory academy. WSCA is ready to open in the fall of 2009 and provide a tuition-free, 7-12-grade college preparatory education to students. “RUSD’s denial of the WSCA charter is a great loss to our community,” said Executive Director David Patterson. “The charges from RUSD that we have proposed an unsound program are unbelievable. We have sought to work in a collegial manner with RUSD, but it is clear the district’s goal is to prevent any families from having this excellent educational choice for their children. We will proceed to an immediate appeal.” If a charter is denied by a public school district the law provides charter school petitioners the right to appeal a decision. WSCA representatives are meeting with the Placer County Office of Education to officially begin the process of appealing the RUSD decision. More information about the Western Sierra Collegiate Academy is available at