Charter Schools

Education Matters: SOUL given two years

After covering education for the past 20 years, I thought nothing would surprise me any more. Then along came the Feb. 6 San Diego County Board of Education meeting.

With depressing regularity, education leaders continue to circumvent what’s best for students and create impossible barriers for schools that show promise.

The renewal process for the School of Universal Learning (SOUL) Charter School is the latest example.

Rather than asking for a five-year renewal, in January SOUL requested from the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) a three-year extension to its previously granted two-year authorization.

This was based on what SOUL leaders thought was...