SCUSD Observer

Sacramento, California

St. Hope asks for delay on middle school charter

In Today’s Bee:
In March, St. HOPE submitted a charter petition seeking to open the Oak Park Prep Middle School, a fifth- through eighth-grade school on the campus of Sacramento Charter High School.

On Friday, district Superintendent Maggie Mejia sent a letter to Bernard Bowler, chairman of the St. HOPE Public Schools board of directors, citing her “serious concerns regarding the safety and security of students attending Sacramento Charter High School,” as well as students supervised by St. HOPE in other programs.

In the letter, Mejia cited recent articles by The Bee regarding St. HOPE’s handling of allegations last year that founder Kevin Johnson acted inappropriately with a student at Sacramento High. Johnson, a former NBA all-star, is running for mayor of Sacramento.

Sacramento police investigated and found no basis for the allegation.

Mejia requested “a detailed response to the allegations raised by these articles in order for the (Sacramento City Unified) board to carry out its oversight responsibilities and to ascertain any need for further steps.”

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Written by scusdobserver

May 2, 2008 at 2:22 pm

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