Charter School Pleads for Support

Officials for the Center of Innovation, a home-schooling group in Temecula, urged Temecula school officials to grant them a charter.


A group of home-schoolers urged school officials to grant them a charter.

The group's founder, Sue Miller Hurst, and a group of board members and teachers from Center for Innovation went to the 's headquarters on Feb 21 to plead for a charter.

The school hopes to get rooms to hold their classes, the center's officials said.

"This program is truly unique," said Matthew Beile, a parent of two Center for Innovation students.

The school started in 2004 in Fallbrook, but soon grew out of its space, Hurst said.

They offer different classes for different subjects with different teachers, said Jami Deal, the school's lead secretary.

"It's sort of a middle school style for younger kids," she said.

She thinks you get teachers who know their subjects better this way. "We have teachers who are truley passionate about what they're teaching," Deal said.

Some parents like this system. "We feel it's rarely effective to teach an entire class," said Benjamin Fitts, a social studies teacher for the school.

In light of the recent failure of the last charter school to open, Context Charter School, board members emphasised that their school would be ran responsibly.

"This charter is sustainable," said David Nejely, one of the board members, to the trustees.

To read about Context's failure,.

The school will be put under no additional scrutiny due to Context's failure, said Trustee Kristi Rutz-Robbins. "We'll analyze each on an individual basis," she said.

Popeye March 04, 2012 at 01:30 PM
The whole public school system should be a charter.
Temecula momma March 04, 2012 at 03:29 PM
Yes, I agree with that! More Charters, less crowding in Public Schools.....My son attended Context Charter, and when it went under because of mis-management, we were devestated. We are now looking for a new Charter School. I will not send my son to an over crowded, under budgeted Public School again!
4 Darlings March 04, 2012 at 08:19 PM
We attend Temecula Preparatory and LOVE IT!
Dawn March 04, 2012 at 09:27 PM
We attend Hillcrest Academy. What fabulous teachers and you can't find a better curriculum for your children.
TVOR March 05, 2012 at 04:02 PM
I think there need to be some strict guidelines charter schools have to meet before they are granted a charter. One of those should be 6 months worth of operating capital.
Temecula momma March 05, 2012 at 04:53 PM
@TVOR, that is a great idea!
Popeye March 06, 2012 at 05:54 AM
The same should go with public schools, they should have 6 month worth of capital before they open a new school.
Temecula momma March 06, 2012 at 03:12 PM
That's absolutely correct..Popeye...
Stephanie March 20, 2012 at 07:29 PM
i agree. Finally we have an amazing mind, Sue Hurst, who created a program that will improve and properly educate our children, yet it's being questioned? If the minds are not open in these unions and public schools, how is this going to affect the teaching of our children. My niece has already been affected by the politics going on.
Stephanie March 21, 2012 at 06:27 PM
Commenting on last nights board meeting 3/20/2012 where Sue Hurst was defending another charter developement in Temecula... What an utter disappointment tonight. The people were not heard. The council's mind was already made up. Even more shocking is the fact that their judgment was based on a holly error filled petition. The council rendered their ruling not on the basis of the complete law but on the truncated version that suited their end.


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