K-12 Public Charter
School Proposal
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Our Goals with the
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Replicate the successful ACLC
educational Model for more families
Fulfill the original ACLC vision for a K-12
Fully Implement the Alameda
Community’s Vision for Public Education
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Responsible Kids become
Responsible Citizens
Learners take responsibility for their:
• Learning: Time & Project Management
• Democratic Community: Serve on all
Committees, Judicial, etc.
Adults model self governance in a
democratic community
• Parents: On Board, finance, other committees
• Facilitators: Run the school and share
administrative duties
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Introduction - Core Action Team
Maafi Gueye –NCLC Lead Facilitator
Paul Bentz – CLCS / CEO /
Development Director
Lowry Fenton – CLCS / CFO
Elementary Action Team
• Linda McCluskey
• James Venable
• Betsy Weiss
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NCLC Consultants
Peter Laub – VP EdTec (NCLC Budget)
Carrie Blanche – ACLC’s Resource
Specialist for AUSD Special Education
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Introduction of Charter
All Charter Petition Signers Present
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Introduction of CLCS / ACLC
Governing Board
Governing Board Members Present
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Introduction of NCLC
All NCLC Supporters
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Criteria for the Evaluation of a
New Charter Petition
Ensure the charter petition does not fail on these criteria:
(1) The charter school presents an unsound educational
program for the pupils to be enrolled in the charter
(2) The petitioners are demonstrably unlikely to successfully
implement the program set forth in the petition.
(3) The petition does not contain the number of signatures
required by subdivision (a).
(4) The petition does not contain an affirmation of each of
the conditions described in subdivision (d).
(5) The petition does not contain reasonably comprehensive
descriptions of all of the following:
Ed. Code § 47605(b).
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The NCLC Charter Presents a
Sound Educational Program
The NCLC seeks to replicate the highly
successful ACLC Educational Model
• Alameda County’s first and only charter school
to receive the “California Distinguished School
U.S. News and World Report’s Bronze Award –
Top 8% of high schools in the nation
API Rating of 10 for five years in a row
Recipient of prestigious state Dissemination
Grant to replicate model programs
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What State Superintendent Jack
O’Connell Says…
“Schools like (ACLC) with a good track
record should be replicated.”
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% Points vs. overall average
ACLC has, and NCLC will work
to close the achievement gap
Ethnic Group Achievement Differentials
Alameda Math
Alameda ELA
Alameda Math
Alameda ELA
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NCLC Core Action Team brings a track
record of successful implementation at K-12
Core Action team Includes:
 Maafi Gueye – 22 years of science/math teaching
experience, 6 years of experience in the ACLC educational
model, current ACLC Assistant Lead Facilitator
 Paul Bentz – ACLC Founding Facilitator, 12 Years of
experience in the successful ACLC educational model, 21
years of experience as a 6-12 science facilitator, 7 years of
experience operating a charter school in a sound financial
manner, ACLC charter school startup experience
 Lowry Fenton – Has been around ACLC for 12 years as a
parent, Community Board Member for 5 years, current
CLCS / CFO for 3 years
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K-5 Team Experience is also Substantial
Linda McCluskey
James Venable
Betsy Weiss
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Linda McCluskey
AUSD Teacher of the Year – 1997
AUSD Team Diversity Member
Media Center Teacher, Science Teacher (K-8) Paden
School – 4 years
Special Day Class Teacher – (3-5) Miller School – 4
Teacher/Director (Pre K-3) Sara Project Day School –
12 years
Credentials: Elementary Education, Special
Education, Mathematics, Administrative Leadership
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James Venable
Title 1 Coordinator / Literacy Coach –
Washington School, BTSA Support Provider
30 years experience teaching in grades K-5
Reading and Writing Expert – Started NCTE
Reading Initiative at Washington School,
Consultant to schools on Louisville Writing
Credentials: Master of Arts in Teaching, Clear
Multi-subject, Cross Cultural Language and
Academic Development Certification
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Betsy Weiss
20 years of Elementary Teaching Experience – (K-5)
including 10 years of K-1 Multiage Grouping
AUSD Mentor Teacher – 4 years
• Math, Science, Best Practices, and Development
Title 1 Reading Teacher/Literacy Coach – 5 years
Owner/Director/Teacher – Secret Garden Preschool – 5
Credentials: MS Environmental Education, Elementary
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Petition has Required Signatures
The petition exceeds the staff signature
count requirement by 200%. All are
highly qualified credentialed teachers
with vast educational experience.
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Petition Contains Required Statements
The petition does contain affirmations for each
of the conditions.
The NCLC will be nonsectarian in its
programs, admission policies, employment
practices, and all other operations, shall not
charge tuition, and shall not discriminate
against any pupil on the basis of ethnicity,
national origin, gender, or disability.
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NCLC Community Outreach
NCLC will market the school to all members of
the community
In an effort to reach out to all parts of the community
and achieve an ethnic balance representative of
AUSD, NCLC has requested from AUSD mailing
labels for all K-12 families so that it can market to all of
them in multiple languages.
NCLC will admit its learners by a random
lottery system described in the charter
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NCLC Will Serve All Learners
NCLC will serve all learners regardless
of disability or special education needs
(13% of ACLC’s current learner
population receive services)
NCLC will not dis-enroll learners except
under extreme conditions – expellable
offences described under state law
(ACLC charter school has only disenrolled 4 learners in its 8 year history)
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Petition addresses Ed. Code § 47605(b).
Description of the Educational Program
Measurable Learner Outcomes
Method of Measuring Learner Outcomes
Governance Structure
Employment Qualifications
Procedures to Ensure the Health and Safety of Pupils and Staff
Method of Achieving Racial and Ethnic Balance
Admission Requirements
Annual, Independent Financial Audits
Disciplinary Procedures including Suspension and Expulsion
Manner of Retirement Coverage for Staff
Public School Alternatives for Pupils Who Do Not Choose the Charter School
Rights of Return for Charter Employees
Dispute Resolution Procedures
Education Employment Relations Act
School Closure Procedures
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…Ed. Code § 47605(b). continued
The petition has 160 pages of detailed
descriptions to meet this requirement.
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In Conclusion
We are all here tonight for the same
• Provide quality education for all students
• Provide parent/student choice within the
public school system
Student Success - Whatever It Takes!
Thank you. We are available to answer
any questions from the Board as well.
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We Can Make a Difference
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Vote Yes on January 8th!
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