Sac High Charter Up For Vote

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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, December 20, 2007

The school became a charter back in 2003 after district officials closed the troubled campus and the non-profit group Saint Hope took it over.

PK Diffenbaugh is Sac High Charter School’s principal. 

"We’re extremely confident based on the results that we’ve achieved. We’ve actually exceeded the minimum requirement for charter renewal and we’re really looking forward to the vote tonight." 

Diffenbaugh says since Saint Hope took over, 70% of Sac High’s graduating students are being accepted into four year colleges.

But critics say that’s because the school has fewer students. Kim Church used to teach journalism there. 

"The 70% of graduates that they’re claiming have gone on to college, that’s an absolute lie. They’re kicking the students out that are not college bound to achieve that number." 

Local school districts must renew their charter schools every five years if they meet one of four criteria. A district staff report says Sac High has met three.