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Not accredited, yet still approved

Posted: Jun 15, 2018 5:10 PM Updated:

In a 3-to-1 vote, majority rule at a special Charter School Council meeting renews Guahan Academy Charter School. The Charter School councilwoman and one council member running for Senator, a current lawmaker questions if that decisions was legal.

The vote was a yes to renew Guahan Acadmey Charter School. With 3 members voting in favor, and one opposed. Including a candidate for senator, Cel Babauta who voted yes to renewal. Despite the fact that GACs was unable to meet requirements by law that says any Charter School needs to be accredited within 5 years.

"Some of the takeways I got out of the public hearing was concrete information that touched me very personally," he said. "I'm really torn between the law and the successes of the Guahan Academy charter school students."

Education Oversight Chair, Senator Joe San Agustin surprised with the Council's decision, stating, "Most of the charter school council votes are with the law, how did they renew it? I don't know." He continued, "Well, you know, if they think that was their best step forward if you're gonna be a lawmaker try to follow the law."

It's a renewal with stipulations says Babauta who is now heading the committee to address GACS accreditation. Telling KUAM that Senator San Agustine hasn't supported charter schools. Basing his decision for renewal on Dr. Velma's Sablan study of students at GACS that he says prove their success compared to traditional public schools.

Senator San Agustin responds, saying, "I don't want to close any school I honestly believe the students are being educated they're being taught but then it becomes a management issue. Do you think it's reasonable to ask for the charter school to be accredited within 5 years? yes as a matter of fact I've spoken to other public schools let's take iLearn, for example, in the three years they got their accreditation, so it is possible."

Senator San Agustin is sending a letter to the Attorney General requesting for a legal review, Chairwoman Amanda Blas, who is also running for Senator, says the Council respects his decision. Blas did not partake in the vote; she does note her reservations that the vote is not fully compliant with Charter School law.

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