With the withdrawal of the California charter school initiative, a “poison pill” that would have closed the award-winning Bellevue-Santa Fe Charter School on June 30 has been deactivated. The provision was inserted into the school’s charter renewal document by the board of the San Luis Coastal Unified School District.
The “poison pill” is buried in the district’s charter renewal document and provides, “In the event the [Charter Public School] Initiative is qualified . . . on or before June 30, 1998, the [Bellevue Santa-Fe] Charter shall terminate and be of no further force and effect as of June 30, 1998.” (See “California Charter School Hit With ‘Poison Pill,'” School Reform News, March 1998.)