Charter schools win reprieve
Arizona Republic
Oct. 16, 2007



Ray Parker

The Arizona Department of Education settled Monday with five charter schools over how educators teach social-studies classes.

In August, Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Robert Miles ruled in favor of the department, which would have required the schools to align their classes with state standards.

The new agreement means Veritas Preparatory Academy in Phoenix, Chandler Prep Academy and Mesa Prep Academy can continue to teach according to their curriculum, as long as they receive approval.

The charter schools can submit their alternative social-studies classes to a task force and then to the state Board of Education.

The BASIS charter schools in Scottsdale and Tucson also were named in the August court case brought on behalf of the schools by the Goldwater Institute.