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GHS Wins Landmark Victory for Napa Valley Unified School District Supporting Local Control

Garcia Hernandez Sawhney, LLP, lead counsel for Napa Valley Unified School District, prevailed in the the landmark case of NVUSD v. California State Board of Education in Sacramento Superior Court. See details of NVUSD’s resounding victory and a link to the Court’s ruling in NVUSD’s press release below. Garcia Hernández Sawhney, LLP is also proud to serve as general counsel. For further details please read more here.

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June 29, 2023 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Superior Court of California in Sacramento today issued a ruling that will have profound effects on local school control up and down California.

The Court ruled in favor of the Napa Valley Unified School District (NVUSD), finding that the State Board of Education (State Board) abused its discretion when it reversed NVUSD’s local decision regarding a proposed charter school. (Link to ruling) Last September, the State Board voted to uphold the Mayacamas Middle School Charter school, allowing it to move forward with opening its doors. This decision was made in opposition to the Napa Valley Unified School District’s, the Napa County Board Office of Education’s, and the California Department of Education staff’s recommendation to deny the decision.

Today’s ruling has important implications for the Napa and American Canyon school community – and for local school control across California. The decision reaffirms Assembly Bill 1505, legislation aimed at reforming the charter review process to ensure that decision-making regarding the impact and viability of a charter is made at the local level, not the state. The legislature recognized that decision making is best made where the impact is most known, understood – and ultimately where it is felt.

“We appreciate our parents, staff, volunteers, union leaders, community leaders, educational partners and associations, and so many others for their hard work, unwavering confidence, and relentless collaboration to pursue what is best for the NVUSD community, our students, and the rest of the state of California given the implications of this precedent setting case,” said NVUSD Superintendent Dr. Rosanna Mucetti, “NVUSD will continue to offer the best education possible for students, providing all NVUSD children with improved learning opportunities and access within an inclusive, equity-centered culture.”

NVUSD’s position was supported by many school-related organizations, including the California School Boards Association’s Education Legal Alliance, which represents nearly 1,000 school districts and county offices of education throughout California. The Alliance also filed a similar lawsuit against the California State Board of Education.

“Nearly every statewide educational association, including the Association of California School Administrators, the California School Boards Association, the California Teachers Association, and the California School Employees Association, supported our challenge of the State Board’s misapplication of the law as outlined in AB 1505. We are grateful that the court has validated our position by reinforcing the purpose of AB 1505,” said NVUSD Board of Education President David T. Gracia.

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Garcia Hernandez Sawhney, LLP, lead counsel for Napa Valley Unified School District, prevailed in the the landmark case of NVUSD v. California State Board of Education in Sacramento Superior Court. See details of NVUSD’s resounding victory and a link to the Court’s ruling in NVUSD’s press release below. Garcia Hernández Sawhney, LLP is also proud to serve as general counsel. For further details please read more here.

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June 29, 2023 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Superior Court of California in Sacramento today issued a ruling that will have profound effects on local school control up and down California.

The Court ruled in favor of the Napa Valley Unified School District (NVUSD), finding that the State Board of Education (State Board) abused its discretion when it reversed NVUSD’s local decision regarding a proposed charter school. (Link to ruling) Last September, the State Board voted to uphold the Mayacamas Middle School Charter school, allowing it to move forward with opening its doors. This decision was made in opposition to the Napa Valley Unified School District’s, the Napa County Board Office of Education’s, and the California Department of Education staff’s recommendation to deny the decision.

Today’s ruling has important implications for the Napa and American Canyon school community – and for local school control across California. The decision reaffirms Assembly Bill 1505, legislation aimed at reforming the charter review process to ensure that decision-making regarding the impact and viability of a charter is made at the local level, not the state. The legislature recognized that decision making is best made where the impact is most known, understood – and ultimately where it is felt.

“We appreciate our parents, staff, volunteers, union leaders, community leaders, educational partners and associations, and so many others for their hard work, unwavering confidence, and relentless collaboration to pursue what is best for the NVUSD community, our students, and the rest of the state of California given the implications of this precedent setting case,” said NVUSD Superintendent Dr. Rosanna Mucetti, “NVUSD will continue to offer the best education possible for students, providing all NVUSD children with improved learning opportunities and access within an inclusive, equity-centered culture.”

NVUSD’s position was supported by many school-related organizations, including the California School Boards Association’s Education Legal Alliance, which represents nearly 1,000 school districts and county offices of education throughout California. The Alliance also filed a similar lawsuit against the California State Board of Education.

“Nearly every statewide educational association, including the Association of California School Administrators, the California School Boards Association, the California Teachers Association, and the California School Employees Association, supported our challenge of the State Board’s misapplication of the law as outlined in AB 1505. We are grateful that the court has validated our position by reinforcing the purpose of AB 1505,” said NVUSD Board of Education President David T. Gracia.

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GHS Wins Landmark Victory for Napa Valley Unified School District Supporting Local Control

Garcia Hernandez Sawhney, LLP, lead counsel for Napa Valley Unified School District, prevailed in the the landmark case of NVUSD v. California State Board of Education in Sacramento Superior Court. See details of NVUSD’s resounding victory and a link to the Court’s ruling in NVUSD’s press release below. Garcia Hernández Sawhney, LLP is also proud to serve as general counsel. For further details please read more here.

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June 29, 2023 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Superior Court of California in Sacramento today issued a ruling that will have profound effects on local school control up and down California.

The Court ruled in favor of the Napa Valley Unified School District (NVUSD), finding that the State Board of Education (State Board) abused its discretion when it reversed NVUSD’s local decision regarding a proposed charter school. (Link to ruling) Last September, the State Board voted to uphold the Mayacamas Middle School Charter school, allowing it to move forward with opening its doors. This decision was made in opposition to the Napa Valley Unified School District’s, the Napa County Board Office of Education’s, and the California Department of Education staff’s recommendation to deny the decision.

Today’s ruling has important implications for the Napa and American Canyon school community – and for local school control across California. The decision reaffirms Assembly Bill 1505, legislation aimed at reforming the charter review process to ensure that decision-making regarding the impact and viability of a charter is made at the local level, not the state. The legislature recognized that decision making is best made where the impact is most known, understood – and ultimately where it is felt.

“We appreciate our parents, staff, volunteers, union leaders, community leaders, educational partners and associations, and so many others for their hard work, unwavering confidence, and relentless collaboration to pursue what is best for the NVUSD community, our students, and the rest of the state of California given the implications of this precedent setting case,” said NVUSD Superintendent Dr. Rosanna Mucetti, “NVUSD will continue to offer the best education possible for students, providing all NVUSD children with improved learning opportunities and access within an inclusive, equity-centered culture.”

NVUSD’s position was supported by many school-related organizations, including the California School Boards Association’s Education Legal Alliance, which represents nearly 1,000 school districts and county offices of education throughout California. The Alliance also filed a similar lawsuit against the California State Board of Education.

“Nearly every statewide educational association, including the Association of California School Administrators, the California School Boards Association, the California Teachers Association, and the California School Employees Association, supported our challenge of the State Board’s misapplication of the law as outlined in AB 1505. We are grateful that the court has validated our position by reinforcing the purpose of AB 1505,” said NVUSD Board of Education President David T. Gracia.

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