Altadena Schools announces petition insufficiency
County Office of Education rules that the petitions to
form Altadena School District need more signatures
Altadena, California, Nov 1, 2010:
L.A. County Office of Education has advised the Chief
Petitioners for Altadena Unified School District that
the petition needs more signatures in order to begin
the unification process. The petitions, signed by more
than 7,000 Altadena voters, were submitted to the Los
Angeles County Office of Education on September 23rd.
Altadena Schools’ volunteers have requested an
audit of the official signature count.
residents are currently served by the Pasadena Unified
School District. For the past several decades, Pasadena
Unified students have turned in academic proficiencies
that rank among California’s bottom third. Pasadena
Unified’s predominantly low-income students are
further burdened by a 140-point academic achievement
gap, which, at current rates of improvement, will not
close for well over a century.
worse, at least one-third of Pasadena Unified’s
low-income student majority drops out before completing
high school. Those who do graduate, enter the global
workforce performing, on average, at an eighth-grade
stark contrast to the Altadena experience, schools can
be found across the USA that actually accomplish the
hard work of preparing their primarily low-income students
for success in college: Almost 90% of these school's
bottom-income-quarter students choose to go on to college,
significantly more than the 70% nationwide matriculation
of top-income-quarter students.
Schools intends to build on the progress of these best
schools to low-income communities. By making
Altadena the destination of choice for esteemed educators,
Altadena Schools plans to get all of Altadena’s
approximately 4,000 public school students onto the
road to and through college by 2020.
from Altadena Unified and the “Every Child To
And Through College By 2020” goal, the social,
economic, and school closure issues Altadena has experienced
these last few years will steadily worsen. Altadena’s
deteriorating academic performance in relation to an
increasingly competitive global economy will contribute
to what a recent McKinsey and Company study called “the
equivalent of a permanent U.S. recession”.
Altadena Unified, Altadena has the potential to become
the first community in America to close the academic
achievement gap system wide – a challenge some
consider the moral, social, economic, and civil rights
issue of our generation.
Schools is a grass roots organization of over 160 volunteers
who are collectively as diverse as Altadena. The Altadena
Schools team includes many current and longstanding
PUSD parents, tutors, active participants in Pasadena
Unified district-wide advisory committees, and numerous
others from around the community.
more information on what makes Altadena Unified the
superior solution for getting every child onto
the road to and through college by 2020, please read
the Top Five Reasons For AUSD at www.altadenaschools.net.
on the Altadena petition:
County Office of Education March 2006 original instructions
to the chief petitioners (1 page, PDF)
County Office of Education October 2010 revised instructions
to the chief petitioners (5 pages, PDF)