Rocketship, charter schools dealt setback by San Jose court ruling

Thursday, March 13, 2014

The South Bay movement to fast-track the opening of charter schools has been dealt a setback, with a court ruling that county school boards can't override local ordinances while deciding where to place campuses.

In a widely anticipated order, Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Franklin Bondonno has ruled that the Santa Clara County Board of Education lacks authority to exempt charter schools from zoning rules.

The judge affirmed a tentative decision he issued last fall, when he wrote, "If the Legislature had intended to grant the power to override local zoning to county boards of education, the Legislature would have so stated. It has not done so."

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