H-SANTA MARIA

Feb 1, 2013 9:28 PM by Nikki Ibarra

Santa Maria High School principal, some parents don't want charter school

The principal of Santa Maria High School is speaking out Friday about, what he called, misinformation regarding the school possibly becoming a charter.

Joe Domingues said it all stemmed from some parents wanting to be more involved in their children's education.

When parents made an effort to make some changes at the high school, they found out about what's called the "Parent-Trigger" law, which helps parents force changes at some public schools. The parents soon found out that it could lead to Santa Maria becoming a charter school, which is what neither they nor school administrator's want.

"If they have concerns let's create a forum. You know, because it's not just the administration of the school. It's the entire school," said Domingues.

Domingues said over 200 parents have shown interest in getting involved in their childs education.

Under the law, if more than 50% of parent signatures are collected, the school could become a charter.

Arnulfo Romero is a parent of a senior at the high school and said he wants change, but doesn't want a charter.

Domingues said if the school became a charter, it will lose a lot of support programs such as English language programs and special education.

"It's not good for our students and not good for nobody; not good for teachers," said Romero.

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