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Grossmont's charter schools proposal will face regulation

State law would require the Grossmont District to find alternative schooling for any student who doesn't want to attend school in the district. That's if a proposed move to convert all the district's

State law would require the Grossmont District to find alternative schooling for any student who doesn't want to attend school in the district. That's if a proposed move to convert all the district's high schools to charter schools is successful. KPBS reporter Beth Ford Roth has more.

According to state education code, parents cannot be compelled to send their children to a school in a charter district. A Grossmont Union District Board member has proposed converting all the high schools in the district into charters, thereby creating a charter district.

Keith Edmonds with the California Department of Education says state charter regulations require all-charter districts to give students that live in that district's boundaries attendance alternatives.

Edmonds: "That would involve working out some arrangements with some neighboring districts that would state that if a parent did not want to send their kids to charter schools, another district would be willing to accept these students."

In order to convert to an all-charter district, Grossmont would also need to get at least 50 percent of its teachers to sign a petition in favor of the conversion. Beth Ford Roth, KPBS news.