Today’s Star Tribune South section included an article about the lawsuit brought by the Village School against the State Dept. of Education and the Northfield School District.
Apparently the legal arguments hinge on a recordkeeping technicality: The board voted 5-2 not to renew its sponsorship for the Village School at its 5/30/06 meeting, but did not put its reasons into the minutes of the meeting. This failure to provide the rationale or justification in the official record of the meeting leaves the School Board’s decision open to being effectively overturned on appeal. If the MN Court of Appeals agrees with the Village School’s argument, the school district would be forced to reconsider the decision, which might automatically reinstate the Village School’s charter during the process of reconsidering the issue.
If the Strib piece is an accurate summary, this all looks like a waste of time and money, for both sides. Even if the school district is legally forced into reconsidering its sponsorship of the Village School, there’s nothing to indicate that the end result of that reconsideration would be any different. And the problems of the Village School are much too deep to be corrected in a year. Plus, what kind of “sponsorship” relationship would the school district and the Village School have after all this acrimony?
I’d be interested in gaining a better understanding of the issue and the details from both sides. Can anyone comment?