State Board passes on charter appeal (UPDATED)

(UPDATED, 3:22 p.m., with Meridian School Board’s plans to meet Tuesday.)

The State Board of Education will not hear an appeal from North Star Charter School — for now.

The board rejected the Eagle school’s attempt to bypass the Meridian School Board, which took the initial steps last month to revoke the financially strapped school’s charter.

“At this time, North Star’s charter has not been revoked,” State Board executive director Mike Rush wrote in a letter Thursday to Thomas Dvorak, an attorney representing North Star.

Under the charter school law that had been in place in June, a school district must hold a public hearing before deciding whether to revoke a school’s charter. The Meridian district has not held such a hearing, and last month, trustees said they would work with North Star to set a hearing date.

Instead, North Star appealed to the State Board, invoking a new charter law that went into effect July 1. This new law allows a direct appeal to the State Board.

The State Board may still weigh in on the fate of the 10-year-old North Star school, and more than 900 students who attend the K-12 school. If the Meridian School Board ultimately revokes North Star’s charter, school officials can appeal to the State Board.

Meridian trustees will meet Tuesday morning to discuss scheduling the public hearing, district Superintendent Linda Clark said Monday. Here’s more about the meeting from Meridian Press.