Scott Sherman on newly re-surfaced Allied Road. Photo by Chris Jennewein
Scott Sherman in Allied Gardens. Photo by Chris Jennewein

City Councilman Scott Sherman‘s measure to ease the permitting requirements for public charter schools in San Diego won approval this week from the Planning Commission.

The measure is a change to the city’s Conditional Use Permit law, which Sherman argues is enormously complex, time consuming, and expensive for charter schools.

Sherman’s plan would achieve the following:

  • Reduce the permitting requirements to help charter schools obtain facilities
  • Allow K-12 schools with less than 300 students to be located in residential multi-family and commercial zones

Sherman argues that the changes will allow more money to go directly to education instead of navigating through the permitting process

“Thousands of San Diego working families depend on charter schools throughout San Diego to educate their children. I applaud the Planning Commission for approving this important measure. I urge my council colleagues to join me in support when this item reaches committee and the full council,” he said.

Public charter schools serve over 21,000 students in 51 schools within the city of San Diego and the San Diego Unified School District.

“The proposed changes will make it easier for charter schools to obtain quality facilities for their students and will allow more funding to be directed to student instruction by reducing the need for land use consultants to navigate the complex bureaucratic process,” said Miles Durfee, regional director of the California Charters School Association.

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.