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Beverly Hills school board to meet on permits

January 12, 2010 |  6:30 am

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The Beverly Hills school board is scheduled to vote this evening on the controversial issue of whether to renew special permits for hundreds of  students who live outside the city but are currently enrolled in the city’s public schools.

The permit debate has turned nasty in recent months, with accusations of elitism and freeloading flying between supporters of nonresident students and those who oppose allowing all the permit students to graduate.

Extra security has been ordered for tonight’s board meeting, which will take place at Beverly Hills High School and is expected to draw a large crowd.

The Beverly Hills Unified School District is set to move to a new funding model this year, using residential property tax revenue to pay for schools rather than state aid based on student attendance. Several trustees argue that with the financial incentive gone, Beverly Hills taxpayers should not have to subsidize all 484 permit students until they graduate.

One proposal under consideration would allow seventh-graders to finish middle school and 10th- and 11th-graders to graduate. But that would still mean scores of other students would have to find new schools next fall.

Supporters of those students counter that they should not be treated as commodities and that it would be mean-spirited to disrupt their educations.

-- Carla Rivera

Photo: From left, Joe Sigal, 14, Jackson Proffitt, 11, Jonathan Kupper, 11, Taylor Short, 13, Sarah Short, 10, and Lea and Lucas Dahlke, 8, may be forced out of their Beverly Hills schools next fall. Credit: Stefano Paltera / For The Times

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