On Thursday the California State Board will decide about the fate of Thrive Charter School in San Diego. The district refused to renew the charter, saying that it is a failing school. The County Office of Education rejected Thrive’s appeal. Thrive now goes to the State Board with a final appeal. Thursday’s meeting will be the first in which Linda Darling-Hammond will chair the State Board.

So we will learn whether the State Board Will side with the district or with a failing charter.

Tom Ultican has written about Thrive in the past. He recently received an unsolicited letter from someone who worked as a sub at Thrive.

Thrive Public Schools Renewal Petition Hearing on Friday

Tom says that the big charter school lobby—the California Charter Schools Association—is going all in to “save” Thrive, despite its poor performance.