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How a tiny California school district sparked calls for a charter crackdown

Charter school curbs authored this year by Assemblywoman Christy Smith, left, stem from her experience with far-flung charters as a school board member in Newhall. At right is Assemblymember Cottie Petrie-Norris, D-LAguna Beach. (Photo: Max Whittaker, via CALmatters)

One was a charter school operator desperate for authorization after years of rejection by multiple school districts. The other was a teeny district in the rural high desert, hemorrhaging students, facing insolvency and in dire need of revenue.

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