Stanford officials say they were surprised. One can only assume that means they were not paying attention given the data as well as the fact that pretty much everyone in the education community out there saw this problem coming and has been chattering about it for the last 18 months and speculating about what the authorizer would do. Hopefully good options can be found for the students in the lower-school via existing or new schools. The upper-school remains open until students graduate or it can find a new authorizer. Keep an eye on that. Venue shopping by struggling schools is a charter authorizing problem in several states.
The bold act of leadership and accountability on the part of the Stanford ed school would be to invite a proven operator in to help the high school. Aspire Public Schools is the logical choice. Their schools all around California, and in this community, serve similar students and are not getting closed for performance. Aspire was there at the inception of this school. They parted ways over concerns about the academic focus and now seems like an ideal time to patch that up.