10/28/11 Charter News Round-Up

October 28, 2011

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CCSA Receives National Recognition for the Portrait of the Movement report

This week, the National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA) presented CCSA with the "Award for Excellence in Advancing Knowledge" for the Portrait of the Movement report, which the Association released in February. This national recognition is a highlight to CCSA's accountability work, and a validation to continue on the path of increasing accountability for California charter schools. For more information, read CCSA's press statement, as well as CCSA's president and CEO Jed Wallace's blog post on what this means moving forward.

California Court of Appeals Sides With Charter In Prop. 39 Non-Compliance Dispute

The Sixth Appellate District of the California Court of Appeal handed Bullis Charter School a major victory on Thursday regarding their Prop. 39 facilities, ruling to overturn an earlier decision by a lower court that rejected the case of continued non-compliance of the facilities law by the Los Altos School District. The decision was hailed by both Bullis leaders and the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA), as it illustrates the fight for fair space for charter schools not just in Los Altos, but statewide. For more, read a joined Press Release from Bullis Charter and CCSA. There's also stories in the San Jose Mercury News, Los Altos Town Crier, the Los Altos Patch, and on KLIV-AM.

Clayton Conversion Stirs Emotional Debate At Board Meeting

Tensions continued to rise for supporters of the Clayton Valley High conversion this week, as the Mt. Diablo School Board again postponed a final vote on the conversion, and the set of 56 conditions, to November 8. Supporters called for the conversion months ago, and the board has continued to put obstacles that many consider unfair. To read what's happening, see the stories in the San Jose Mercury News and the Concord Patch.

Budget Troubles For Many California School Districts

As the school year continues to roll by, many school districts are already looking at budgetary challenges that may result in difficult decisions over the coming months. The problem appears widespread, as explained in the Bay Citizen. In Oakland, the situation is pretty grim, and this week, the school board voted in favor of closing five area schools, while San Diego is also considering similar measures. But not all news is bad news. Some Oakland parents have voiced interest in opening charters at some of the schools proposed for closure. Read more about that in the San Jose Mercury News.

Kudos To Our Charters

This week, several schools continued to demonstrate the strength of the charter movement in California, including stories of continued growth, great results for students, awards, and upcoming openings. For instance, Aspire Public Schools announced that as of this school year, they now have the largest number of charter schools, and charter students, in the state. But numerical growth is not enough. They are also delivering great academic results, and changing the lives of students everywhere, as told by the Modesto Bee. Further down south, one of the most successful charters in the Inland Empire is showing terrific results for students. The Inland Daily Bulletin talks about the Oxford Prep's Journey. This week, we also saw the winners of this year's National and State Decathlon bring home another victory; Granada Hills High School took top honors at this year's Robotic Tournament. And finally, a new charter school that aims to help disenfranchised students in the San Diego area is hoping to open its doors in January. Read about those efforts in the North County Times.

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