9/17/10 Charter News Round-Up

September 17, 2010

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New Schools for Top Charter Group

The new school year is welcoming dozens of new charter schools throughout the state, and one group that is offering a charter school education to more than 1,000 new students is the Magnolia Education and Research Foundation. The Foundation announced the opening of four new charters throughout Southern California, including one of the Public School Choice (PSC) schools to have been approved by the Los Angeles Unified School District. For more information about the schools, which are still accepting students, [click here.(http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/magnolia-celebrates-launch-of-four-new-charter-schools-in-california-102993794.html)

API Scores Show Progress

The Academic Performance Index (API) was released this week by the California Department of Education, showing significant progress for many charter schools. ICEF schools in LAUSD showed remarkable success, and they're featured in this L.A. Times story. Alliance College-Ready Public Charter Schools also stood out with high test scores for three of their high schools. Read that story here. And East Palo Alto charter students were featured in Palo Alto Online for their achievement.

Bay Area Charter Students Learning in Two Languages

FAME a public charter school in Fremont, CA, was featured in a Public Radio International story on learning in two languages. According to the school, FAME's Arabic immersion program is the first in America.

New Middle School Emphasizes Environmental Stewardship

"Like a happy tree after a long rain, Environmental Charter High School in Lawndale is growing on the heels of a year that brought White House accolades and national media attention." So opens the Daily Breeze article on the opening of the new Environmental Charter Middle School in Inglewood. The middle school will prepare its diverse student body for the transition to high school while emphasizing the importance of good environmental stewardship.

A School's Key to Success

Competition may be the key to a school's success. At least that's the case for the American Indian Public Charter School in Oakland. While serving a majority of economically disadvantaged students, the charter school has gone from failing one to a top performing charter. Read more.

Fresno Charter Hopes to Change the Way Students Learn

Anchor Academy Charter School in West Fresno is a new school created because the "community was in need of a school that could focus on the whole child." Serving just over 100 students, the schools will include a focus on leadership training and personal development. Anchor Academy was featured in a recent story by the local ABC affiliate.

Parent Group Leader Proclaims, "California Needs More Charters"

In a San Francisco Chronicle op ed piece, President of California Parents for Educational Choice Alan Bonsteel offers a response to the crisis impacting public education today. "We must make sure that at every debate, in every radio talk show and at every service club appearance, every candidate will be asked if we can count on him or her to support the right of all families to a quality school that they have freely chosen," he wrote. "The crusade for school choice is, indeed, the civil rights movement of our generation, and the most crucial battle of our time."

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