12/17/10 Charter News Round-Up

December 17, 2010

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L.A. Top-Performing School Moves Toward Charter Conversion

One of LAUSD's highest performing high schools submitted a petition to become a charter school next year. El Camino Real High School has been dealing with budget woes, and if approved, will become an independent entity with flexibility and autonomy to allow them to develop more opportunities and better academic standards. Read more about this story in the L.A. Times and the L.A. Daily News.

Santa Clara County Board Approves Charter School

The Santa Clara County Board of Education approved a petition this week for a new charter school to open its doors in San Jose next school year. The high school, which will create some 800 spaces for high school students, will be operated by Summit Public Schools. In addition, the charter school will focus academics on college preparation. Read Sharon Noguchi's article in the San Jose Mercury News.

School Board Moves to Open Charter School

Declining enrollment and a looming budget deficit resulted in the unanimous vote to close two elementary schools in the Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School district, while opening a new K-8 charter school. The school will feature an International Baccalaureate study program, and will have space for about 450 students when it opens next year. For more information, read the article in the San Bernardino Sun.

L.A. Mayor Visits New Charter School

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa presided this week over the official ribbon-cutting ceremony of the College-Ready Academy High School, which is a charter school operated by the Alliance College-Ready Public Schools, under the first round of LAUSD's Public School Choice Resolution. The high school actually began the school year back in August, with about 150 ninth grade students. Enrollment is expected to grow exponentially over the next few years. The school features 21st Century technology and innovative courses. A press release has more details.

Charter School Students Excel in Ambitious Service Project

Students at the Ventura Charter School are learning good lessons in volunteering this year. Focusing their service learning project on a local Ventura shelter, the middle school teens have organized fundraisers to finance different projects at the shelter, which include building shelve and ceramics, and putting together food drives and gift baskets for people at the shelter. Read more about their efforts here.

Sacramento Charter Teacher Selected as Teacher of the Month by Local TV Station

A Gateway Community Outreach Academy teacher was selected as "Teacher of the Month" by the local ABC affiliate, News10. Timothy Strauch, a former Disney employee, teaches at the charter school located at the McClellan Air Park. He uses unique teaching methods, including a weekly podcast in which students can hear not only classroom news and homework assignments, but also the occasional celebrity guest. Read more about Strauch on the News10 website.

San Diego Charter School Is Profiled As Highest Rated High School in the County

River Valley Charter school has been the highest rated high school in San Diego County for the past seven years, with an API score of 920. Their high-performance has not gone unnoticed, having been named as one of the top schools by the US News & World Report magazine and the state. Read how this exemplary school has succeeded by keeping a low teacher-to-student ratio and dedicated budget in the most current edition of the East County Magazine.

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