1/7/11 Charter News Round-Up

January 7, 2011

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Special Education in the Los Angeles Unified School District

The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) unanimously approved a reorganization plan that will improve special education delivery services for charter schools. CCSA was instrumental in drafting the plan, and the board approval signals an unprecedented collaboration between the district and charters. For more, read CCSA President and CEO Jed Wallace's statement, as well as stories in the LA Daily News and on KPCC-FM..

Inaugurations in Sacramento

Governor Jerry Brown was sworn-in this week, starting a new era in politics, as California grapples with a budget deficit and difficult decisions. Governor Brown gave a sobering inauguration speech, and charter students from the two Oakland-area charter schools he helped found participated. For more, read the articles in the San Francisco Chronicle and the North County Times. Be sure to check out Jed Wallace's statements on the inaugurations of Governor Brown and Superintendent Torklason as well.

Brown also named the new members of the State Board of Education. Read the article in L.A. Weekly for more information.

Dual Immersion Charter School is the Result of a Community's Commitment

After receiving the unanimous approval of the Alameda County School Board, a new Chinese-language public charter school is making progress as it looks to open its doors in the fall. The Wall Street Journal writes on the commitment of a group of parents that took matters into their own hands, and the struggle to make their dream a reality.

Charter Schools and Equal Opportunity

Charter schools don't foster segregation, argues the former CEO of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, but they do reflect the environments where they toil to create equal opportunity. "No one has a stronger stake in fixing (the education) crisis than inner-city parents themselves," writes Nelson Smith. "And they seem less interested in racial gerrymandering than in finding schools that produce real academic attainment in a safe and welcoming environment. That's why they are turning to charter schools in numbers far higher than the schools can accommodate." Read more here.

New Effort Takes Root, Bears Fruit at San Diego Charter School

The new fruit trees at Harriet Tubman Village Charter School have done more than help the school. They've helped build the relationship between the school and the surrounding community. Read about how a donation of trees is building community and enriching the student experience through related curriculum in the San Diego Union-Tribune

Charter Schools Provide Good "Bang for the Buck"

Green Dot Public Schools in Los Angeles was referenced in a piece in the Christian Science Monitor priasing charter schools for their frugality. The op ed contrasts Green Dot's success in building schools for a reasonable price with the $578 million price tag for the district's Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools, and notes Green Dot's academic success-- its graduation rate is nearly twice that of the school district as a whole.

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