4/8/11 Charter News Round-Up

April 8, 2011

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CCSA's CEO Discusses Charter Schools Proposed Cap

Next week, a proposed bill to cap the number of charter schools in California is scheduled to be heard in the Assembly's Education Committee. The bill, AB 401 by Assemblymember Tom Ammiano, would impose an automatic cap of charter schools in districts across the state, hindering the tremendous growth charter schools have achieved in California over the past decade. Jed Wallace, CCSA's president and CEO, discussed charter schools, the movement's growth over the past few years, charters' impact on closing the achievement gap, and AB 401 on KFMB-AM's Mike Slater Show. To hear the interview, click here.

California Charter School A Finalist to Have President Obama Speak at Commencement

The White House announced this week the six finalists for the Commencement Challenge of 2011, and San Diego's High Tech High International charter school was among the group. The schools are competing for a chance to host President Barack Obama as their commencement speaker. To win, they must demonstrate how they are educating students, and preparing them for college and the future. Learn more.

The Shifting Relationship Between San Diego Unified and Charter Schools

Last year's elections welcomed new faces to several school district boards of education, including San Diego Unified's. The past few months have been marked by a shifting relationship between the new board and the district's charter schools. Read reporter Emily Alpert's take on the issue in her article in the Voice of San Diego.

More Los Angeles Schools Converting to Charters

More schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) announced their intent to convert to charter schools this week. However, the model they're seeking would be district-dependent, which invalidates much of the autonomy charter schools fundamentally have. Read more about the board hearing and CCSA's position here.

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