6/17/11 Charter News Round-Up

June 17, 2011

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Anti-Charter Legislation

This year, charter schools have faced targeted attacks in the form of harmful legislation, including bills to cap the number of charters and impose regulations that could threaten growth. The Sacramento Bee published an editorial this week, opposing the attempts and supporting California's status in the charter movement. Read it here.

California's Top Charter Schools

The University of Southern California (USC) released an interactive study and dashboard on the top charter schools in California, along with information on their financial health and academic performance. The Top Ten schools are diverse and can be found throughout the state. To read the study, visit the USC website; read CCSA's statement here. Here are some local perspectives on the study: San Diego Union Tribune, Sacramento Bee, the Press Enterprise, and the Marin Independent Journal.

Rocketship Growth

San Jose's Rocketship charter schools have been locally and nationally recognized for their successful model, and for their efforts in closing the achievement gap. This week, the Santa Clara County Board of Education moved closer toward allowing the schools to significantly expand over the next few years. For more, read the stories in the influential blog the Educated Guess, KQED, and the San Jose Mercury News.

Transforming Education

Over the next few weeks, thousands of public school students will be graduating from high school. Since the approval of the Charter Schools Act almost twenty years ago, charter schools have changed the public school experience. The San Diego Union Tribune has the story, which includes CCSA president and CEO Jed Wallace's perspective.

Charter Graduation Stories

And speaking of graduation, CCSA wants to congratulate the high school seniors that received their diplomas this week. Great stories of achievement have been written in several local papers, and we want to highlight a few. The San Lorenzo Patch featured KIPP King's first graduating class since opening their doors. Golden Valley Charter School and Golden Valley Virtual Charter School graduates were featured in the Ventura County Star.

President Bill Clinton To Be Honored at National Charter Schools Conference

Next week, the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools will be hosting its annual National Charter Schools Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. Thousands of charter school leaders and supporters are expected to attend, and several high-profile leaders will be featured. Former President Bill Clinton will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions and support to charter schools. For more, read the press release in the Sacramento Bee, and visit the National Conference's website here

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