8/12/11 Charter News Round-Up

August 12, 2011

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Charter School Bills

After a month-long summer recess, the State Legislature is scheduled to return to Sacramento on Monday. On the agenda are the package of CCSA-supported bills, AB 360, AB 440, and SB 645, which would, among other things, bring clarity to governance law, increase academic accountability, and expand access to quality facilities. Political Columnist Dan Walters spoke with CCSA president and CEO Jed Wallace, and penned a piece on the charter legislation and gains in the charter movement. To read his column, click here.

Charter Schools Gain Momentum

Speaking of an increase in growth, the new school year is now upon us, and charter schools continue to gain momentum across California. The Desert Sun discusses how charter schools are changing the education landscape.

In addition, several articles were posted this week on the return to school. The Stockton Record, for instance, featured a story on a new charter that offers a curricula which focuses on careers in the medical field, and the Gazettes discusses the options offered in their area charters. To read that article, visit their website.

In the meantime, Sacramento is expected to experience growth in charter schools that focus on the needs of different student populations. Examiner.com highlights these programs here and features a new Punjabi charter, set to open in a matter of weeks, here.

Dropout Rates in California

This week, the Superintendent of Public Instruction released a couple of interesting items: a report on dropout rates in public schools, and a blueprint to improve public education in the state. In some areas, like Los Angeles and Sacramento, dropout rates fell slightly, though they continue to be high. For more on this, read the articles in the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the Sacramento Bee.

To read more on the Blueprint, see the articles in the Educated Guess and California Watch.

Congressman Miller Endorses Charter Conversion

Congressman George Miller announced this week that he is in full support of the planned conversion of Clayton Valley High into a charter school. The Congressman sent a letter to the Mount Diablo Unified School District, stating that the conversion would be in the best interest of the community. The District is expected to vote on this issue next month. The Clayton Patch has more on this story.

Dublin Area Charter Petitioners Try Again

After being denied two years ago, petitioners of a charter school in the Dublin area re-submitting their application to their district this week, moving forward with plans to open a charter high school next fall. The proposal would open over 800 seats, and offer an option to parents and students. The board has to make a final decision within 60 days. For more on this, read the full article in the Oakland Tribune.

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