8/19/11 Charter News Round-Up

August 19, 2011

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Less Funding for Public Charter School Grant Program

The California Department of Education (CDE) was recently notified by the federal government that the state would be receiving less funding than expected for the Public Charter School Grant Program (PCSGP). Despite an earlier announcement detailing the $300 million/5-year grant, of which California was set to receive $60 million for the year, the grant award was reduced by $20 million. CCSA is working with the CDE and the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools to get more information. See the Sacramento Bee's take on this story.

L.A. Mayor Speaks on Proposition 13, Education

L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa returned to the Capital city this week as a featured keynote speaker at the monthly Sacramento Press Club meeting. Villaraigosa, who was the Speaker of the Assembly over a decade ago, focused his speech on the importance of investing in education, and outlined bold plans to do so, including revisiting Proposition 13. He also expressed his support for charter schools. For more on this, read Carla Marinucci's blog and the speech in the San Francisco Chronicle, as well as an article in the Ventura County Star.

Improvements in STAR Test Scores

Speaking of CDE, the Department released this week the California Standardized Testing Reporting (STAR) test scores for public schools, which in most cases showed improvements for students. The STAR Program, which began in 2003, assesses student performance in several areas, including math, language arts, history, and science, and students are measured against standards adopted by the State Board of Education. To read more on this, read the articles in the Los Angeles Times, the Sacramento Bee, the San Francisco Chronicle and the San Diego Union Tribune.

Support for Charters Grows

Across the state, charter schools are gearing up to begin classes. Parents are looking for better options in public education, even now, and are looking for enrollment opportunities at the newest charters. For more on this, read the story from KESQ Palm Springs.

Rocketship Appeals Charter Rejection

By now, many are aware of the expansion plans Rocketship has in store in California for the next few years. Some of those plans, however, have run into obstacles, as local district recently denied petitions from the group, including in Oakland and San Francisco. Rocketship, however, plans to appeal. To read more on those efforts, click here.

Back to School

Everywhere in the state, charter schools have either started classes, or are close to beginning the 2011-12 school year. We want to take this opportunity to highlight some of the recent back-to-school stories featured in the media. Morgan Hill News, Bakersfield Californian, Rocklin Placer Herald, CBS (San Diego), Santa Rosa Press Democrat and the Press Enterprise.

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