5/11/12 Charter News Round-Up

May 11, 2012

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National Charter Schools Week

This week, National Charter Schools Week was observed throughout the nation. President Obama issues a Proclamation, and the California Assembly honored the contributions of charter schools over the past 20 years with a Resolution. Read our Press Release on the Resolution and watch Assembly Republican Leader Connie Conway's speech on the floor of the Assembly here. In addition, CCSA created some exciting content, including blogs on some outstanding charters, leaders, and students. Check out our Charter Schools Week page for more information.

The U.S. News & World Report also published a story featuring the 20th anniversary of the charter school movement nationwide.

Top High Schools In the U.S.

Speaking of the U.S. News & World Report, the magazine issued their annual list of top high school in the country, and several California charters made the list, two of them in the top ten. Check out our statement, as well as articles highlighting their local schools in the San Jose Mercury News, the Orange County Register, San Diego News 6, the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, and the Lodi-News Sentinel.

Governor Brown Warns Of More Budget Cuts Just Days Away From May Revise

Next week, Governor Jerry Brown will release the May Revise, and more cuts could be on the way. Lower than anticipated revenues impacted initial budget estimates. See what the Governor said about the budget in articles from the Los Angeles Times, the Sacramento Bee, and the San Francisco Chronicle, including more information on his proposed tax initiative.

Facilities Solution For Bullis Charter

After negotiations with the Los Altos School District, and less than two weeks after the Proposition 39 May 1st deadline, Bullis Charter School announced that they have negotiated a facilities agreement with the district. The tentative agreement calls for the charter school and district to back a fall bond measure that would provide funding for a 10th campus. Read more about this development in the San Jose Mercury News, the Los Altos Crier, and the Marin Independent Journal.

The Good News

As the week once again wraps up, we wanted to highlight some of the positive stories featuring charter schools in the media. For instance, Rocketship Education, based in the Silicon Valley area, announced earlier this year plans of expansion to other states. Today, an article in the Milwaukee Business Journal indicated they had selected a site for their upcoming new school in Milwaukee.

Highlighting more charter school growth, this time closer to home, the San Francisco Examiner posted an article on two new charter high schools looking to open in the fall in San Francisco.

This week, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) approved a new media & technology center for Granada Hills Charter High School, which was in the news quite a bit last week due to their repeat National Decathlon Championship. See more details in the Los Angeles Daily News.

And students from the Oakland School of the Arts were featured in their local media after winning an international cappella competition. Read their story in the Oakland Tribune.

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