April 20, 2012
As of 2010-11, California is home to 139 conversion charters - traditional public schools that converted into charter public schools. This unique group of schools represents 16% of California's charter school movement and serves 25% of all charter school students. But what do they look like and how are they doing?
Joe Lucente of Fenton Avenue Charter School in Los Angeles talks about how conversion helped them turn around their school.
CCSA recently did an analysis of publicly available data looking at school performance and demographics. One of the most striking findings of the report was that conversion charters that are fully autonomous from their local school districts are making rapid academic gains with underserved students and have increased their enrollments of underserved students over time.
Read the report.