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Under new law, school nurses aim to stop rise in vaccination opt-outs

Under new law, school nurses aim to stop rise in vaccination opt-outs

Interested in vaccination rates at your child’s school? Want to see how vaccination rates vary between charter, private and public schools throughout California? Check out the EdSource vaccination data app. In her 33 years as a ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, Health, Nutrition, Fitness, Reporting & Analysis

Los Angeles charter schools record among the biggest learning gains in nation

Los Angeles charter schools record among the biggest learning gains in nation

Students in independent charter schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District significantly outperform similar students in traditional schools in the district, according to a report released last week by the Center for Research on ... … Read entire article »

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After dropping out, a diploma and a job from Oakland charter school

After dropping out, a diploma and a job from Oakland charter school

Not a single student at one of Oakland’s public high schools has to be there. They all arrive by choice – willingly, happily, sometimes desperately – at Civicorps Academy, a charter school for young adults ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: After School, Extra Time, Charter Schools, College and Career Preparation, Featured, High School Completion, K-12 Reform, Poverty, Reporting & Analysis, Special Needs, Workforce preparation

Many charter schools to begin offering transitional kindergarten in fall 2013

Many charter schools to begin offering transitional kindergarten in fall 2013

After a year’s delay, many charter schools will begin offering transitional kindergarten classes in the fall. There had been some disagreement with the California Department of Education over whether charters were required to offer the new ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Early Learning, Featured, Reporting & Analysis, Transitional Kindergarten

Report ranks California’s charter school laws 7th strongest in nation

The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools ranked California 7th for its charter school laws among the 42 states and the District of Columbia that have passed laws allowing charter schools. For the past four ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Charter Schools, Featured, Quick Hits, School Choice

Why California must lead the way in closing underperforming charter schools

Why California must lead the way in closing underperforming charter schools

Many of California’s charter schools are among the best public schools in the state, if not the nation, but some are also among the worst. It is time for the charter community to fix the ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Charter Schools, Commentary, Featured

Desert Trails parents choose charter operator, next step in ‘parent trigger’

With a low voter turnout Thursday, parents exercising a “parent trigger” option at the Desert Trails Elementary in Adelanto selected a charter operator in nearby Hesperia to run their school starting next August. The selection ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Charter Schools, Featured, Parent Activism, Parent Trigger, Parents, Reporting & Analysis

Charters and state at odds over Transitional Kindergarten

Charters and state at odds over Transitional Kindergarten

The first lesson that the state’s youngest students may learn is about the meaning of words – specifically, words in the state education code that may or may not give these children access to Transitional ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Charter Schools, Featured, Kindergarten and Preschool, Legislature and Bills, Poverty, Reporting & Analysis, State and Federal Policies, Transitional Kindergarten

Michelle Rhee says StudentsFirst organization has 170,000 members in California

Michelle Rhee says StudentsFirst organization has 170,000 members in California

StudentsFirst, a new entrant on the California school reform landscape, has 170,000 members in California, according to its founder Michelle Rhee, the former Washington D.C. schools chief and wife of Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Reporting & Analysis, Teacher Evaluations, Teachers and Admin

New year brings new expectations for “parent trigger” law

New year brings new expectations for “parent trigger” law

Educators in California will be watching closely this year to see whether the so-called “parent trigger” law approved by the state Legislature exactly two years ago amid predictions that it would effect radical changes in schools ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Reporting & Analysis