All posts by Mikhail Zinshteyn
The Netflix co-founder who has donated some of the biggest sums to charter school causes in California since 2011 thinks elected school boards are holding back education progress in the United States.
June 21, 2017
About 30 percent of Oakland students attend charter schools – one of the highest concentrations of charter students in the state.
June 20, 2017
Kelly Gonez was backed by charter school advocates, but says expanding the number of charters is not what she is interested in doing.
June 18, 2017
Unlike independent charters, affiliated charters’ student discipline policies match the district’s. They operate out of district buildings that they don’t have to pay for and the district covers their administrative expenses. Affiliated or dependent charters are “really connected to the mother ship,” said José Cole-Gutiérrez, director of the L.A. Unified’s charter school division, the body that oversees both groups of charters.
June 13, 2017
Expanding charters will exacerbate L.A. Unified's major challenges, including a prospective budget deficit and declining enrollment.
May 24, 2017
The U.S. Department of Education, which funds much of the K-12 and higher education programs nationally, would be downsized by more than 13 percent.
May 23, 2017
Trump's budget proposal must still win Congressional approval. Among the deep spending cuts are $143 billion in cuts to higher education over the next decade, according to a budget summary released on Monday.
May 22, 2017
The race for the three board seats generated nearly $17 million in campaign spending.
May 17, 2017
Buttressed by its roughly $18 million in political spending in 2015 and 2016, the California Charter Schools Association is a rising political force in California that’s challenging the teachers unions’ prowess in shaping local and state education law.
May 3, 2017
California lags behind 40 other states in spending money on children for services such as education and healthcare, according to a new report.
April 25, 2017
Californians on both sides of the charter school debate can expect another year of hearings over Senate Bill 808, a bill that critics claim could lead to the shuttering of many charter schools.
April 24, 2017
A bill that would have allowed only school districts to approve new charter petitions is very much alive despite being shelved Monday by its sponsor.
April 20, 2017
The bill would give school districts more power to approve or deny charter schools, which charter school advocates argue would lead to many charter schools closing their doors.
April 17, 2017
Trump called for $1.4 billion in new funding for a school choice program that includes $168 million for expanding charter schools.
March 21, 2017
KIPP charter school network reports that many of its college-going alumni experience significant hardships, including sometimes lacking the funds to afford meals.
March 8, 2017
Three school board seat races generated $6.7 million in campaign contributions, much of it from charter school advocates and labor groups.
March 8, 2017
Voters will go to the polls on Tuesday to cast ballots for three seats on the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education.