April 13, 2019

On Wednesday, hundreds of teachers and parents for and against charter schools made their voices heard at the State Capitol before the Assembly Education Committee, as expected, passed three bills that would substantially curb charter school growth.

This week we discuss prospects for the bills and how they may or may not align with the forthcoming recommendations by the Charter Task Force convened by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond at Gov. Gavin Newsom’s request.

Also, with the state fund to assist districts with school construction projects running out of money, legislators are considering putting two state bonds on the state ballot in 2020 and 2022. We talk with Jeff Vincent, co-director of the Center for Cities + Schools at UC Berkeley, who is urging legislators to give school districts with small tax bases and low-income homeowners a bigger share of the state grants. His recent research shows how wealthy districts are getting the lion’s share.

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