Gov. Newsom signs bill requiring more transparency from charter schools but makes no commitment for further restrictions; state Supreme Court issues decision on public employee pensions, and we discuss the implications.
Both the California Teachers Association and the California Charter Schools Association, which have been waging a high-profile battle over charter schools, were represented at signing event in the Capitol. The bill became law only two weeks after it was first heard in committee in the State Capitol.
With Oakland Unified teachers on strike, a parent and an overworked school nurse give their take on why a job action is needed. We discuss a bill to impose on charter schools the same public disclosure laws applying to school districts.
Senate Bill 126, which was passed in the Senate Feb. 21, would require that California charter school boards comply with the same open meeting, conflict-of-interest and disclosure laws as district school boards, including holding public board meetings, opening records to the public upon request and ensuring board members don’t have a financial interest in contracts on which they vote.
Now that the Los Angeles Unified school board has asked the Legislature to put a moratorium on charter schools L.A., we explore the potential impact and likelihood this will happen with Steve Barr, founder of Green Dot Public Schools.
Oakland Unified faces a budget deficit, in part because students are choosing charter and private schools. The district enrolls only 58 percent of the nearly 63,000 school-age children who live in Oakland.