Charter schools are tuition-free, tax-funded public schools that have been given more flexibility and autonomy than district-operated schools. In California, most are run by nonprofit boards of directors. As of the fall of 2016, California’s 1,254 charter schools enrolled 602,837 students — for the first time serving 1 in 10 of California’s public school students.
Improving student learning requires both academic rigor and flexibility in working with students based on their individual needs.
Gov. Newsom, key legislators and charter school advocates and skeptics pledged to build on the collaboration that made compromise possible.
For the first time, school districts will be able to consider a proposed charter school’s financial impact.
School districts will be able to cite an adverse fiscal impact to deny a charter school application, but not without making a strong case.
California charter school teachers may soon have to get the same background checks and credentials as teachers in regular public schools.
School districts could consider the need for a new charter school and its financial impact; charters will keep their right of appeal.
Promise Academy had a partnership with the Tech Museum; its fight with San Jose Unified mirrors conflicts statewide over charter schools.
A poll by the journal Education Next finds most people favor more federal spending on education and free college tuition.
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There's full agreement on 4 proposals but anger among some task force members over 7 proposals passed by a narrow majority as a package.
Four charter schools will open after each was initially denied by its local school board, forcing the schools to turn to county boards.
Senate hearing indicates that further changes will be needed to reach a deal on a bill charter school leaders fear would cripple growth.
National gathering of charter educators and supporters comes at a time of slowing growth and increasing resistance by teachers unions and in state Legislatures.
Most school districts oversee only a handful of charter schools, and lack the skills or resources to fully oversee them.
The group reached a consensus on giving school districts the power to consider the “saturation” by and the academic need for charter schools.