Charter schools are public schools typically run by nonprofit organizations, and have more flexibility and autonomy than regular public schools. California has over 1,300 charter schools— serving a little more than 1 in 10 of California’s public school students. In 2019, Gov. Gavin Newsom engineered major reforms of California’s 1992 charter school legislation — at the time the second of its kind in the nation. Those reforms are intended to bring more transparency and oversight of the charter school sector.
With California charter school enrollment declining for the first time in three decades, operators and funders look to new areas of the state for future growth.
Former state Sen. Gary Hart, who died last week at 78, authored bills allowing charter schools in California, creating a statewide student assessment and a minimum school year.
California schools must be allowed to follow state-mandated quarantine requirements without losing funding.
After the devastating emotional and mental toll of the pandemic, it is almost unthinkable to imagine asking students to learn to read, play an instrument, or solve algebra equations without first rebuilding a nurturing and safe environment.
AB1316 would close numerous schools and displace thousands of students and families throughout California.
Citing “unprecedented circumstances” related to Covid-19, L.A. Unified chose to renew four charter schools that otherwise met the criteria to be denied renewal under a new law.
The budget for the new fiscal year froze funding for schools at their 2019-20 level, preventing additional state funding for growing schools with increased numbers of students in the fall.
Home-schooling programs have seen a surge of interest since campuses closed in March. Parents are looking for flexibility and control.
Charter schools and district leaders in Los Angeles are at odds over a law giving districts more authority to reject charter schools.
School funding is based on last year’s student enrollments but that eliminates money for charter schools that already had planned to expand.
Trauma-informed approach to learning will make return to school more successful for students and teachers.
His backing of charter schools could have an impact on his drive for the Democratic nomination, especially if the race is not decided by the time of the convention.
Call for expanded tax credit program immediately rejected by top education legislator in House.
The school board and others in West Contra Costa Unified did not approve a plan to convert six elementary schools into K-8 schools next year.
He forged a compromise to revise California's charter school law and gave districts unexpected help to pay employee pension obligations.