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.
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.
Nine district parents and teachers say police injured them during an Oct. 23 board meeting where they were protesting school closures.
The approval of stronger language in the party platform comes as criticism of charter schools mounts among Democratic presidential candidates.
No protesters showed up, prompting some critics to allege the board violated open meeting laws in its attempt to prevent disruptions.
District officials offer to meet with protesters as Oakland and state teachers' unions echo demands for school closure moratorium until 2022.
Improving student learning requires both academic rigor and flexibility in working with students based on their individual needs.