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.
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.
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.