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.
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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.
Charter school association says report, commissioned by the West Contra Costa Unified School District, is “pure propaganda.”
State should preserve appeals process for charter schools, former State Board member says.
Sponsoring legislators make their proposals two-year bills after a lack of support.
Elected leaders in Sacramento must pass laws to support students by curtailing growth of charter schools, teacher says.
Critics complain some California charter schools screen out students with disabilities and academically struggling students.
Charter schools did not cause Oakland’s problems and preventing more students from choosing charter schools will not fix them, researchers say.
Veteran lawmaker and activist Jackie Goldberg returns to the LAUSD school board after a decisive win.
A win for Jackie Goldberg would create a more union-friendly board and an uncertain future for charter schools.
Heather Repenning says she occupies middle ground between the teachers’ union and the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA).