Advocates have long called for more school choice, arguing that zip codes, school boundaries and family income should not limit the ability to select a school. Charter and magnet schools are forms of public school choice. Groups are organizing to put an initiative before voters in November 2022 to extend school choice to private schools by funding school vouchers.
Some California State Board of Education members questioned Rocketship's capacity to expand, citing concerns about finances and educational programs.
Out of 70 LCAPs selected, Public Advocates couldn’t find 27 online and most of the 43 reviewed lacked key spending data and evidence of parent involvement.
West Contra Costa Unified, which already has two K-8 schools, plans to expand three more elementary schools to K-8 starting in the fall.
The state charter schools division advises the state board on charter school issues and provides grants to schools.
A Los Angeles charter school network creates a wellness program to lower teacher stress and boost teacher retention.
For the L.A. Unified board, outgoing superintendent may be the model for a successor.
Activist Ben Austin founded the Kids Coalition to help parents and students obtain more input into the educational policies of the Los Angeles Unified School District
But support shrinks, with Democrats opposed, to idea of giving government subsidies for religious or private schools to all parents, regardless of income.
The district is seeking to ease conflicts over a state law that requires it to share available space with charter schools.