CA Appeals Court Rules Charter School Kids Deserve Equal Treatment
"The Fifth District Court of Appeals this week ruled unanimously that charter school students are district students, and that school districts may not discriminate against charter school students when it comes to providing facilities." Read more here
Galt parents want to start own charter high school
Parents for Children, a group frustrated with overcrowding at Galt High School, are exploring starting a charter high school as an alternative to waiting until Galt Joint Union High School secures funds to build a new high school. "No one can look to Galt High School and say that's a reason to move to Galt," said Art Oelsner, a Galt High parent
Parents in San Jose and Mountain View "Pull a Bullis"
"In San Jose and Mountain View, parents are reacting to budget cuts and school closings by threatening to move out -- into charter schools or into new school districts they'd create ... [a move that is locally] called 'pulling a Bullis
Performance pay works in local school
One of the factors that helped Vaughn Next Century Learning Center, a district charter school in Pacoima, to turn around one of the worst schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District is a teacher-compensation plan that offers higher pay for school performance awards
Studies relating to to Vaughn's performance pay system can be found at the Consortium for Policy Research in Education's website
Albert Einstein Academy Struggles with Facilities
Despite its academic success, the Albert Einstein Academy in San Diego continues to struggle to find adequate facilities
. The San Diego Unified School District believes that Proposition 39, which requires the districts make facilities available to charter schools, does not obligate them to terminate leases of school property to non-charter schools (the district earns $4.2 million in revenues from such leases) or share existing school facilities.
Educator leads charge to make charter school
Faced with budget reductions in the "cash-strapped East Side Union High School District," Educators at Andrew Hill High School figure that they better protect the school's special programs as a charter school. They key to their strategy is their experience "designing innovative programs, finding donors to help fund them and tracking their progress." (San Jose Mercury News - registration required)
Parents and Teachers Walk Door-to-Door
Parents and teachers in southeastern San Diego are walking door-to-door circulating petitions
to transform two chronically underperforming schools -- Gompers High School and Keiller Middle School
-- into charter schools.
O'Connell Outlines Plan For California Schools
Jack O'Connell, California Superintendent of Public Instruction, recently outlined his 2004 accomplishments as well as his goals for 2005. Included in his list of achievements for 2004 was the award to the California Department of Education (CDE) "a $75 million grant
from the federal Public Charter Schools Grant Program to be used in the development of up to 254 charter schools by 2007."
Though none of his 2005 goals
are charter school specific, the San Jose Mercury News (subscription) reported
that during a press conference he did mention that "We want to replicate good charter schools and weed out the bad charter schools that are not out there to invest in public education." In 2004, CDE stepped up its oversight of charter schools which led to the closure
of Victorville-based California Charter Academy.