8/20/10 Charter News Round-Up

August 20, 2010

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New Charter School in Northeastern California

The Lodi Unified School District could have another charter school in their district. One new charter, Rio Valley, has already started classes. The proposed new charter school will focus on visual and performing arts, and advocates dropped off their petition to the district this week. The Lodi News-Sentinel has the story, as well as some helpful tips for parents and founders to begin the charter school process.

California Receives Federal Grant for Charter Schools

The U.S. Department of Education announced this week that California charter schools would be receiving almost $52 million to fund the Charter School Program, which is a competitive grant that financially supports start-up schools, as well as expansion and distribution of information on charter schools. The grant will be disbursed by the California Department of Education. Read the article in the Lake County News for more information.

Fresno Charter School Moves Into New Digs

University High Charter School in Fresno will soon be moving into a new building, after spending 10 years operating out of portables and sharing space with Fresno State. The new building is a welcome change for the 450 students and educators of one of the top 50 high schools in the country, and will include recreational rooms for music and PE. KFSN-TV (ABC) in Fresno, which visited the students, filed this story.

San Jose Parents Advocate for More Charter Schools

A parent coalition in San Jose is calling for more school choices for their kids, asking the Eastside Union High School District to approve two new charter high schools. The schools would be under the administration of the Summit Institute, which runs one of the top-ranked high schools in the nation in Redwood City. They would also have small class sizes, and merit-based pay for teachers. Watch the KGO-TV story.

Three years after, Locke High School Is Showing Progress

When Green Dot took over Locke High School almost three years ago, dropout and truancy rates were considerable. Now, the outcomes are inspiring, as more students are taking college-prep classes, and performance on the CAHSEE and other state exams is increasing. Read the L.A. Times editorial.

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