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October 15, 2010

Charter Schools 101

The documentary Waiting for "Superman" has ignited the call for better schools nationwide. Its focus on the high-quality education that charter schools offer their students is shedding new light for parents and communities that were previously unfamiliar with charters. Read the Time Magazine blog post that gives more information on what charter schools are, and the benefits they offer.

Students Get More Lunch Options at Charter School

Cooperation between the California Department of Education and the Temecula Valley Unified School District resulted in increased options and variety for a warm and nutritious lunch for students at the Temecula Valley Charter School this week. The school, with funding from the state and the district, was able to build a new cafeteria within their facilities, and hire employees to run it. Read more in the Press-Enterprise.

Charter Leader Moves Toward Significant Charter Expansion

One of the main forces behind the shift of Sacramento High School into a charter school earlier this decade announced plans to open ten charter schools in Sacramento County in order to offer better educational choices to students. Margaret Fortune wants to close the persistent achievement gap that exists with African-American and Latino students, and is submitting a petition to the Office of Education to create the system. Read the Sacramento Bee article for more information.

CCCTEC in Woodland Receives Grant

One of the newest charter schools in the Northern California region has received a grant to fight childhood obesity. Paul Preston, Executive Director of the California, College, Career & Technical Education Center (CCCTEC), plans to use the multi-year grant to teach students about the importance of exercising and nutrition. The Woodland Record has more.

Paper Takes a Look At Gubernatorial Candidates' Positions on Education

Californians are gearing up to vote on November 2, 2010, and education is one of the top issues for both candidates and voters. Gubernatorial candidates Jerry Brown and Meg Whitman held their last debate this week, in which both mentioned the importance and benefits of charter schools. For more, read the Orange County Register's take.

School Turns Students from "At Risk" to "At Promise"

This week Ernie Silva, Director of External Affairs for the School for Integrated Academies and Technologies (SIATech), shared a student-produced video about the school's robotics team. SIATech, a public charter high school with campuses nationwide (including Sacramento), re-engages disconnected students through an innovative curriculum that integrates technology with academics and provides the opportunity to earn a high school diploma. Notes Silva, "We are doing significant work with the students that other schools have given up on. These are 'at promise' kids - no longer 'at risk.'" This video is a powerful reminder of the important diversity of schools and students that CCSA represents.

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