10/22/10 Charter News Round-Up

October 22, 2010

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Waiting for "Superman" -- More Than a Documentary, It's Hope

One of the most respected movie critics of our time, Roger Ebert, has weighed in on the documentary Waiting for "Superman" with a solid and thought-provoking review. He discusses specific scenes in the film, making the jump to the harsh reality of what can happen if our children are left behind in a public school system that fails to meet basic skills in many cases. Read his review here.

Majority of Charter Schools Participate in Federal Meal Programs

A report released by the Bureau of State Audits (BSA) this week revealed that charter schools are meeting the nutritional needs of their students, whether it is by participating in the federal meal program, or preferring alternative options. Read California Watch's article on the report. CCSA also has resources for members on child nutrition programs.

Some Traditional Schools in Santa Rosa Converting to Charters

Five of eight elementary campuses in the Rincon Valley School District have converted to charter schools in the last year, allowing for more flexibility and cost-effective measures as the district faced financial crisis. Of the 40 schools in the county, 13 are conversion charters, adding to the number of growing charter schools in the state. The Press Democrat has Kerry Benefield's article.

Chico Unified Approves New Charter

The Chico Unified School District unanimously approved a new elementary charter school to open its doors next year. The Wildflower Open Classroom charter will focus on parent involvement within the classroom and integrate classrooms. Class sizes will remain small. For more information on how the decision came about, read the Chico Enterprise Record article.

Bay Area Ponders New Charter School

San Francisco charter school petitioners are looking to open a new charter school focused on project-based learning similar to European schools, and will submit their application to the San Francisco Unified School District to gain approval. The C5 International School is looking to open next fall, and would encourage students to take a lead role in their education. Here's more on this story.

Place County Charter Robbed

Harvest Ridge Cooperative Charter School started classes this week with bad news. Thieves broke into the school, and stole 32 laptops used by students and teachers for classroom instruction. Authorities have yet to make an arrest, while the school lost thousands of dollars in the theft. For more, see the story on CBS 13 Sacramento.

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