10/8/10 Charter News Round-Up

October 8, 2010

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Waiting For "Superman" Reignites Education Reform Debate

Charter schools in California continue to make strides, growing not only in numbers but also in academic achievement. Parents are demanding high-quality schools, and the film Waiting for "Superman" illustrates the opportunities charters represent to families as schools of choice. Read more about the film in the Oakland Tribune.

Diane Tavenner, founder and CEO of Summit Public Schools, Silicon Valley's first charter school management organization, explains "Why Silicon Valley needs Superman" in an op-ed in the San Jose Mercury News. Tavenner is Chair of the CCSA Member Council.

Charter Leaders Share their Secrets

Oakland-based Aspire Public Schools and LA Alliance have delivered the highest test scores and graduation rates for some of the state's most disadvantaged students. In recognition of their success, both have recently been awarded large federal grants and Aspire received a $1 million gift from Oprah Winfrey. New America Media education reporter Rupa Dev spoke to the CEOs of both networks, Alliance's Judy Burton and Aspire's James Willcox, about how they achieve their stellar results.

Charter School Offers Technology In Classroom

San Diego charter school High Tech High is now offering students access to technology that will prepare this generation of students for college better than ever. Students use anything from sophisticated software to PowerPoint presentations to demonstrate and excel at problem-solving, according to Ed Tech Magazine, which gave the school a "Tinfoil Star."

Charter School Growth

To replicate the success of existing charter schools, a new charter school in Chico is in the works, as petitioners met with the school district's board of trustees this week. The new charter would partner with the Boys & Girls Club for after-school tutoring and activities. Read the article in the Contra Costa Times.

Also, a group in Woodland is a step closer to opening a new charter school in that northern California city. The founders submitted their petition this week to the Woodland Joint Unified School District. The Daily Democrat has more.

And in Willits, the Board of Trustees unanimously approved a new charter, which would begin classes next year, bringing more educational options to an area that has seen dramatic drop out rates. Read the story here.

Gubernatorial Candidates Talk Education

As elections quickly approach, gubernatorial candidates Jerry Brown and Meg Whtiman discussed education with voters this week. Both candidates discussed how they would improve the quality of public education, including supporting the creation of more charter schools. The Orange County Register offers a comparison of both candidates.

Charter Schools Thriving

Now that the school year has started, charter schools are thriving across many cities in California. In San Francisco, KGO did a profile of Rocketship Los SueƱos Academy, and in Sacramento, News10 visited Stockton Collegiate Academy.

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