12/10/10 Charter News Round-Up

December 10, 2010

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Coming Soon to a Home Near You: Waiting for "Superman"

It was announced this week that the touching documentary Waiting for "Superman" will be released on DVD in late February, and to further raise awareness on education reform, the students featured in the movie were invited to the White House an interviewed by NBC Nightly News. For more details, watch the video here. Also, the team behind the film have launched a letter-writing campaign to encourage people to get involved in the reform process, and ask for innovative schools and school choice. For more information, visit th film's website.

Quality Schools Compact Unveiled

In an effort to increase equity and share resources, a historic compact was announced this week in Denver, Colorado by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Nine urban school systems, including the Los Angeles Unified School District, entered into the compact with charter schools. The move is not only historic, but will entice closer collaboration between charters and districts. For more information, read the article in EdWeek, and on the Educated Guess blog written by John Fensterwald.

First Charter School In California and District Reach Agreement

The San Carlos Elementary School District and Charter Learning Center reached an agreement this week that covers a wide range of topics, including facilities, accountability, special education, fundraising and enrollment. Both sides are consulting with their lawyers to accept the conditions of the agreement, and will enhance working relationships throughout the school year. For more, read the San Mateo Daily Journal article.

Rocketship Schools Receive Award

The Broad Foundation announced a $1 Million gift to Rocketship charter schools this week, including San Jose's Rocketship school. The funds will be used to expand the Rocketship model over the next five years, and assist in the development of a hybrid educational model of site-based and online instruction. For more, read the Daily Breeze article and the Broad Foundation Press Release.

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