12/3/10 Charter News Round-Up

December 3, 2010

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Little Hoover Commission Recommendations Outlined

A report by the Little Hoover Commission recommended that charter schools should be authorized and overseen by an independent body, particularly due to the incredible growth charter schools have seen over the past few years, as well as the inconsistency in the authorizing and renewal process charters go through at the local level. The Little Hoover is an independent body that makes recommendations to the state government. Read more about the report in the Educated Guess blog, as well as in the Bay Citizen.

LAUSD and Charters Sign Monumental Agreement

Members of the LAUSD Board voted this week to approve an agreement that will financially help charter schools. Under the agreement, the district would share revenue generated through future parcel taxes or Tax Revenue Anticipation Notes (TRANs). For more information, read the L.A. Times article about the compact.

Schwarzenegger Legacy Examined

As Governor Schwarzenegger's term comes to an end, the Republican governor leaves a legacy of championing charter schools, and supporting their growth. Under his tenure, charter schools have expanded, and funds have been protected. The San Francisco Chronicle spoke with CCSA President and CEO Jed Wallace as they examined the Schwarzenegger era.

Charter School Growth Continues to be Hot Topic

A few weeks ago, CCSA announced charter school growth for this school year, registering the highest number in the state's charter school history. With 115 new schools statewide, the charter school movement continues to gain momentum, and raise awareness with parents, students and communities. The San Bernardino Sun looked at the numbers, and wrote an article on the tremendous growth and success of charter schools. Read the article.

Aspire Charters Receive Recognition

Aspire Public Schools received a high honor this week as they were named one of the top twenty most improved and successful school systems in the world. The firm McKinsey & Company issued a report that states Aspire is successfully preparing students for the future, particularly those in underserved areas. Earlier this year, Aspire received a multi-million dollar donation from Oprah Winfrey, and one of the schools was featured in the successful documentary Waiting For Superman. The Lodi-News Sentinel wrote an article on the report, and the Superintendent of Public Instruction, Jack O'Connell, issued a congratulatory statement. To read the McKinsey report, click here.

San Diego-Area Students Give Back

This week, Escondido Charter High School students and staff showed their true Christmas spirit by sending dozens of care packages to our military stationed in Afghanistan. The packages, which included food, socks, toiletry items and personalized letters, were the result of a successful fundraiser organized by the school, and now, they're looking to raise more money to send more packages. To read about their efforts, read the story in the North County Times.

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