May 13, 2011:
Fortune Schools Approved In Sacramento
This week, the Sacramento County Board of Education approved a network of charter schools aimed at closing the persistent achievement gap in the area. The Fortune Schools petition, spearheaded by influential educator Margaret Fortune, received enough votes to get a green-light for the opening of the schools beginning this fall. For more, read the story and editorial in the Sacramento Bee, as well as an Op-Ed in Black Voice News on the need for better schools to serve African-American students.
Parents Support Local Charter Proposals
Meanwhile, parents in different parts of the state are showing support for charter schools, as they seek better education options and choices in public education. In Riverside, parents turned out at hearings this week to demand approval of a countywide charter, Imagine Schools, while in Calaveras County, parents and students await the decision of their local board. To read more on these local proposals, and the benefit charters would bring to these communities, read the articles in the Press Enterprise and the Calaveras Enterprise.
Support for Charter Schools
Next week, Governor Jerry Brown will release his May Revision of the state budget, and the education community, including charters, awaits details of potential impact. While charter schools are being impacted by potential cuts, and funding inequity, the flexibility and autonomy they have allow them to be more effective in the decisions they have to make to keep cuts away from the classrooms. Click here to read an Op-Ed in the Daily News on why the public should support charters, as well as Rep. Buck McKeon's piece in The Hill.
The Sacramento Bee also has an Editorial analyzing this week's CTE protests at the State Capitol. Read their take here.