September 23, 2011:
President Obama Announces NCLB Reforms
President Obama announced this week changes to the No Child Left Behind law, that will effectively allow states to be exempted from some of the law's requirements. The President did not consider the move as a weakening of the standards, but rather a way for states to focus on better preparing students. To read more on this, access the article by the Associated Press here, as well as the Los Angeles Times take on the issue. Educated Guess had a blog which focused on Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson's absence from the President's announcement in Washington, D.C.
Clayton Valley High School Charter Conversion Gets Second Chance
Supporters of the move to covert Clayton Valley High School into a charter school met this week with the Mt. Diablo Unified School District to discuss last week's approval with "conditions", and were encouraged by the Board's willingness to move the item's reconsideration deadline by several months. The issue has been generating quite a buzz, particularly for the many parties that are supportive of the conversion. For more, read the story in Patch.com and the San Francisco Chronicle's reader blog section.
Meg Whitman Donates To Silicon Valley Charter School
The former Republican gubernatorial candidate, Meg Whitman, resurfaced this week after months of staying low-key to announce her support of expanding Summit charter schools in the Silicon Valley. Whitman was very supportive of charter schools during last year's campaign against Governor Brown, and said the funds should help in Summit's goal of establishing several charter schools in that area over the next ten years. For more on this, read the articles in the San Francisco Chronicle, the San Jose Mercury News, and Educated Guess.
State Of Education, A Complex Matter
Over the past month, the state has released results for various achievement tests, and while the overall performance of public schools is lagging, many charters have seen tremendous results. The state of education was discussed in this article in the San Diego Union Tribune, which offers several views, including the role of charter schools.
And speaking of test scores, we wanted to highlight some great results featured in area publications. To read on the performance by Tri-Valley charters, click here and Fox 40's story on the impact and positive results of River Oaks Charterin Stockton.
L.A. Mayor Villaraigosa, Receives Award, Talks Charters In D.C.
This week, L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was honored in the nation's capital as a true education reform leader for his work and support of charter schools, among other things. You can read more about this story in the Los Angeles Daily News as well as a piece on Fox and Hounds Daily on why some consider Villaraigosa Obama's secret weapon.
Charter Expansion and An Important Visitor
To finish the week, we like to highlight some of the positive stories on charter schools. One that caught our attention was the approved expansion for a new campus for a Roseland area charter school. The story is very interesting, as the new campus will help eliminate growing waiting lists, and encourage growth, and had the support of the community and board. Read about it in the Press Democrat.
And students at a Roseville charter got a surprise when their local Congressman, Tom McClintock, visited the campus this week to help students honor the Constitution of the U.S. Read that invigorating story here.