9/9/11 Charter News Round-Up

September 9, 2011

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Charter Legislation Delayed Until Next Year

This Friday marked the end of the Legislative session at our state's Capitol, and with that, the fate of hundreds of bills. Some have made it to the Governor's desk, while others have been shelved and classified as "two-year bills." CCSA's sponsored bills, AB 360 and AB 440 fall among the latter, as the clock simply ran out on addressing issues with different parties. To read more on this, see the blog by John Fensterwald in Educated Guess.

Common Core Standards Bills On Governor's Desk

And speaking of bills, the proposals that would establish common core standards for all schools were sent to Governor Brown's desk this week. The bills would, among a slew of other things, begin the process for developing testing, curriculum, and instructional material frameworks, adopt math standards, ensure English Language Learners are considered in the development of these standards, and establish a uniform placement test for college admissions. For more information, read the story in Educated Guess.

Former Head of UTLA Proposing New Charter School

As many schools continue opening their doors to students this month, others are already making plans for next school year. One of those is former UTLA president A.J. Duffy, who is proposing to open a new charter school in Los Angeles. The move has generated considerable buzz not only in the media, but in the education community, even though Duffy's plans are not yet all that concrete. To read more on what's happening, see the op-ed by Caprice Young in the L.A. Times, as well an editorial in the same publication and the stories in KNBC (L.A.) and the L.A. Examiner.

State Senate Confirms State Board Of Education Appointees

Governor Brown's appointees to the State Board of Education were all confirmed this week at the Capitol, including Board President Michael Kirst. Their approval didn't come without some behind-the-scenes action. Educated Guess has more.

Palisades Charter High Celebrating 50th Anniversary

As we approach the 20th anniversary of the California Charter Schools Act next year, we want to also take the time to highlight accomplishments from our state's charter schools, and their continued commitment to serving generations of students in California. This year, for instance, several top quality charters will be reaching incredible milestones, starting with Palisades Charter High, which is commemorating their 50th year anniversary. For more on how it all started, and this wonderful accomplishment, read the article in the Palisades Post.

Charter Schools Highlighted In The Press

We normally like to wrap up our week in the news by showcasing some of the stories that feature our charter schools statewide, whether noting their back to school programs, upcoming charter proposals, or recognition for excellence. This week we saw several examples. San Diego's Preuss Charter, for instance, was featured in the Spanish-language El Latino publication for the high-quality program they run. The story is here. Also, after the Labor Day weekend, several schools officially began classes, and new schools like Woodland Poly and Redding Charter appeared in local publications. Also featured were charters in the Orland and San Jacinto areas.

We wish them, and all our charters, the best of luck this school year!

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