March 30, 2012:
Aspire Recognized as One of the Top-Performing Charter Groups in the Country
This week, Aspire Public Schools was recognized as one of the top performing charter companies in the U.S. Aspire, which operates 40 schools in California, was highlighted in a Mathematica Policy Research report, which singled out their teacher mentoring programs and focus on student instruction. To read more on this story, see the article in the Modesto Bee.
CCSA Opposes AB 1594, Citing Challenges In Free Meal Bill
The Assembly Education Committee approved a bill this week that would mandate free meals to students at all charter schools. While the majority of charters already offer meal programs to their students, many face challenges that are not addressed in the bill, the most significant being facilities. Several schools do not have kitchens or staff to be able to offer the program. For more on what this means, and what CCSA's position is, read the article in the California Watch.
Supreme Court Issues Order In Favor Of Bullis Charter In Prop. 39 Facilities Case
The deadline for districts to make their final Prop. 39 facilities offers to charter schools is this weekend, and one of the stand-out cases this year is the one impacting Bullis Charter. Earlier this year, the California Supreme Court ruled in favor of the school, mandating the district to provide reasonably equivalent facilities to the charter, after years of non-compliance. Despite the ruling, the school and the district continue to be at odds in negotiations. Read CCSA's statement on this week's ruling, as well as the latest on the situation in the articles from the Los Altos Town Crier and Patch.com.
Oakland Unified Postpones Prop. 39 Facilities Vote After Sit-In Protest
The Oakland Unified School District was forced to adjourn its usual Wednesday night meeting and postpone it until Thursday afternoon following a sit-in protest by groups opposing a handful of school closures. The board was supposed to discuss the issue of facilities under Proposition 39 for two charter schools, yet it postponed the vote for a future date. Read more about what happened in the San Francisco Chronicle.