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April 13, 2012

CDE Announces Title I Academic Achievement Awards; Several Charters Named

This week, the California Department of Education (CDE) released the names of schools being recognized with the Title I Academic Achievement Award. Several charters were included, and featured in local publications. Read CCSA's statement, as well as stories in the Los Angeles Daily News, Oakland Tribune and San Jose Mercury News.

Sacramento City Unified Charter Compact a Positive Direction for Schools

Sacramento has one of 16 Compact initiatives between school districts and charter schools across the country. Supported by the Bill & Melissa Gates Foundation, the Compacts are intended to improve relationships to resolve ongoing issues. The Sacramento Bee penned an editorial this week that explains the benefits for local charter schools. Read it here.

Career Technical Education Seen as Potential Answer to California's Dropout Crisis

With an estimated 7,000 students dropping out of high school every day across the U.S., many are looking for answers and solutions, including a reassessment of what a successful education means. As continued budget cuts have all but eliminated career technical education from public schools, a new report suggests that it may be one of the answers to curb dropout rates. Read more on the report in The Cabinet Report. And speaking of career technical education, charter schools across California, like Trade Tech High, have been very successful at giving students the tools and real-world experience they will need in the future. Read more about Trade Tech High in the North County Times.

The Good News

To wrap up another week, we'd like to highlight some positive news stories on charter schools this week. Staying on the topic of real-world experience, family doctors visited students at a Sacramento-area charter school for recruitment purposes. See that story in the Sacramento Bee. And as the end of the school year quickly approaches, many high school seniors are not only looking forward to graduation, but also life in college. One particular student from an Imperial Valley charter received a hefty scholarship. Read her story in the Inland Valley Press Enterprise.

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