4/20/12 Charter News Round-Up

April 20, 2012

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Upcoming Book Relates Insiders Look At History Of Charter Movement

The charter school movement is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. To look back at some of the history of how the first charter law in the nation (in Minnesota) came about, the senator from that state who spearheaded the movement, Reichgott Junge, has penned a book that will be released next month to coincide with the National Charter Schools Conference. Read more about the author, and some of the anecdotes in his upcoming book, "Zero Chance for Passage," in Education Week.

On that note, National Charter Schools Week will take place this year from May 6-12, again focusing on the 20th anniversary of the charter movement, and how this education reform has changed lives across the country. CCSA has prepared a Tool Kit for charter schools with ideas on how to raise awareness with various audiences, templates, and more information.

Out-Of-State Charter School Expansion Could Impact Growth In California

Only a couple of weeks ago, Aspire Public Schools and Rocketship Education announced plans to open charter schools in other states over the next few years, including Tennessee and Milwaukee. The expansion of quality charter schools is positive for the national movement, yet there are questions of whether this move will impact growth in California. See what CCSA's President and CEO, Jed Wallace, had to say about this in EdSource Extra's article, and what other California charter operators had to say.

Oakland Unified's Superintendent Supports Charter Conversions

This week, OUSD's Superintendent Tony Smith said during a meeting with principals and school administrators that he supports charter conversions and the need to create more good public school options for students. The comments came weeks after the district announced a partnership deal with two charter conversions, and is looking at a third proposal. To read more on this, see the article in the Oakland Tribune.

Governor Brown Says Deficit Could Grow By $1 Billion More

In a few weeks, Governor Jerry Brown will release the May Revise of the budget, with updated revenue information. This week, it was reported by several publications that the deficit could grow by $1 Billion, raising concerns on possible cuts that could impact already precarious budgets. See the details in the Los Angeles Times and the Sacramento Bee. To offset some of the financial impact, several districts across the state are pushing for parcel tax proposals. Read what's happening in one Northern California county in the Oakland Tribune.

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