April 27, 2012
This week, the U.S. Department of Education announced the first ever Green Ribbon Awards, which recognizes energy efficient, healthy and environmentally-conscious schools across the nation. California charter school Environmental Charter High made the list of 78 schools in 29 states. To read more about what the school is doing, and the significance of the award, check out articles in the Cabinet Report, Market Watch and Patch.com.
And speaking of environmentally-conscious schools, up in the Bay Area, one of the KIPP schools was featured in the media for their innovation in foregoing textbooks, and be "paperless" classes. Read that article in the San Francisco Examiner.
California Budget Gap Worsens
It's almost the end of April, and in the Legislature, that signals the coming of the May Revise of the budget proposal. Revenues have been coming in short of what was expected back in January, which could worsen the budget deficit by several billion dollars. Read more about that in the Sacramento Bee.
At the same time, this week the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) released a poll that shows a slight majority of California voters in favor of Governor Brown's tax initiative, intended to raise revenues to be geared toward public schools. The initiative will be included in the November ballot, and large part of the budget proposal hinges on it. See what the following publications had to say: Associated Press, Sacramento Bee, U-T San Diego, Educated Guess, and Cabinet Report.
The Good News
As is our custom, we like to wrap up the week in news with some positive charter news stories featured in the media. This week, we saw two that caught our attention. A new Auburn area charter will be opening in the fall, and is currently enrolling students. If you know someone that would be interested, check out the article in the Auburn Journal for more details. Also, the Natomas Performing Arts Charter School in Sacramento is known in the community for its top of the line performances. Students here excel in acting, dancing, art, and more, and they not only showcase that in their performances, the students are going out to the community to mentor and teach others. Read about those efforts in the Natomas Buzz.