June 1, 2012
Two New Reports Show Charter School Integration
This week, two reports were released that examine the diversity in charter schools, as well as challenges charters face across the nation. The reports by the National Alliance of Public Charter Schools and the Century Foundation and the Poverty & Race Research Action Council , profile schools that focus on serving disadvantaged or socioeconomically diverse communities, and their successes. Among the schools profiled are Larchmont Charter in Los Angeles and High Tech High in San Diego. Both reports acknowledge challenges, and make recommendations to increase integration in their student populations. For more details, read the article in Education Week.
Charter School Facilities
Finding and securing facilities can be a major challenge for charter schools across California. Proposition 39 is a law that was approved by California voters, and which requires districts to provide charters with reasonably equivalent facilities. This week, stories in the media profiled some good and some troublesome cases. For instance, the U-T San Diego featured a story of a Chula Vista area school, Leonardon Da Vinci Health Sciences School, which will be changing venues under Prop. 39 to a more ample facility next school year. Read the story here. Up north, however, the proposed agreement between the Los Altos School District and Bullis Charter has taken an unexpected turn. Both have been tangled in a legal battle for better facilities for the charter, and earlier last month, there seemed to be movement toward an amicable agreement that would provide long-term solutions for the charter. However, media reported this week that those negotiations may be faltering. Read more in the Los Altos Town Crier.
In this blog, we try to highlight some of the positive things going on at charter schools that are featured in local media. This week, we saw several. El Diario de San Diego, a Spanish-language publication, visited the Leonardo Da Vinci Health Sciences Charter mentioned above to see how students are benefitting from the innovative and strong program. That article can be found here. In addition, the Sacramento Business Journal published a story showcasing the labor of local volunteers to beautify local elementary school campuses, including Westlake Charter's. The project is part of a national effort. Click her to read that story. In Bullis Charter, which was also mentioned above, students got to participate in a Junior Olympics competition. The Los Altos Town Crier had that story. And as the end of this school year becomes a reality, many are already looking to the fall. Several new charter schools will be opening their doors, and many others are in the process of petitioning to their local entities. In the San Benito area, for instance, there's an effort to bring a new charter school underway. Read about that in the San Benito County Today.
It's time to turn the tassel for many of our high school seniors, as families across the state prepare for graduation time. The future looks bright for our charter school graduates, as profiled in the North County Times, with students from Temecula Prep ready to embark on a new adventure. That same publication also featured an article on Guajome Park Charter's 2012 Class, which has the largest number of graduates in their history. Read that article here. And many more are planning graduations this weekend, including Burton Charter and Summit Charter Collegiate, both featured in the Porterville Recorder.
Congratulations from CCSA!