6/22/12 Charter News Round-Up

June 22, 2012

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State Budget Deal Would Reinstate Charter Growth Funding

This week, Governor Jerry Brown and the Democratic leadership of the Senate and the Assembly announced a budget deal that, among other things, would reinstate $50 million for the Charter School Categorical Block Grant, which is designed to account for the growth in the number of students attending California's charter public schools. The funding was originally included in the Governor's May Revise, but taken out in the Legislature's version last week. While this current deal is not final, the charter community hope the funding will remain in place. For more, read articles in the Cabinet Report, Educated Guess, the Los Angeles Times. Also, check out stories profiled in KQED radio and KABC-TV.

California Ranks Low In Per Pupil, School Spending

Speaking of funding, according to the U.S. Census, California's per pupil and school spending continues to slip. For per pupil spending, our state is now at #35, while it is near the bottom in the latter. Read more of the details provided in the Sacramento Bee.

National Charter Schools Conference Commemorates Nation's 20th Anniversary Of Charters

The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools had their annual national conference this week in Minneapolis, MN, focusing on the 20th anniversary of the charter schools movement across the U.S. Minnesota was the first state to approve a charter school law, followed by California in 1992. Several of our staff and members attended the Conference. Check out the statement from CCSA's Jed Wallace, as well as a story in the Twin Cities Pioneer Press, which discusses the birth of the charter movement, and the changes over the past two decades.

USC Report Names Top Charters In California

Also this week, the University of Southern California Center for Education Governance released a report outlining the top ten charter schools in California, with San Diego's Preuss Charter UCSD at the top of that list. The local daily newspaper, U-T San Diego published an article on the report) as well as a touching editorial on this recognition for Preuss, encouraging others to learn from this school.

KPCC-AM also did a story on the report, and the Fresno Business Journal focused their coverage on Fresno University High, which tied for 7th place with three other charters. The report, now in its 6th year, rates schools on their financial and academic measures of performance. To read the report in its entirety, click here.

Chico's Inspire Charter School Getting Additional Space For Students: Chico Enterprise Record, http://www.chicoer.com/news/ci_20914850/inspire-charter-school-get-more-space-chico-high

The Good News

Can you believe it is almost the end of June? Summer is officially now underway, and we at CCSA like to highlight articles in the media profiling our schools in a positive light. This week, for instance, the San Jose Mercury News did a story on the graduates of Clayton Valley High. The school will be officially opening as a conversion charter school in the fall, and the students that received their diploma this year consider the conversion their biggest legacy to the upcoming seniors, and the community. Read about that here. Speaking of graduations, Bullis charter school celebrated their first class going through their entire comprehensive program. The Mountain View Voice had that story.

In the Rocklin area, a 3rd grade student of Rocklin Academy used her math skills to place 2nd in a local competition. Check out her story in the Placer Herald. And further up north, parents and communities are coming together to propose for new two new charter schools to open in the Redwood City area. See what they had to say about why their community needs these schools, as well as the challenges they face, in the San Jose Mercury News.

Have a great weekend!

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