June 29, 2012:
Governor Brown Signs State Budget
Governor Jerry Brown signed this week the 2012-13 State Budget, restoring critical funding for charter schools. While the sober spending plan did cut several other programs, it also gave green light to the Transitional Kindergarten, something the Governor had previously eliminated, but the Democratic leadership in the Legislature fought for districts to implement next school year. Read CCSA's Statement on the budget, which includes more specifics on charter school items, and keep updated on our website for any more upcoming budget news. Articles in the Associated Press, the Sacramento Bee, News10 and Cabinet Report also highlight more on how public education fared.
Oakland Unified Approves Facilities Bond, Yet Refuses To Include Charters
The Oakland Unified School District Board voted in favor of including a multi-million dollar bond in the November ballot, which, if approved, would be earmarked for school building upgrades and improvements. However, the bond does not include charter schools in the language. CCSA testified at the Board Meeting on Wednesday to advocate for inclusion of the district's 32 charter schools and more than 9,500 students. The board moved forward anyway, yet our fight is not over. For more, read an op-ed in the Oakland Tribune penned by CCSA's president and CEO Jed Wallace, as well as an article in the same publication.
Aspire Statewide Benefit Charter In Jeopardy
This week, a Superior Court Judge issued an order invalidating Aspire Public Schools statewide benefit charter, and requiring them to seek authorization next year from the local districts where their six schools are located. The statewide benefit was granted by the State Board of Education back in 2007. Both Aspire and CCSA are hopeful the SBE will appeal the decision, and minimize impact to the schools. For more on this, read the article in the Cabinet Report.
The Good News
It is the end of yet another month! Summer is now well underway, yet our charters continue to make positive headlines in the media across the state. For instance, this week we found an article in the San Jose Mercury News of parents leading an effort to open a new elementary charter school in Redwood City. Check out why they're taking this on, as well as some of the challenges they face. Down south in Chula Vista, a new charter school is accepting applications for their incoming 9th grade class. If you know anyone who might be interested, forward the article in the U-T San Diego. Meantime, KIPP will open a new high school in San Francisco next year, making it the seventh KIPP school to open in the area in the last ten years. Check out the story on KQED.
Have a good weekend, and good 4th of July!