July 6, 2012:
Judge Finds Prop. 39 Non-Compliance In LAUSD
Finding and securing facilities has been a continuing challenge for charter schools since Governor Wilson signed the Charter Schools Act in 1992. Proposition 39, passed in 2000, was set to bring some relief to charter schools by requiring districts to give reasonably equivalent space to the charters that submit applications for the annual process. However, compliance across the state has varied. Last week, an L.A. County Superior Court Judge ordered the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) to comply with Proposition 39, and send revised offers to charter schools in the next few weeks. The issue is centered around how the district has calculated space, which must be shared among public school students. See what KPCC's Tami Abdollah wrote about the issue.
California Charters Expanding To Other States
Some of California's top charter school operators are expanding to other states to offer quality public education options for families, but also to explore what are being deemed as friendlier charter school states. Aspire, for instance, is set to open schools in the state of Tennessee, as is the Silicon Valley's Rocketship Schools. Both are lauded nationwide for their innovation. Aspire has been a life changing system for many students, with recent highlights of entire classes graduating and being accepted to higher education institutions. See what the Modesto Bee wrote about their positive impact. Education Week published a story detailing the reasons, and benefits, for the expansion outside of California. Also, an op-ed in the Huffington Post delves into the issue of education reform, especially as the Presidential election gets closer, and the need for quality charter schools, like Rocketship.
Aspire Statewide Benefit In Jeopardy After Judge's Ruling
Speaking of Aspire, a Judge ruled last week to nullify their Statewide Benefit Charter status, which was granted by the State Board of Education back in 2007. If the ruling is not appealed, a number of Aspire schools will be forced to seek authorization next year from their local districts. See what John Fensterwald wrote in EdSource Extra.
Charters Receive Public Charter Schools Grants
Summer is well underway, yet many schools are already set to open their doors in a few short weeks. As this important time quickly approaches, we're happy to see several stories featured in the media of charters which have been approved for the Public Charter Schools Grant. Read articles in the Sierra Sun Times and the Visalia Times Delta. Congratulations!
Staying on the Back to School subject, this week, we were pleased to see a couple of articles detailing the progress of the upcoming first day of school for Clayton Valley Charter High School, which won their conversion status at the county level earlier this year. Read about how staff is prepping for students in the San Jose Mercury News, as well as the San Francisco Chronicle.
Another school opening this fall is Heritage Peak Charter in the Vacaville area. The school is currently enrolling students. See the Vacaville Reporter for more information.
Have a terrific weekend!