8/10/12 Charter News Round-Up

August 10, 2012

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Happy Friday!

This week, we saw many great stories featuring charter schools across California. The topics and issues varied, from funding, to facilities, and of course, back-to-school.

Funding

As the November election approaches, all eyes may be on the various initiatives aimed at increasing funding for schools. Charter schools are already systematically underfunded, and the impact of any additional cuts would be devastating to many. Check out an article published in the North County Times on this issue. Speaking of financial issues, read the article in the Cabinet Report, which states that the State Legislature is taking a deeper look at the financial issues many districts are facing, and the high stakes of the upcoming initiatives.

More news coming out of the State Capitol this week included the announcement of new committee chairs by Speaker John PĂ©rez. Heading the Assembly Education Committee next year will be Assemblymember Joan Buchanan, replacing termed-out member Julia Brownley. Read more about Buchanan's priorities and views on upcoming education issues in an article from EdSource Today.

Facilities

As our charter members well know, equitable facilities is one of the top priorities of the Association. With the beginning of the new school year now upon is, we are also preparing for the new Proposition 39 cycle, in which charters submit applications to their local districts requesting facilities. This week, the Press Enterprise posted an article on the first charter in San Bernardino to be awarded a Prop. 39 facility, SOAR Charter Academy, which began classes this week. Read more.

Charter Schools Among Recipients Of Federal Nutrition Funding

Several California charter schools will receive funding to design and support healthy nutrition programs at their schools. The California Department of Education announced the winners of the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program grant. Among the charters that stand to receive funding are America's Finest Charter in the San Diego Area, and several Aspire schools. Read the CDE's press release here, and also check out stories in the North County Times and CBS San Diego.

Back To School

Can you believe it's that time of the year? Students across California are heading back to classes, and many have been highlighted in their local media. The Contra Costa Times, for instance, put together a video on the transitioning program that Clayton Valley Charter High offered incoming students this week. The school converted from a traditional public school to a charter just this year. See the video. New charter schools will be opening their doors in several areas, including one mentioned in the Yucaipa News Mirror, another in the Paso Robles Press, and one in the Willits News.

Outstanding Teacher

And to wrap the week up, we wanted to congratulate a North Woods Discovery Charter teacher for his nomination to the Presidential Teaching Award. Science Teacher Nathan Fairchild is one of three California teachers nominated for the Mathematics and Science Teaching award. Read more in the Redding Record Searchlight.

Have a great weekend!

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