On November 27, 2013, the East Bay Express published an opinion piece, "Oakland Needs a Moratorium on Charter Schools." CCSA wrote the following response.
On October 1, the Los Angeles Times published an op-ed, The charter school mistake, written by Diane Ravitch author of a new book "Reign of Error." CCSA wrote the following letter to the editor in response. To say I am...
Response to Southern California Public Radio: "API scores: Only about half of LA Unified charters meeting state performance goals"
Read CCSA's response to Southern California Public Radio's article, API scores: Only about half of LA Unified charters meeting state performance goals.
CCSA's response to The Los Angeles Times' editorial about the charter movement, Making Room for Charter Students, stating that allocating space for charter students under Prop. 39 should not be at the expense of students in traditional public schools.
Editor: I am writing to support the Alameda County Office of Education (ACOE) leadership in its recommendation to uphold the revocation of the American Indian Model Schools (AIMS) charters.
The California Charter Schools Association is deeply disappointed with the actions of both the Carlsbad Unified Board of Education and the County Board of Education regarding the denial of a new petition and appeal of the Oxford Preparatory Academy's (OPA) new charter school.
We agree with the Times that not enough low performing charter schools have closed. However, the charter school sector itself is showing signs of correcting, bold actions on accountability that the editorial fails to mention.
CCSA's response to an LA Times editorial claiming that charter school oversight is insufficient
One of the most glaring omissions in the article is a failure to set in context what is happening in our nation's charter schools in comparison to what has persisted for decades throughout the traditional public education establishment.
CCSA response to the Los Angeles Times article "Charters Draw Students From Private Schools" published on August 28, 2012.
"All I'm asking for is that you give the 'Schools We Can Believe In' rally a true voice about what we were actually there for," writes Aurora Finley, a 10th grade charter school student, in response to an ABC7 news story. This letter is one of 60 sent by students to the TV station regarding its coverage of the event.
CCSA has spent years with a broad range of external academics and consultants, researching and developing a new metric that better isolated the impact of the school while using publicly available data.
The Sacramento Bee recently posted a press release on their website from a group attacking CCSA's call for non-renewal for underperforming charter schools.
LA Weekly recently looked at several charter schools in Los Angeles that are in high-demand. CCSA responds to the piece, which argued for more district regulations.
Charter schools in Los Angeles are partners with the district and the broader community in improving our public schools. We all share the same goal - for all students to have access to a high-quality public education.
Despite the success of charter schools, especially here in Los Angeles, or perhaps because of it, misconceptions abound about what charter schools are and what they do. A recent piece in City Watch by Janet Denise Kelly echoed many of...
Cheating is completely unacceptable and inexcusable in any school and we are in complete support of the LAUSD board's decision to close six charter schools caught cheating.
Cosmo Garvin's piece "Time for Action on Sac High" is out of touch with the need for real education reform not just in Sacramento, but across the state. By pushing new school board members to pick on a top performing charter school whose focus is to graduate seniors and encourage higher education is ignoring the real issues public schools are facing.
The San Diego Union-Tribune has published several opinion pieces recently in regards to the Waiting for "Superman" documentary, which highlights the use of lotteries by charters where enrollment is oversubscribed. In none of these U-T pieces did the author correctly inform readers that charter schools must use lotteries mandated by both federal and state law when the number of applicants for their school exceeds the seats available.
"The new segregation" by Leslie Layton (August 12, 2010) is a disappointingly one-sided look at Chico's charter schools. Layton's article, and the UCLA Civil Rights Project report referenced in it, were based on assumptions and incomplete data, and solely focus their findings on demographics and "exposure" to diversity, rather than the academic performance of charter school students.
In response to Steve Lopez's editorial, "This School Tax is a Bargain", the writer fails to mention the fact that this proposed parcel tax, Measure E, has purposely left out charter schools: students, teachers, and parents....
We want to set the record straight. Charter schools are public schools that are tuition-free. Charter schools are committed to offering alternative methods of teaching, and serving a diverse student population. Local educators, leaders, and community members run the schools, not "outsiders". That is what we offer.
CCSA Responds to Thomas Hehir's article Charters: Students with Disabilities Need Not Apply? in Education Week Mr. Hehir's attacks on California charter school special education programs demonstrate an unfortunate lack of depth regarding California's special education infrastructure....