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California Public Employees Unions Join Forces To Oppose Charter Growth

Teachers unions in Los Angeles (LA) and other public employee unions formed a coalition to fight the expansion of charter schools in California. The expansion effort, led by the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation (BF), aims at more than doubling the number of students attending public charter schools in Los …

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#ChartersWork School Profile: Pacific Collegiate, Santa Cruz, CA

The Pacific Collegiate School is a rigorous charter high school that serves students in Santa Cruz, California. The Pacific Collegiate School, or PCS, is California’s top-ranked, open-admission public high school and, as a leader in the charter education debate in Santa Cruz, PCS has demonstrated the best charter schools have …

Blended Learning

ChartersWork School Profile: Grimmway Academy, Arvin, CA

Grimmway Academy is a charter school that serves primarily low-income, first-generation students in Arvin, California. Grimmway’s founder, Barbara Grimm-Marshall, is co-owner of Grimmway Farms, the largest carrot manufacturer in the world and the largest employer in Kern County. As part of their effort to give back to the community, Grimmway …

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Affluent School Districts Don’t Guarantee Better Academic Performance

Some parents in affluent Michigan school districts may be surprised to learn the local school isn’t just failing to give their kids a leg up, it’s holding them back. New research shows that a number of Michigan schools in middle- to upper-income areas are underperforming on state and national proficiency …

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Short-Circuited: The Challenge Facing the Online Learning Revolution in California

San Francisco – One would expect that California, with its abundance of technology companies, would have a leading advantage in the online learning revolution. But in fact, when it comes to harnessing technology and applying it to public education, the state is lagging in many respects. Short-Circuited: The Challenges Facing …

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Izumi study sparks law promoting online learning

Maybe things actually are starting to change for the better in California’s embattled public schools. The latest: Kids who enroll in virtual or online charter schools now can continue their studies even if they move out of their original school district. The change idea came from Lance Izumi in his …

California

Killing fair play for charter schools

Recently, the enemies of school choice won a significant victory. A small, but very important, amendment to the California Education Code, Assembly Bill 2225 by Assemblyman Travis Allen, R-Huntington Beach, died in the Assembly education committee – voted down by Democrats in a party-line vote. This bill merely said that …

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CTA Attacking Charter Schools Again

If it’s spring then it must be time for the California Teachers Association (CTA) to make another one of its frontal assaults on charter schools, the independent public schools that promise better results in exchange for greater freedom to operate. The CTA’s chosen vehicle this time around is Democratic Assembly …

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The War on Charter Schools

Newly installed New York mayor Bill de Blasio ignited a nationwide firestorm of protest by his decision to close down three charter schools, which are independent, mostly nonunionized, deregulated public schools run by parents, nonprofits, and others. Yet there has been very little national notice of a similar recent action …

California

Teachers Union Cheers Victory Over Poor Latino Childern

During a 1954 congressional hearing, U.S. Army counsel Joseph Welch famously asked Senator Joseph McCarthy, “Have you no sense of decency?” The same question may be asked of the California Federation of Teachers (CFT), which featured a splashy cover photo and story on its February/March magazine that celebrated the defeat …

California

California Public Employees Unions Join Forces To Oppose Charter Growth

Teachers unions in Los Angeles (LA) and other public employee unions formed a coalition to fight the expansion of charter schools in California. The expansion effort, led by the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation (BF), aims at more than doubling the number of students attending public charter schools in Los …

Charter Schools

#ChartersWork School Profile: Pacific Collegiate, Santa Cruz, CA

The Pacific Collegiate School is a rigorous charter high school that serves students in Santa Cruz, California. The Pacific Collegiate School, or PCS, is California’s top-ranked, open-admission public high school and, as a leader in the charter education debate in Santa Cruz, PCS has demonstrated the best charter schools have …

Blended Learning

ChartersWork School Profile: Grimmway Academy, Arvin, CA

Grimmway Academy is a charter school that serves primarily low-income, first-generation students in Arvin, California. Grimmway’s founder, Barbara Grimm-Marshall, is co-owner of Grimmway Farms, the largest carrot manufacturer in the world and the largest employer in Kern County. As part of their effort to give back to the community, Grimmway …

Charter Schools

Affluent School Districts Don’t Guarantee Better Academic Performance

Some parents in affluent Michigan school districts may be surprised to learn the local school isn’t just failing to give their kids a leg up, it’s holding them back. New research shows that a number of Michigan schools in middle- to upper-income areas are underperforming on state and national proficiency …

Charter Schools

Short-Circuited: The Challenge Facing the Online Learning Revolution in California

San Francisco – One would expect that California, with its abundance of technology companies, would have a leading advantage in the online learning revolution. But in fact, when it comes to harnessing technology and applying it to public education, the state is lagging in many respects. Short-Circuited: The Challenges Facing …

Charter Schools

Izumi study sparks law promoting online learning

Maybe things actually are starting to change for the better in California’s embattled public schools. The latest: Kids who enroll in virtual or online charter schools now can continue their studies even if they move out of their original school district. The change idea came from Lance Izumi in his …

California

Killing fair play for charter schools

Recently, the enemies of school choice won a significant victory. A small, but very important, amendment to the California Education Code, Assembly Bill 2225 by Assemblyman Travis Allen, R-Huntington Beach, died in the Assembly education committee – voted down by Democrats in a party-line vote. This bill merely said that …

Charter Schools

CTA Attacking Charter Schools Again

If it’s spring then it must be time for the California Teachers Association (CTA) to make another one of its frontal assaults on charter schools, the independent public schools that promise better results in exchange for greater freedom to operate. The CTA’s chosen vehicle this time around is Democratic Assembly …

Charter Schools

The War on Charter Schools

Newly installed New York mayor Bill de Blasio ignited a nationwide firestorm of protest by his decision to close down three charter schools, which are independent, mostly nonunionized, deregulated public schools run by parents, nonprofits, and others. Yet there has been very little national notice of a similar recent action …

California

Teachers Union Cheers Victory Over Poor Latino Childern

During a 1954 congressional hearing, U.S. Army counsel Joseph Welch famously asked Senator Joseph McCarthy, “Have you no sense of decency?” The same question may be asked of the California Federation of Teachers (CFT), which featured a splashy cover photo and story on its February/March magazine that celebrated the defeat …

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