Special series from CCSA and live stream: 3 new essays on America’s misleading charter school narrative
This morning, The 74 CEO Romy Drucker will be moderating a panel at the 24th annual California Charter School Conference in Sacramento about how the mainstream press covers, and occasionally distorts, America’s charter schools sector. You can stream the event live here, beginning at 10:45 a.m.: Ahead of the conversation, three of today’s panelists have published a special...
By LA School Report | March 22, 2017 7:18 am
Charter school scorecard: How the board voted Tuesday night
* UPDATED Five independent public charter schools were denied Tuesday night by the LA Unified school board. The board granted one petition of the nine schools on the special agenda that had been recommended for denial. Another school will likely keep its charter under a last-minute deal, and two were petitions withdrawn. Here is the action Tuesday...
By LA School Report | October 18, 2016 9:50 pm
64 charter school leaders call for transparency, consistency from LA school board
*UPDATED The day before the LA Unified school board is scheduled to vote on the fate of 23 charter schools, the district was hit with a bombshell of a letter signed by 64 charter school leaders. The schools serve 90 percent of the charter students in the district — 196 schools serving 94,595 students, according to...
By Mike Szymanski | October 17, 2016 3:26 pm
As NAACP votes for charter moratorium, school families rallied in protest
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People reiterated its opposition to charter schools Saturday when its board of directors ratified a resolution calling for a moratorium on charter school expansion until more oversight is established. The board’s vote followed months of intense pressure to reject the proposal from other black education advocates, who...
By Naomi Nix | October 17, 2016 3:13 pm
Record number of charter schools, all outperforming district schools, are recommended for denial this week
*UPDATED A record number of charter schools, all outperforming nearby district schools, have been recommended for denial by LA Unified staff when their petitions come before Tuesday’s school board meeting. More than 15,000 students could be affected by board decisions involving charter schools that are up for renewal or revision. Seven schools that have 6,730 students...
By Mike Szymanski | October 17, 2016 7:33 am
How an LA high school raised its test scores, despite an international ‘incident’
When Principal James Lee learned that his students at Sylmar Charter High School had among the biggest jumps in state test scores in the local school district, he was thrilled but surprised, because they managed to pull it off despite a well-publicized lunchtime brawl that erupted on campus right in the middle of testing. He credits the...
By Mike Szymanski | October 13, 2016 4:23 pm