Exclusive: Data show charter school students graduating from college at three to five times national average
About a decade ago, 15 years into the public charter school movement, a few of the nation’s top charter networks quietly upped the ante on their own strategic goals. No longer was it sufficient to keep students “on track” to college. Nor was it enough to enroll 100 percent of your graduates in colleges. What...
By Richard Whitmire | July 27, 2017 2:04 pm
Exclusive: Charter co-locations across multiple school campuses are down by more than half, but LAUSD process still lacks transparency
LAUSD charter schools on multiple sites have gone down. The number of LA Unified charter schools that will be splitting their classrooms across two or more traditional school campuses will drop by more than half this fall. According to district data provided to LA School Report, 63 independent charter schools will share space at 74...
By Mike Szymanski | July 10, 2017 8:12 am
LAUSD to charter schools: You’re not allowed in our new unified enrollment system
* UPDATED LA Unified is going to get its first phase of a unified enrollment system, but board members held up authorizing the cash for it until they added a stipulation that specifically excludes independent charter schools for at least two years. After a long and animated discussion at Tuesday’s meeting, the board — which...
By Mike Szymanski | June 14, 2017 2:24 pm
Pair of honors for KIPP LA: 2 teachers named national award-winners, and CREDO study cites learning gains
High academic expectations and an “alive” and engaged classroom with lots of student-teacher interaction are some of the hallmarks of Joshua Martinez’s East Los Angeles class, where he has taught fourth-grade for the last five years. Martínez has been named one of four winners of the 2017 Fishman Prize for his “superlative classroom practice” at...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | June 13, 2017 4:25 pm
Two Celerity charter schools lose final state appeal, will close this summer
Two charter schools under federal investigation were denied their last chance to appeal their charter petition by the California State Board of Education on Thursday, meaning they will close after the current school year. The unanimous vote against the two schools marks the end of a frustrating battle that escalated when the school petitions were initially rejected...
By Mike Szymanski | May 12, 2017 9:48 am
Meet the 3 new education advocates to be inducted into the national Charter School Hall of Fame
Three charter school advocates — Greg Richmond of the National Association of Charter School Authorizers, Caprice Young of Magnolia Public Schools, and Malcolm “Mike” Peabody of Friends of Choice in Urban Schools — have been chosen as this year’s inductees to the Charter School Hall of Fame, the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools announced...
By Kate Stringer | May 5, 2017 2:24 pm