Commentary: East LA parents want quality public schools, regardless of school type
By Martin Capuchino This week is National Charter Schools Week, and though many of Los Angeles’ public charter schools serve children of color, the inaccurate dissemination of information regarding charter schools and traditional schools creates confusion in many communities — especially communities of color. During the summer of 2016, a group of students and I...
By Colaborador especial | May 3, 2017 12:43 pm
The public charter school principal being honored today by TFA credits her mentor — frequent charter critic Steve Zimmer
*UPDATED MAY 3 It’s not every day that a charter educator and a frequent charter critic converge to praise each other’s achievements in public education. But Marisol Pineda Conde, principal of Camino Nuevo Charter Academy’s Miramar High School, credits her mentor for much of her success — LA Unified school board President Steve Zimmer. “I’ve known...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | May 2, 2017 7:57 pm
Marshall Tuck: Support nonprofit charter schools, ban for-profit charters
By Marshall Tuck This year, we have a chance to help students and protect taxpayers across California, and I hope we don’t miss it. The California State Legislature is currently considering whether to ban for-profit charter schools. Educators — whether at district or charter public schools — can agree: public schools must serve students, not shareholders....
By Colaborador especial | April 27, 2017 11:06 am
U.S. News ranks America’s top public high schools — and for the first time, charters dominate Top 10
U.S. News and World Report has released its 2017 rankings of America’s public high schools, and for the first time ever, the majority of the schools in the top 10 are charters. BASIS Scottsdale, BASIS Tucson North, and BASIS Oro Valley — all Arizona public charter schools in the BASIS network — placed one, two, and three atop...
By Kate Stringer | April 26, 2017 6:46 pm
LAUSD puts money and muscle behind 3 state bills that shackle charter schools
*UPDATED After passionate debate and pleas from charter school administrators and parents, the LA Unified school board voted 4-3 to support three teacher union-backed bills being considered by the California legislature that all restrict some of the autonomies given to public charter schools. The most contested bill, SB 808, was pulled by its author on Monday...
By Mike Szymanski | April 18, 2017 7:26 pm
LA Unified considers supporting a state bill some say could ‘kill’ charters
*UPDATED A state bill that’s been labeled a charter killer could be supported by LA Unified’s lobbying capital if the school board passes a resolution on Tuesday’s agenda. School board vice president George McKenna, supported by fellow board member Scott Schmerelson, proposed the resolution that asks the school board to support the “swift passage” of...
By Mike Szymanski | April 17, 2017 2:38 pm