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
Commentary: Let’s reinstate LAUSD’s charter school leave
By Karin Kroener-Valdivia It’s National Charter Schools Week, and I’m remembering my first experience at a charter school. Fifteen years ago, after my fourth year of teaching in LA, I was burned out, exhausted from having my track constantly change and from moving rooms during the day without a classroom of my own. I came...
By Guest contributor | May 4, 2017 2:14 pm
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 Guest contributor | 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 Guest contributor | April 27, 2017 11:06 am