Category Archives: School Districts

Charter-Union Showdown in Los Angeles: Massive Spending on School Board Race

The more than $14 million that has poured into the candidates campaigns’, as well as some high-profile endorsements, reveal how important the race is to charter school supporters and groups that hope to curb charter growth in Los Angeles.

Source: Charter-Union Showdown in Los Angeles: Massive Spending on School Board Race – Charters & Choice – Education Week

The many challenges of charter schools in N.O. exposed at hearing, though these problems are dwarfed compared to the school district’s performance Pre-Katrina

This writer, Bill Quigley, goes to tremendous pains to explain how charter schools in New Orleans are a challenge and might not be performing up to his expectations. We wonder if Mr. Quigley ever wrote any articles critical of the colossal educational disaster known as New Orleans Public Schools Pre-Katrina.

By Bill Quigley
Contributing Writer

New Orleans is the nation’s largest and most complete experiment in charter schools. After Hurricane Katrina, the State of Louisiana took control of public schools in New Orleans and launched a nearly complete transformation of a public school system into a system of charter schools. Though there are spots of improvement in the New Orleans charter system, major problems remain.

Source: The many challenges of charter schools in N.O. exposed at hearing | New Orleans’ Multicultural News Source | The Louisiana Weekly

Charter group pulls application to take over New Orleans’ 5 remaining traditional schools

Most of the five remaining traditional public schools in New Orleans will be staying traditional — at least for now.

Source: Charter group pulls application to take over New Orleans’ 5 remaining traditional schools | Education | theadvocate.com

Charter schools meet demand for better education

A new labor-backed study charges that California charter schools are opening schools where they aren’t needed, but parents — not special interests or governmental bodies — should be the final judges.

The report from In the Public Interest criticizes charters for opening in areas where there is existing classroom space in traditional public schools, criticizes them for using public funds for their facilities — as they are entitled to do under Proposition 39, passed by voters in 2000 — and alleges that they are misusing funds.

Source: Charter schools meet demand for better education

Teachers’ unions despise competition the world over, including in the UK where they oppose charter-like “free schools”

Free schools are state schools that are outside of local authority networks and which are set up by groups such as academy trusts, charities, parents and community groups. There are now about 800 free schools either open or in the pipeline.  The NUT (National Union of Teachers) said the £138.5m on the closed or unopened schools would have paid for 3,680 teachers for a year.  Ministers are accused of wasting millions on cancelled or closed free schools.

Source: Scrapped free schools ‘wasted’ nearly £140m, says NUT – BBC News

Sarasota Montessori school under investigation for alleged Sunshine Law violation

Charter schools have a special obligation to demonstrate what accountability at all levels looks like so that regular school districts can emulate. It’s unacceptable to violate best practices, especially as it relates to transparency.

http://www.mysuncoast.com/news/charter-school-under-investigation-for-alleged-sunshine-law-violation/article_8a081e5a-20a5-11e7-b43c-4b901c8437ac.html

Doctors group wants L.A. district to stop serving processed meat

http://m.asumag.com/business-finance/doctors-group-wants-la-district-stop-serving-processed-meat?NL=ASU-03&Issue=ASU-03_20170414_ASU-03_102&sfvc4enews=42&cl=article_2_b&utm_rid=CPG04000001538594&utm_campaign=13448&utm_medium=email&elq2=72d6f9939e284f9583b38cb92e9429b8

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