Trump Backs California Charter Schools, But the Feeling Isn’t Mutual by Charter Supporters

It’s a bit of twisted logic for charter advocates to turn their back on President Trump’s support for charter school in order to ingratiate themselves with anti-charter foes.

“It would be much more valuable for me, frankly, if [the president] just said he hates charter schools,” said Caprice Young, chief executive officer and superintendent of the Magnolia network of charter schools. “The fact that Trump supports charter schools gives the opposition… an opportunity to equate charter schools with the things that Trump cares about, that most Californians are opposed to.”

Source: Trump Backs California Charter Schools, But the Feeling Isn’t Mutual | The California Report | KQED News


Alabama not attracting charter schools for now, numbers show

As one public charter school prepares to open in August in Mobile, only three new public charter school applications were received by the Alabama Public Charter School Commission before the May 1 deadline. Five applications were received during the 2016 cycle.

Source: Alabama not attracting charter schools, numbers show |

Editor’s note: Charters shine on national report

Betsy DeVos, the U.S. education secretary, is no doubt thrilled with a new report showcasing the best public high schools in the country. Michigan’s top 3 schools are charters: Wellspring Preparatory, Arbor Preparatory and Black River Public School.

Source: Editor’s note: Charters shine on national report

Are all Florida charter schools not-for-profit? | PolitiFact Florida

“All charter schools are not-for-profit,” Rep. Bob Cortes, R-Altamonte Springs.

Source: Are all Florida charter schools not-for-profit? | PolitiFact Florida

Top 3 Public Schools in Michigan Are Charter Schools, But State’s Democrats Trying to Strangle These Schools of Choice

U.S. News & World Report just released its rankings of the nation’s top high schools and the best in each state. In Michigan, the top three schools were public charter schools. Yet Democratic legislators proposed wiping them out.

Source: Top 3 Public Schools in Michigan Are Charter Schools [Michigan Capitol Confidential]

Charter school change legislation advances, despite efforts by Democrats to protect status quo

MONTGOMERY — Rep. Terri Collins, R-Decatur, said legislation she is sponsoring will clarify and make requested changes to the state’s charter school law.

Source: Charter school change legislation advances | State Capital |

Unionization of Charter Schools: A National Strategy to Strangle Charters From Within

The announcement by teachers at Noble Charter Schools—the largest charter network in Chicago—that they intend on unionizing was greeted with much fanfare, garnering praise from figures as high up as American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten. While unionization drives like the one at Noble are mostly waged at the school level, they fit into a loosely organized national drive to expand union representation into charter schools. Looking across the country, the success of recent efforts has been mixed at best.

As of February of this year, the AFT was representing teachers at 229 charter schools scattered across…

Source: Unionization of Charter Schools: Where the Movement Stands Now – Teacher Beat – Education Week