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New charter schools to open this fall despite efforts to curb growth
By Micheal Burke, EdSource  ׀  July 12, 2019
It took Tiffany Gilmore 14 months, two failed petitions to the Moreno Valley school board and two appeals to the Riverside County Board of Education before she secured approval to open her charter school. The Garvey/Allen Visual and Performing Arts Academy which will open in August, will mix STEM and arts education and will prioritize closing the achievement gap between white and black students, as well as white and Latino students. ike Garvey/Allen Academy, there are several other charter schools across the state scheduled to open in the fall, including Sycamore Creek Community Charter School and the International School for Science and Culture — both in Orange County — as well as Imagine Schools Hemet in Riverside County. The four schools share a common element: They were rejected by their local school boards before ultimately being approved by their county offices of education, as permitted by the state’s 27-year-old charter school law. Read More

Governor's team jumps into fray over contested charter school bill AB 1505
By John Fensterwald, EdSource  ׀  July 9, 2019
After weeks of negotiation, Gov. Gavin Newsom has stepped in to scale back proposed legislation that charter school advocates feared would radically slow charter growth. On Wednesday, the Senate Education Committee passed Assembly Bill 1505, which included a substantial number of amendments that Newsom’s office submitted after numerous discussions between his advisers and representatives of charters schools, organized labor and the bill’s author, Assemblyman Patrick O’Donnell, D-Long Beach.  The bill was approved by a 4-3 vote. Changes still expected to reach compromise on charter school growth. Read More

Controversial Bill That Would Make Local Districts Sole Authorizes of Charter Schools Moves to a Public Hearing in the California Senate
By Noble Ingram, T74  ׀  July 8, 2019
A controversial charter school regulation moving through the California legislature will take its next step Wednesday when the state Senate Education Committee holds a public hearing that’s expected to draw crowds of supporters and opponents of the state’s large charter school sector. Assembly Bill 1505 would grant local districts sole authority to approve or deny petitions for charter schools, which are publicly funded but independently operated and are often seen as competition by local school districts. “I’m proud to co-author AB 1505, which will finally allow our local school boards to factor the financial, academic, and facilities impacts that charter schools will have on their districts,” state Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, said last week. Read more




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