Los Angeles students among winners of CCSA scholarships
Three Los Angeles charter school students were among the winners of $2,000 scholarships awarded at the 23rd Annual California Charter Schools Conference this week. The 10 recipients of the Susan Steelman Bragato Scholarship Award have “a passion for community service and for reaching their educational dreams,” the California Charters Schools Association (CCSA), which hosted the...
By Craig Clough | March 18, 2016
CCSA honors LA schools and charter leaders with Hart Awards
The California Charter Schools Association handed out nine Hart Vision Awards Tuesday at the 23rd Annual California Charter Schools Conference, and five of them were given to schools or leaders from the Los Angeles area. Among the winners at the event, which is taking place Monday through Thursday at the Long Beach Convention Center, was The CHIME Institute for Charter...
By Craig Clough | March 16, 2016
Report: California is 15th friendliest state for charter schools
As educators from around the state head to Long Beach next week for the 23rd annual California Charter Schools Conference, California is holding steady in its friendliness to charter schools, says a January report from the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools (NAPCS), a pro-charter advocacy group that releases an annual study of state-level policies. The survey...
By Matt Barnum | March 11, 2016
Charter operators say district has turned up the heat
*UPDATED A number of charter school operators across LA Unified say the district and its school board are turning up the heat on them to an unbearable degree while using the Charter Schools Division and Office of Inspector General to make approval and renewals of charter schools increasingly difficult. They claim there has been an increase...
By Craig Clough | February 9, 2016
Outside groups disappointed over LA Unified’s search process
Sure, they can go to any of the community meetings. Sure, they can fill out a survey online. But, ultimately, outside groups say they want a seat at the table when deciding the next LA Unified school superintendent. At a special session after a closed session on Tuesday, the school board voted against a proposal...
By Mike Szymanski | October 29, 2015
Cortines praises ‘stellar’ performance of LAUSD’s magnets on tests
LA Unified Superintendent Ramon Cortines is praising the high performance of the district’s magnet schools on on the recent Smarter Balanced standardized tests, which based on a district analysis shows 65 percent of them scoring higher than the state average in English language arts and 56 percent of them scoring higher than average in math. “The performance...
By Craig Clough | September 24, 2015
Zimmer accuses Broad charter plan of strategy to ‘bring down’ LAUSD
Steve Zimmer, president of the LA Unified school board, said today that plans by Eli Broad and other philanthropists to expand the number of charter schools in the district represents “a strategy to bring down LAUSD that leaves 250,000 kids vulnerable to damage.” A draft report of the plan appears show how the organizations involved...
By Michael Janofsky | September 22, 2015
Charter group: LAUSD’s independent charters outperform district schools
Students from LA Unified’s independent charter schools outperformed their counterparts at traditional schools on the recent Smarter Balanced standardized tests in the number meeting and exceeding standards, according to a new analysis by the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA). The charter group found that the charter students scored nine percentage points higher in English language...
By Craig Clough | September 18, 2015
Charter schools nearly even with LA Unified schools on state tests
* UPDATED This one is sure to spark some discussion around LA Unified water coolers tomorrow: Independent charter schools in the district scored almost even with traditional and affiliated charters on the new California Assessment of Student Progress and Performance (CAASPP) tests. The results of the new Common Core-aligned tests, which were released today, show that...
By Craig Clough | September 9, 2015
CCSA: Waiting list for CA charter schools hits record high
More than 158,000 students are currently on waiting lists to get into charter schools in the state, according to an estimate released by the California Charter Schools Association. The number is a record high. “Evidence over the past five years argues that the public has never been more supportive of charter public schools than they...
By Craig Clough | May 5, 2015