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Morning Read: Charter School Boom

Samantha Oltman | January 18, 2013

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Parents Demand Charter in LAUSD’s First Parent Trigger Campaign
A high-spirited group of nearly 100 parents descended on the Los Angeles Unified district office Thursday and turned in petitions demanding sweeping changes at their failing school in the first use of the controversial parent trigger law in the city.  LA Times
See also: LA Daily News, KPCC, ABC LA, LA School Report

Charter Schools See Largest Boom Since Their Inception 20 Years Ago
Charter schools across the United States are proliferating and expanding at a record pace, with the trend particularly pronounced in California and Los Angeles County. LA Daily News

California Schools Asked to Put Moratorium on Controversial Bonds
State’s treasurer and schools chief ask districts to avoid capital appreciation bonds until governor and lawmakers can weigh proposals to restrict their use. LA Times

L.A. County’s Teen Court Aims to Put Kids Back on Right Path
Van Nuys High hosts one of 18 Teen Court programs operating in Los Angeles County, where students hear the cases of first-time juvenile offenders accused of nonviolent misdemeanors like petty theft, tagging and drug possession. LA Daily News

Green Dot Charter Group to Reorganize Locke High
In a move to address the slumping academic performance of incoming ninth-grade students, charter school operator Green Dot Public School is proposing to reorganize Locke High School in Watts. LA Times
See also: LA School Report

Older School Systems Will Support New Computer-Adaptive Testing
There has been growing concern among officials in California – as well as other cash-strapped states – that the existing array of computers being used in districts may not have the hardware or operating systems to properly administer sophisticated tests. SI&A Cabinet Report

Legislative Leaders Assert Role in Shaping School Finance Plan
Gov. Jerry Brown hasn’t yet presented the substance of his plan to reform K-12 school finance, but already he’s in a disagreement with the Legislature over its form. EdSource

Crush of Education Laws Await Renewal in Congress
The new, still-divided Congress that took office this month faces a lengthy list of education policy legislation that is either overdue for renewal or will be soon, in a political landscape that remains consumed with fiscal issues. EdWeek

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