Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Hope Charter School would hold classes three days a week from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. for instruction on the core subjects – mathematics and language arts.
An eastern Coachella Valley elementary school’s entire student body, composed of nearly 600 children, saw its standardized test scores thrown out this year after a third-grade teacher helped at least some of the kids in her class correct their answers, state documents show.
Leroy Greene Academy in Natomas was among 109 charter schools that opened in California this school year, pushing the number to more than 1,000 charters, according to the California Charter Schools Association.
Charter schools generally are organized by teachers, parents, community groups or nonprofits. The charters are granted by a school district, county office of education or the state for a fixed period of time, usually five years in California. They are exempt from most laws that apply to public schools but must meet student performance goals outlined in their charters.
The teachers union declined to sign the Los Angeles Unified School District's bid for a $40-million grant, a condition for the competition imposed by the federal education department.
Just when the battle between the San Francisco 49ers and South Bay schools was supposed to be over, the state of California has rejected a $30 million settlement that sought to split taxpayer funds between a football stadium and the classroom.
Substitute California for Texas and adjust the numbers for population differences and you get the same message. Our state funding for schools, never adequate and as inequitable as Texas’s, has shrunk as much in the past half dozen years.
The simplest advice that can keep elected officials and public officials out of trouble is campaign on your own dime and your own time. And when on the job or in an official capacity, educate, not advocate.
Days after venting his frustration that the Fresno Teachers Association hadn't signed a $37.3 million federal grant application, Fresno Unified Superintendent Michael Hanson sounded a conciliatory note Monday.
Stuck in a standoff with teachers unions, the San Francisco and Oakland school districts have abandoned efforts to bring in up to $15 million each to develop high-quality math classes for upper-elementary and middle school students.
Using data from state and federal reports, "Tipping the Scale Towards Equity" says that just giving school districts with high levels of poverty more money won't necessarily help students because of inequitable distribution of funds within districts.
What California needs is tax reform that would simplify the system, broaden the tax base and lower the rates while bringing in more revenue, if not in the short term then over time, as the economy grows. If that sort of reform is not possible, then the state ought to have a rainy day fund that forces legislators to set aside money in boom years to cushion the blow when the economy slows. But neither of those options is on the ballot this year.
Mixed messages about Gov. Jerry Brown's tax-hike initiative underscore his struggle pitching Prop. 30 to voters and have provided fodder for foes.