“Special Education in California Charter Schools: All Students Welcome,” a new report by CCSA, challenges the notion that charter public schools serve fewer students with disabilities than traditional schools. Read the report and get the facts!
An L.A. music education advocate, a grassroots power couple from Redwood City and others were honored at CCSA’s 22nd annual conference in Sacramento. Read the announcement and find out more about some of the most inspiring leaders in the California charter school community.
Congratulations and thank you to all of the charter school families who contacted your state representatives, urging them to support two new legislative bills that support charter school facilities and blended learning programs. Both AB 1198 (Dababneh) and AB 1426 (Levine) recently passed out of the Assembly Education Committee and will move forward in the legislative process. The charter community will continue to rally around legislation like this that will enrich the educational experience of the more than 550,000 California charter students.
Every public school graduate in Richmond will qualify for between $1,000 and $4,000 in college tuition aid. It’s called the “Richmond Promise” and it’s a great idea, except that it excludes students who choose to attend charter schools. Charter families are deeply upset. And they’re doing something about it.
“Charter schools are being demonized,” charter mom Tana Monteiro told the West Contra Costa Times. “The kids who go to charter schools are Richmond kids, and many are poor and need that money…”
Charter school parents are coming out in full force to a series of community meetings with city officials, urging them to provide all public school students with the financial help they need to go to college. Bravo to charter supporters for speaking out and demanding equity for all kids.
Earlier this year, parents gathered in front of the Washington Unified School District Board of Trustees to tell their stories and ask for approval for the new Lighthouse Charter School in West Sacramento. They were thrilled when the board approved the school.
But then the real work began: telling the rest of the community about the school, so that parents knew there was a new educational option for their kids. Since then, parents have been volunteering to spread the word, visiting food truck events, helping to build a new park, talking to folks at the local farmer’s market, passing out flyers, and knocking on doors. There’s nothing quite like the energy of parents starting a school from the ground up!
Charter school parents and graduates from across Los Angeles held a press conference this week demanding great public schools in every zip code. Standing on the steps of L.A. Unified headquarters, charter families shared poignant tales of how charter schools have changed their lives, including students with special needs who were neglected at other schools. In English and Spanish, charter families called on the school board to put politics aside and expand schools that are working so that every neighborhood has great schools. It was a powerful event that yielded media coverage in LA School Report and La Opinion. Charter families in L.A. will continue to advocate for great school options for all students!