Assembly Passes Bill Giving Local School Districts Power To Deny Funds For Home SchoolingA major fight is brewing in Sacramento over the effect charter schools are having on public education. And caught up in that battle are people who educate their kids at home.
Oakland District's Deal With Teachers Includes Moratorium On Charter SchoolsThe Oakland Teacher's strike has come to an end, but not everyone is happy about it. One of the terms of the agreement was placing a moratorium on charter schools.
Race For California Schools Chief Among Most Expensive In CountryOne of California’s ballot races is attracting money not normally seen on a statewide level. Tens of millions of dollars are being spent on the race to determine who will head the state's public school system.
Charter School Backers Outspend Teachers In 2 California RacesIn the battle for the future of California's schools, charter school advocates are far outpacing teachers unions in spending to support candidates for governor and state schools chief.
Study Finds Oakland Charter Schools Cost District $57 Million A YearA report released Tuesday says that charter schools cost the Oakland Unified School District $57.3 million in funding every year that otherwise could be used to reduce class sizes and have more core services such as counseling and libraries.
Charter Schools Gain Unprecedented Popularity In California, Waiting Lists Nearly DoubleIf the waiting lists are any indication, charter schools are are more popular than ever before in California.
California Now Has Twice As Many Charter Schools As Any Other StateThe National Alliance for Public Charter Schools reported that 87 new charter schools opened in California thisschool year, more than in any other state. The new schools bring the number of charter institutions to 1,184. The states with the next highest number of charter schools, Florida and Arizona, have 653 and 623 each.
Phil Matier: California's Election Day Races With Nationwide InterestPhil Matier says educators nationwide are keeping an eye on California's state schools superintendent race because of the candidate the teacher's union has decided to endorse.
Oakland Charter School May Be Moved Near Parole OfficeAn East Bay high school is under scrutiny over plans to move to a location that could put kids in close contact with parolees and possibly sex offenders.
Phil Matier: Is Oakland Being Overrun With Charter Schools?An Oakland Unified School District board member has vowed to vote against any new charter schools despite the fact that, technically, she’s unable to.
Phil Matier: Oakland Board Votes To Close Top Charter SchoolsThe Oakland Unified School District voted 4-3 to close American Indian Model Schools, Wednesday night, despite pleas from parents and students who find its strict teaching and disciplinary style very effective.
Family Of 8-Year-Old Whose Mouth Was Duct Taped By Antioch Teacher Files ClaimThe family of an 8-year-old Northern California boy has filed a legal claim against a charter school accusing a teacher there of duct-taping his mouth in class.
Bay Area Charter School Receives Gates Foundation Grant For Classroom TechnologyA Silicon Valley-based charter school organization has received one of eight national grants for using technology to improve student learning.