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SB 808 would rein in charter schools

22 April 2017, 01:09 | Bernard Bryant

Critics say charter bill shortchanges school districts

School Board votes for charter

The bill known as Senate Bill 808 got a burst of support Tuesday from the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education, which voted 4-3 in favor of a resolution supporting the bill plus two others that charter advocates consider anti-charter.

The School Board approved the $42,840,628 plan, up 2.72 percent over that of the current year, at a special meeting.

At the same time the Shakopee School District is reviewing how an unanticipated $4.5 million budget deficit came to be, the school board responsible for district oversight is now looking into the overall organizational health of the district.

Thayer urged her fellow school board members to extend the school's charter for two years to see if they could improve the school's performance.

Hamilton County hasn't raised taxes for schools in 12 years. On Thursday, they made a decision to table the vote. "It has been on a downward trend.since the first year", he said.

The board also renewed a contract with Clayton for the next four years.

Last year, Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a bill similar to AB 1478 by saying the proposed law went "too far in prescribing how these boards must operate".

By law, school districts are now required to use electronic ballot marking devices, which will be provided and operated by the Board of Elections. Sarah Angel, managing director of regional advocacy for the California Charter Schools Association, said, "We were thrilled that Senator Mendoza met with charter parents and heard their concerns". For those parents who had to work or otherwise needed to send their younger children on the early bus run, there would be "before-school" care and supervision provided, and a code of student conduct for all those riding the bus. "We have to be sensitive to the realities that shaped operators not being able to sustain the work". "All that remains are commonsense policies that meet the needs of both charter schools and traditional public schools".

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Superintendent of Schools Stephen C. Cochrane said Wednesday that one of the teachers would be assigned to Community Park Elementary School, while he has not decided where the other one will go.

But Angel said she was disappointed about the school board vote.

Members of the panel questioned Covenant Keepers education board members Noland Buckley and Caron Lott-Dunn about their knowledge of the school, its operations and its finances.The school's board is separate from the City of Fire board.

Another member of Ragsdale's executive cabinet, Deputy Superintendent John Adams, refuted another accusation that the Cobb School District did not provide enough human resources support to help the charter school maximize its funding.

That lack of clarity has suddenly started to matter a lot in Memphis, where charter schools are struggling to attract enough students to stay viable.

Cindy Smith, the Education Department's coordinator of fiscal services, said the year-end balances are likely to be smaller than Tatum's estimate but not in the negative. As you can see, the academic achievement is not present. The superintendent recommended opening school choice only to IAS students.

One of the candidates seeking to fill Ratliff's seat, Kelly Gonez, who teaches at a charter middle school in South Los Angeles, said she would not have supported the resolution and she regretted the board's vote.

The charter school, at 108 W. Roosevelt Road in Little Rock, serves about 150 students in kindergarten through sixth grade. Instead, Adams said the charter school's leadership incorrectly reported employee information that affected how much money the state gave the charter school. In those cases, school officials have found that their costs for computerized classes are at least half what they pay in tuition to cyber schools, Barrick said.

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