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Charter school curbs pass Assembly, but drama foretells compromise

Original post made on May 25, 2019

Legislation that would give local school districts more control over charter-school authorizations narrowly passed the California State Assembly Wednesday.

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Posted by Local family
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 25, 2019 at 1:14 pm

How are county homeschool charters affected by this? Given that a lot of the students are often those poorly served by schools whose parents find that school boards are in fact TOO powerful and not that interested in improving or serving everyone (PAUSD) - gifted, 2e, highly creative, special needs, health issues, etc - having homeschool charters allows families recourse their students need, and they save districts from costly lawsuits and frankly, costly students they clearly don't want. Usually families leave only after trying to make things work with schools and even trying to improve them - leaving is usually the last resort in order.

School board control is not the same as local control, since school boards are uniquely insular as governmental bodies. If there were an independent office of ombudsman who represented the interests of students, that would be a start.

If it does affect homeschool charters, I hope the homeschoolers finally organize and force California to finally provide something even remotely like parity in education for independent learners, as the law requires, so that families of high-risk students don't feel that their only choice is leaving without any of the public educational parity the state Constitution ostensibly promises.

California once allowed people to take their per-student money and choose a private school. Interestingly, we had much more highly ranked schools then. It didn't hurt the quality of the schools, and a lot of parents whose kids were privately education chose not to use it. But independent study charters are the only way homeschoolers can engage in a public education with some resources (albeit inferior to what is provided in school).

There are currently more homeschool students that students in brick and mortar charters nationally. You would think if the was about oversight, they might not be trying to hard to push the homeschool students away.


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Posted by Cover-up Culture
a resident of Community Center
on May 26, 2019 at 12:27 pm

This a a teacher's UNION issue trying to eliminate NON UNION competition, in charters. Greed, pure and simple.


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Posted by Jane Gill
a resident of Menlo Park
on May 26, 2019 at 12:50 pm

When Democrats have to choose between supporting teacher unions or doing what’s best to aid student learning, they’ll invariably go with the former.


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Posted by regulation for protection
a resident of Woodside
on May 26, 2019 at 1:43 pm

Forbes reported last month that out of $4 billion in charter school funding, over $1 billion was involved in waste and fraud. Web Link

A billion taxpayer dollars.

No thanks.


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Posted by Cover-up Culture
a resident of Community Center
on May 26, 2019 at 11:08 pm

And how much money was wasted in traditional public schools...flat academic performance for years and many multiples increased spending....

UNIONS trying to eliminate competition by shutting down NON UNION charters. If UNION public schools were so great, there would be no reason anyone would send their child to a charter school. But they do...and giving parents choice to find the best environment for their child is important, and btw union sympathizers, it is a free country and it's our public tax dollar!!


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Posted by SRB
a resident of Mountain View
on May 27, 2019 at 8:51 am

If you want to gauge the influence of the Charter School Lobby on the State legislature look no further then our AD24 rep.

Why did Assembly Member Marc Berman not register a vote on AB1505? Maybe because he's still indebted to the Edvoice PAC that flooded his 2016 campaign with money and littered our mailboxes ?
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Posted by regulation for protection
a resident of Woodside
on May 27, 2019 at 8:55 am

>>> And how much money was wasted in traditional public schools

What-about-ism at it's finest.

You don't care that about a billion taxpayer dollars are lost to waste and fraud, as long as you get to rail about school teachers and other perceived boogiemen and women.

again: Forbes reported last month that out of $4 billion in charter school funding, over $1 billion was involved in waste and fraud.

Stronger regulations on charters. Ignore the whatabouters who have axes to grind elsewhere. This thread is about charter regulation.


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Posted by The Public Interest
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on May 27, 2019 at 10:22 pm

There’s nothing progressive about strangling charter schools.
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Posted by Cover-up Culture
a resident of Community Center
on May 27, 2019 at 10:27 pm

Too bad you don't care about our kids. Kids deserve an environment in which they can learn, and traditional public schools in EPA have not performed.


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Posted by Wishful thinking
a resident of Barron Park
on May 27, 2019 at 10:43 pm

The union, casting the impasse as “a struggle over the future of public education,” has taken direct aim at the charters, largely non-union, which enroll about 1 in 5 of all L.A. public school students. The union wants a cap on their growth, along with stricter regulation. Trotted out is the now-familiar and phony trope about charters “draining” or “siphoning” money from public schools. Charters are public schools. In California, they are operated by nonprofit organizations, and the money they receive is public per-pupil funding that follows students. It is not the district’s money, nor the union’s money; it is the students’ money. In Los Angeles, 88 percent of these students are Latino and black, and 82 percent are low-income. A 2015 Stanford University study found that students at charters in Southern California are learning more than their counterparts in traditional public schools. No question that charters must be held accountable, as all schools should be. But whose interest would be served by capping their growth and inhibiting their operations? Not the children’s.


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Posted by Innovation
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jun 2, 2019 at 6:45 am

There is no justification for a government monopoly in education. It stifles progress, innovation and harms the customer (children) in benefit of the monopoly (Union).

Think of the children.


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Posted by Curmudgeon
a resident of Downtown North
on Jun 2, 2019 at 11:24 pm

"If it does affect homeschool charters, I hope the homeschoolers finally organize and force California to finally provide something even remotely like parity in education for independent learners, ..."

Easy in theory. Just get the kids smarter parents to teach them.


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