FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A lottery admissions system might be introduced for a charter school under construction in Flint due to a high interest in enrollment, a school official said.
Arizona Senate backs charter oversight legislation
PHOENIX (AP) — Republicans in the Arizona Senate voted Thursday to impose new rules in charter schools over the objections of Democrats who said the legislation doesn't do enough to end...
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis charter school that falsified its attendance records will close at the end of the school year.
The closing of St. Louis College Prep comes after State Auditor...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Teachers at the only unionized charter school in Washington, D.C., say the charter network is closing the school as retaliation against their unionization efforts.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia is poised to return to the center stage of a national wave of teacher unrest as lawmakers go into overtime to debate pay raises and other measures that...
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee school district is moving more than 60 students from a Nashville charter school because of overcrowding.
California to require more transparency from charter schools
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's 1,300 charter schools will soon face stricter transparency requirements under legislation pushed by Gov. Gavin Newsom.
Panel supports Little Rock charter system’s expansion plan
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas education panel has approved a plan for a Little Rock-area charter school system to expand into Springdale.
Round 2 of teacher strikes looks beyond pay and funding
Teachers in Oakland, California, hit the picket lines just as West Virginia teachers went back to class in a kind of coast-to-coast tag-team display of the national teacher unrest that in many...
Moratorium on new charter schools passes first hurdle
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — No new charter schools would be allowed to open in New Mexico until 2022 under a proposal that cleared its first legislative hurdle Wednesday, an indication that New...
Bills aim to create housing vouchers for Hawaii teachers
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Two proposed bills are intended at creating a housing voucher program for full-time teachers employed by the Hawaii Department of Education or at public charter...
State finds several problems with local charter school
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island Department of Education says the state's second-oldest charter school is failing to provide rigorous science courses among other shortcomings.
West Virginia House OKs bill fought by teachers’ unions
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A multi-pronged education bill opposed by West Virginia teachers' unions passed the House of Delegates on Thursday after lengthy debate.
The House voted 71-29 to endorse a watered down version of the bill passed last week by the Senate.
4 groups seek final charter school slot in Maine
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — State officials say four groups are vying for the last charter school slot available in Maine.
The Portland Press Herald reports the groups identified Tuesday are the Ecology Learning Center, Inspire ME Academy, Sheffwood Academy and Umbrella Preschool.
The Ecology Learner Center would be a high school of fewer than 100 students in Montville.
Dozens speak against education bill in West Virginia
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Dozens of speakers crammed two public hearings Monday to speak against a complex education bill in West Virginia that teachers unions claim is retaliation for a nine-day strike last year.
Teachers, parents, education and union officials, and students were given 70 seconds each to address the bill during separate hearings Monday in the House of Delegates chambers.
Reviews mixed of bill that would expand charter schools
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Some parents are praising legislation that would expand charter schools in Missouri, while administrators for traditional public schools are raising concerns that they will drain resources.
New Orleans devises new rules for school buses
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans City Council has agreed to new rules for bus companies that serve the city's charter schools.
The council approved rules Thursday proposed by Mayor LaToya Cantrell's administration that are aimed at correcting problems officials recently found on some buses that they said threatened children's safety, The New Orleans Advocate reported.
Mississippi charter school agency hires new leader
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The agency that oversees Mississippi's charter schools is hiring a new executive director.
Charter School Authorizer Board Chairman Quentin Ransburg announced Thursday that the board is hiring Lisa Karmacharya.
Ransburg says the board voted Jan. 22 to offer the job to Karmacharya. She will be paid $113,000 annually.
The Latest: Polis confident of full-day kindergarten funding
DENVER (AP) — The Latest on Gov. Jared Polis' presentation on offering full-day kindergarten in Colorado schools (all times local):
Gov. Jared Polis says he's confident the state can ensure full-day kindergarten funding in the years ahead.
Polis told the Joint Education Committee on Wednesday that saving reserve funds for schools, higher local property taxes and dedicated work by legislators will ensure that instituting full-day funding won't be a temporary experiment.
Contract that ended LA teacher strike gets final approval
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The board of the nation's second-largest school district gave final approval Tuesday to a contract that ended a six-day teacher strike and provided another concession to Los Angeles educators by asking California to halt new charter schools until their effect can be studied.
The Latest: LA school board passes charter-limit resolution
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on a vote by the Los Angeles school board on a new teacher contract (all times local):
The Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education has approved a resolution asking the state to put new charter schools on hold while the state studies their effects.
The board approved the resolution 5-1 Tuesday after unanimously ratifying a new contract for teachers that ended a six-day strike.
Family of 14-year-old girl killed in Cleveland sues school
CLEVELAND (AP) — The parents of a 14-year-old Ohio girl killed two years ago after she left home for school have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the operators of the charter school.
The lawsuit says the school in Cleveland failed to alert the girl's mother after she didn't show up to school the day she was kidnapped and killed.
Alianna DeFreeze's mother didn't report her missing until she didn't come home from school that day.
Deal ends strike against LA-area charter school operator
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A tentative settlement has ended an eight-day strike by teachers against a Los Angeles-area charter school operator.
The agreement reached over the weekend is sending teachers back to classrooms Monday at The Accelerated Schools, which operates three schools with 1,850 students.
The teachers struck the charter school operator during the larger strike by teachers against the Los Angeles Unified School District, which ended last week.
The Latest: Legislature rejects cap on charter schools
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on developments at the New Mexico Legislature (all times local):
Advocates for charter school education are breathing a sigh of relief after lawmakers rejected a statewide cap on student enrollment at autonomous public schools in New Mexico.
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As proponents rally, Mississippi school choice outlook murky
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — It's unclear whether Mississippi lawmakers will seek to expand charter schools or public subsidies for private schools in the current legislative session, even as proponents held a rally Tuesday to press for action.
The Latest: Charter school advocates protest enrollment cap
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on activity in the New Mexico Legislature (all times local):
Advocates for charter schools in New Mexico are criticizing a bill to increase state educational funding that would place a cap student enrollment at autonomous public schools for one year.
Ducey names ex-legislator Ruiz to state Board of Education
PHOENIX (AP) — A charter school operator who formerly was an Arizona legislator has been appointed to the state Board of Education.
Gov. Doug Ducey's office said Thursday that Armando Ruiz will replace Jared Taylor as the public member on the board.
After serving in the Arizona House and Senate in 1981, Ruiz was a policy aide to Gov. Fife Symington and he founded a company that operates three charter schools.
Charter school educators back striking Los Angeles teachers
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles school administrators urged the union to resume bargaining as thousands of teachers walked picket lines for a second day Tuesday, joined for the first time by some of their counterparts from independent charter schools.
The Latest: Charter school teachers join Los Angeles strike
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the Los Angeles teachers strike (all times local):
Some charter school educators have joined their public school counterparts on picket lines on the second day of a teachers strike in Los Angeles.
Thousands of teachers marched through downtown streets again Tuesday, demanding higher pay, lower class sizes and more support staff. It's the first strike in 30 years against the nation's second largest school district.
Study: Fewer underprivileged students at charter schools
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada's charter schools have grown in popularity but fall short when it comes to serving more vulnerable students, a new study says.
Students getting clear bags after boy brings gun to school
FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Students at a Michigan charter school are getting clear book bags after a 10-year-old boy allegedly took a loaded handgun to school.
Eagle's Nest Academy in Flint planned to distribute the bags Monday. Parents are encouraged to check their children's belongings.
Charter school named after Dolores Huerta to fight closure
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Officials for a New Mexico charter school named after Dolores Huerta plan to appeal the state's decision to close the school.
Report: More than 100 Arizona charter schools could close
PHOENIX (AP) — More than 100 of the 544 charter schools in Arizona are in danger of closing because of excessive debt and other financial troubles, according to a recent report.
Self-described centrist think tank Grand Canyon Institute found that 105 charter schools in the state were losing more than $400 per student, per year.
Ex-high school coach charged with sexually assaulting girls
CHICAGO (AP) — Sexual assault charges have been filed against a former Chicago charter school basketball coach accused of molesting two underage female team members.
Cook County prosecutors say Jamel Helaire-Jones had sexual contact on multiple occasions with the two girls, aged 17 and 14 to 15.
Assistant State's Attorney Nancee Hofheimer said Wednesday the 34-year-old Helaire-Jones initiated the sex acts in his car and at Legal Prep Charter Academy, including in the gymnasium and locker room.
2 ex-employees of closed Goodyear school indicted for fraud
PHOENIX (AP) — Authorities say two former employees of a closed charter school in Goodyear have been indicted for fraud.
The Arizona Attorney General's Office says a state grand jury has indicted Harold Cadiz and Joann Vega for their alleged roles in the fraud case.
Prosecutors say the $2.2 million fraud involved the use of fake students at the Bradley Academy of Excellence that closed its doors last January.
New Mexico school named after Dolores Huerta faces closure
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico charter school named after civil rights leader Dolores Huerta is facing closure over poor performance.
State awards funding for school bus purchases
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Twenty-one Arizona school districts and one charter school will receive state funding to buy diesel and alternative fuel school buses, in the latest distribution of money from a settlement with Volkswagen for modifying vehicles to cheat on emissions tests and deceiving customers.
Gov. Doug Ducey's office announced Friday the distribution of $8.4 million for 76 buses, including $3.5 million to Tucson Unified School District for 35 buses.
Walmart heirs’ money influences black charter schools debate
Amid fierce debate over whether charter schools are good for black students, the heirs to the Walmart company fortune have been working to make inroads with advocates and influential leaders in the black community.
Report: Charter school cash spent on Connecticut elections
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Wealthy individuals with ties to charters schools, including many from outside of Connecticut, have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to influence the state's recent elections, according to a new report compiled by two public policy advocacy organizations.
State OKs charter school system takeover of 4 public schools
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama state Superintendent Eric Mackey says the Montgomery Education Foundation will be allowed to open the county's first charter school system and take over four area public schools.
New Mexico charter school gets money for students who left
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A charter school in New Mexico that teaches students remotely by phone and internet is receiving public funding for hundreds of students who no longer are enrolled, amid attempts by state education officials to close to the school.
No resolution yet, in charter school desegregation case
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal appeals court is returning a dispute over a Louisiana charter school back to a district court, leaving open questions about how the 2-year-old school is affected by a 51-year-old desegregation order.
Washoe board votes to close Nevada’s oldest charter school
RENO, Nev. (AP) — The Washoe County School Board has voted to close the state's first charter school at the end of the school year.
The Reno Gazette-Journal reported on its web site Wednesday the school board voted Tuesday night to close I Can Do Anything Charter High School.
The school with 197 students was created in south Reno in 1998.
State approves new charter school despite business questions
PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona State Board for Charter Schools has approved a new charter despite several questions surrounding it.
The board voted Monday to grant a charter to Valor Preparatory Academy LLC, a school owned by CEO Damian Creamer's Primavera Technical Learning Center, The Arizona Republic reported .
Teachers union: Tentative deal to end charter schools strike
CHICAGO (AP) — The nation's first teachers' strike against a charter school operator will end after their union and management struck a tentative deal Sunday that includes protections for students and immigrant families living in the country illegally.
Chicago charter school network seeks order to end strike
CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago charter school network is seeking help in halting a teachers' strike for much of the past week.