• Online School

    Report: California ‘wasting’ millions of dollars funding online charter schools

    “In a time when school districts everywhere face the heartbreak of knowing they cannot provide all the services their students need and deserve, it is critical that lawmakers act as conservative stewards of the state’s tax dollars by focusing funding on the schools where it can do the greatest good for the greatest number of the state’s students,” the report says. Charter schools are publicly funded but privately operated. About 10 percent of public school students in California attend charter schools — both brick-and-mortar and online. According to the report, nearly 175,000 California students in 2018-2019 were enrolled in online charter schools, representing 27 percent of all charter school students…

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    State investigation finds charter school lied about virtual status

    Another virtual charter school is being accused of defrauding the state, according to an Indiana State Board of Accounts investigation. The Indiana Agriculture and Technology School has been lying about operating as a “brick-and-mortar” school and improperly receiving thousands of dollars in state support while operating almost entirely online, according to the investigation. And, SBOA said, the school owes the state more than $300,000 from payments it received during the 2018-19 and 2019-20 school years. Robert Vane, a spokesperson for the school, disputed the report Friday, saying that the “findings and demands of the state with regards to our school are erroneous and unreasonable.” Want more school news? Sign up for Study Hall, IndyStar’s…

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    Arts charter school to present student costume designs online

    BETHLEHEM — Students of the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts Production Arts Department, will showcase their original designs from concept through construction in a virtual costume gallery event that will launch Friday.  A link to view the gallery will be posted on the school’s website, CharterArts.org, on Friday and will be available through the end of February, a press release said. More:Pocono Mountains Music Festival seeking high school students for virtual musical “Watching students put all of their separate learned skills together into this project has been a great affirmation for our Production Arts program,” said Rae Labadie, Charter Arts’ Artistic Director of Production Arts. Viewers will also…

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  • Education

    Yes, some charter schools do pick their students. It’s not a myth.

    This piece, which notes that at least one charter network conceded doing it, was written by Kevin Welner, director of the National Education Policy Center at the University of Colorado at Boulder. In a nutshell, Mathews contends that charters can’t pick their students, since applicants to over-enrolled schools are almost always chosen via lotteries. But the piece fails to address the truth that such lotteries involve just one small part of the enrollment process. Charter schools, like other businesses, have many different models for influencing the composition of their customers, and these approaches become more dominant (and creative) as the incentives to shape clientele become greater. For instance, one model…

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  • Education

    Letters to the Editor – Uplift Education students and graduates share their charter school experiences

    As policy experts and lobbyists bring their ideas for education reform to Austin this session, we thought lawmakers should hear directly from students themselves. We invited students at Uplift Education to write letters about their experiences at a charter school and what makes the program a success. They believe in me Since the age of 5, I have been attending Uplift Williams Preparatory and they have been nothing but welcoming and kind. Uplift has provided me with a sense of security and made me feel like I am home. Uplift has enriched my life because they believe in me and continuously encourage me to work hard toward my dreams. They…

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  • Education

    Arizona district, charter schools will lose millions in funding, education department says

    Arizona public district and charter schools will face a $266 million funding gap because the state funds distance learning at a lower rate than in-person learning. It’s a gap that only will be partially filled by federal money. The Arizona Department of Education released numbers this week showing how much schools will need to cut their budgets by for this school year. Mesa Public Schools, the largest district in the state, will see its budget cut by $16 million. Chandler Unified will lose $12 million. Tucson Unified will lose $11.9 million. School funding is calculated per student in Arizona. In June Gov. Doug Ducey made an executive order that declared distance learning equivalent…

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  • Education

    How a soccer club won a $1.2 million grant to open a charter school from DeVos’s Education Department

    Charter schools, a key feature of the “school choice” movement, are financed by the public but privately operated. About 6 percent of U.S. schoolchildren attend charter schools, with California having the most charter schools and the most charter students. Charters had bipartisan support for years, but a growing number of Democrats have pulled back from the movement, citing the fiscal impact on school districts and repeated scandals in the sector. Charter supporters say the 30-year-old movement offers important alternatives to traditional public schools, which educate the vast majority of U.S. students, and that the movement is still learning. Opponents say there is little public accountability over many charters and that…

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