NEWS ABOUT CHARTERS
Community of Peace, St. Paul, is holding its 5th Annual Signature Fundraising Event (Social and Silent Auction) at Metropolitan State University on Saturday, March 7th.
CHARTERS IN THE NEWS
Lakes International Language Academy, Forest Lake – Sixth graders at the school recently celebrated being halfway to High School Graduation. As part of the celebration students dressed as the professionals they are considering as careers. – Pioneer Press – 2/8/2015
Laura Jeffrey Academy, St. Paul – 7th grader Julia Nichols was recently recognized with the 2015 Donaldson Science Award at the Science Museum of Minnesota. The $200 award also includes a one-year membership to the Science Museum, is given annually to a minority middle or high school for their involvement in science. Julia was recognized for her science projects in 5th and 6th grade. – Highland Villager – 2/18/2015
CHARTER NEWS FROM OTHER STATES
Illinois – Governor Rauner has proposed lifting the cap on the number of charter schools in the state.
Maryland - Governor Hogan has introduced legislation to allow more charter schools, greater autonomy and increased funding.
New York - Governor Cuomo has proposed raising the cap on the number of charter schools by 100 to 560 schools … The New York City Council Education Chairman has asked all 197 charters in the city to submit copies of board minutes and fraud protection policies and submit to an examination by the city’s Conflict of Interest board of the relationship between charter school board members and developers, following a report that found $28 million in questionable spending.
Washington D.C. – The Public Charter School Board has requested the city council adopt legislation to require more transparency about charter school management corporations, given a recent report on the salaries of charter management executives and school leaders.
New Jersey – A bill has been introduced in the legislature to place charter schools under the salary caps that apply to traditional school districts.
West Virginia – Democrats in the State Senate blocked a bill to allow county school boards to form charter schools.
Alabama – The legislature is considering a bill that would allow charter schools – it is one of only 7 states that does not have charter legislation.
Sources: Education Week & The CER Daily Media Clips