Charter schools accused of stealing $50M from California

U.S. 05/29/19, 19:14

A network of charter schools in California stole more than $50 million from the state by creating phantom institutions that enrolled unwitting students it found through other schools and youth programs, prosecutors said Wednesday.A3 Education recruited small public school districts to sponsor the charter schools in exchange for oversight fees. ...

Teachers rally as California lawmakers limit charter schools

U.S. 05/22/19, 20:16

California lawmakers have narrowly advanced a teacher-backed measure that would give local school districts more power to reject charter schools.The Assembly acted Wednesday as teachers rallied at the state Capitol. They're calling for more money for public education as part of a statewide day of action.The California Teachers Association is ...

GOP plan boosts Indiana schools by 2.5% over next 2 years

Sports 04/23/19, 18:09

Top Indiana Republicans are touting their state budget plan that increases base school funding by 2.5% percent each of the next two years as making strides toward improving teacher pay.Gov. Eric Holcomb joined GOP legislative leaders Tuesday and announced a budget deal that's expected to be approved Wednesday as this ...

California to require more transparency from charter schools

U.S. 02/28/19, 16:16

California's 1,300 charter schools will soon face stricter transparency requirements under legislation pushed by Gov. Gavin Newsom.State lawmakers sent Newsom, a Democrat, the bill Thursday, on the sixth day of a teachers strike in Oakland, the second major teachers strike for California this year.California law has until now been unclear ...

Round 2 of teacher strikes looks beyond pay and funding

U.S. 02/22/19, 13:01

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 places has moved beyond pay to politics, tackling issues like charter schools and vouchers. Call it round two of ...

Contract that ended LA teacher strike gets final approval

U.S. 01/29/19, 21:01

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 votes by the Los Angeles Unified School ...

Update: LA school board passes charter-limit resolution

U.S. 01/29/19, 20:11

The Latest on a vote by the Los Angeles school board on a new teacher contract (all times local):5:15 p.m.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 ...

No talks scheduled as LA teacher strike enters day 3

U.S. 01/16/19, 01:26

Los Angeles school administrators urged the union to resume bargaining as tens of thousands of teachers planned to walk picket lines for a third day Wednesday, after being joined on strike for the first time by some of their counterparts from independent charter schools."We need our educators back in our ...

Update: Charter school teachers join Los Angeles strike

U.S. 01/15/19, 16:10

The Latest on the Los Angeles teachers strike (all times local):1:10 p.m.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 ...

Walmart heirs promote charter schools among black community

U.S. 12/24/18, 10:54

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.The Walton family, as the leading supporters of America's charter school movement, is spreading its financial support ...

Teachers union: Tentative deal to end charter schools strike

U.S. 12/09/18, 18:31

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.The Chicago Teachers Union said more than 500 teachers will return to classes Monday at Acero's ...

Chicago charter school network seeks order to end strike

U.S. 12/08/18, 10:39

A Chicago charter school network is seeking help in halting a teachers' strike for much of the past week.Educators with Acero charter schools strike outside the Veterans Memorial Charter School Campus, Tuesday, Dec. (Tyler LaRiviere/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)From left to right, Kathryn Schoedel, a teacher at Ziumbo Elementary School, Lindsay ...

Union: Chicago teachers stage 1st US charter school strike

U.S. 12/04/18, 11:48

Union leaders say teachers employed by a Chicago charter school network are staging the first strike at any of the privately run, taxpayer-funded schools in the U.S.Educators with Acero charter schools strike outside the Veterans Memorial Charter School Campus, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018, in Chicago. Hundreds of teachers have gone ...

Washington Supreme Court upholds most of charter school law

U.S. 10/25/18, 10:49

The Washington Supreme Court upheld most of the state's charter school law Thursday, eliminating the specter that a dozen schools serving about 3,400 students might have to close.Teachers unions, civil rights groups and others had challenged the charter school law, arguing that using public money to operate alternative, nonprofit charter ...

California schools race sets record for most expensive

California 10/23/18, 08:53

California is again recording the most expensive state superintendent election in history, with a cast of billionaires who are outspending the teacher unions in support of a former charter schools executive.The California State Superintendent of Public Instruction is a non-partisan office that this time features two Democrats vying for the ...

Diddy pledges $1 million to new Bronx charter school

Entertainment 10/23/18, 05:05

Sean "Diddy" Combs has pledged $1 million to a network of charter schools for a new location in the Bronx.Capital Preparatory Schools has been approved to open the school in September with 160 6th- and 7th-graders. The goal is to expand to 650 students in grades six through 11 over ...

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