The National Charter School Resource Center hosted a webinar November 16, 2011, which focused on implementation of the Common Core State Standards in charter schools. Readers can view the webinar chapters and download various resources.
Cape Fear Business
The N.C. Alliance for Public Charter Schools unanimously elected two new directors and made a number of structural changes at the December meeting of its board of directors. Wilmington resident Baker Mitchell, founder of Charter Day School in Leland and Columbus Charter School in Whiteville, is one of the two new directors and will serve as secretary. The other new director is Dave Faunce, a CPA and founder of two charter schools, who will serve as treasurer. The Alliance’s volunteer board of directors now has over a half-century of combined charter school experience and has responsibility for educating 15% of charter students in North Carolina.
Lisa Rab, Broward/Palm Beach New Times
In Florida, at least $20 million of the $700 million "Race to the Top" grant the state received last year will be used to open "high performing" charters in poor neighborhoods. The Florida Charter School Growth Fund, partnering with the state, says it will use the "Race to the Top" money to open 30 new charter schools serving 15,000 students.
Travis Andersen and Christopher J. Girard, Boston Globe
Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino has appointed the founder of a Dorchester charter school to the School Committee, in the latest signal of warming relations between Menino and the independently run institutions. The appointee, Meg Campbell, is founder and executive director of the Codman Academy Charter Public School. The school has been noted for its good track record for college admissions...
Sarah Janssen of The News-Sentine
For Fort Wayne Urban League President Jonathan Ray, now the hard work begins. Ray said that with the approval of the Urban League's proposed charter school, his top priority is finding a strong leader for the school, which supports the Urban League's goal of educating all students regardless of race and economic status.
JOE NOCERA, New York Times
Central Falls, R.I., is a speck of a city, one square mile of triple-decker houses and tired storefronts a few miles up the road from the state capital, Providence. It is the poorest city in Rhode Island...Central Falls, though, also has one of the most promising reading experiments in the country. The Learning Community, a local charter school, and the Central Falls public elementary schools have joined forces in a collaboration that has resulted in dramatic improvements in the reading scores of the public schoolchildren from kindergarten to grade 2.
ROSEMARY SHINOHARA, McLatchy Tribune
The Alaska Native Cultural Charter School is grounded in Native values and activities; it strives to make students proud of their heritage. That's coupled with a strong academic program. The result: In just two years, scores for students' performance on statewide tests have risen significantly, in some cases dramatically. An impressive 95 percent of the school's third-graders reached proficiency on state reading tests in the 2010-2011 school year, compared to 59 percent in 2009.
Corinne Lestch, NY Daily News
The creators of a new charter school opening in the. Bronx couldn't be more different, but they have a shared vision: exposing underprivileged kids to international cultures through technology.