County Commissioners meet with Board of Education about budget

L.A. School Board Puts Money And Lobbying Muscle Behind State Bills Drafted To Shackle Charter Schools

But including early-exit penalties can have unintended consequences, said William Haft, a vice president with the National Association of Charter School Authorizers, which has worked with both the ASD and Shelby County Schools to improve charter oversight.

The unanimous decision goes against Superintendent Dr. Henderson Lewis Jr.'s recommendation.

The Hamilton County Board of Education is meeting tonight and will vote on the budget for this upcoming fiscal year.

Most charter schools are new starts, but the bulk of the ASD's charters are in existing schools that have struggled for years.

"There should be stipulations that say reasons why you cannot pull out of a school... and under enrollment is one of them", Jones wrote on Facebook.

Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia) would help avoid this scenario by allowing the local authorizer, the locally elected school board, to determine what is best in the local district. Those schools include: Esperanza Charter School and Lafayette Charter School of New Orleans, operated by Choice Foundation; Sci Academy, operated by Collegiate Academy; Arthur Ashe Charter School, Samuel J. Green Charter School, Langston Hughes Academy and Phyllis Wheatley Community School, operated by First Line Schools; and Edgar P. Harney, operated by Spirit of Excellence Academy. I have nothing to do with the board.

"If they're walking away, if they're withdrawing from this commitment, then they've probably got a good reason to doing it", Haft said. State law doesn't provide for that classification for charter schools, he said.

A total of 50.896 percent of students scored at proficient this past spring on state tests, up from 42.986 percent of students in 2015, according to information provided by the charter school.

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"It would be insensitive for us to ignore what they've been dealing with to the detriment of their finances", White said, adding the ASD plans to scrutinize enrollment projections more closely.

Despite their pleas, the board voted 6 to 1 to not renew the charter.

"Even though it wasn't Cobb's job, we provided as much support as we could", he said.

Contracts signed by both Gestalt Community Schools and KIPP contain no penalties for exiting the Achievement School District before agreements run out, according to documents obtained by Chalkbeat.

School Superintendent Stephen Nuckols reported to the panel that Sarah Gober, the school's former chief executive, is continuing to provide special-education services to students, which she started earlier this calendar year.

Tatum said the school is projected to end this school year with as much as $90,000 in positive balances despite having to repay the state some $212,000 that was initially distributed on the basis of incorrect data. Given the assault on public education from the Trump Administration, we need leaders who stand with all public school families.

Any questions about the Board of Education petition process, voter registration or absentee voting applications can be directed to 483-4420.

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