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Monday, February 11, 2019

California to study charter school impact on real public schools

Posted By on Mon, Feb 11, 2019 at 7:34 AM

Here's an idea: California Gov. Gavin Newsom wants to review the financial impact of  charter schools on real public schools — that is schools that have public money, public control and full state regulation.

He has asked state Supt. of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond to convene an expert panel, with a report due by July 1.

“As Governor Newsom stated in his first budget proposal, rising charter school enrollments in some urban districts are having real impacts on those districts’ ability to provide essential support and services for their students,” spokesman Brian Ferguson said in a statement.
Los Angeles schools are the pressure point in California, much as Little Rock is the major focus of Walton Family Foundation-financed efforts to privatiize Arkansas public schools.

The L.A. teachers union, United Teachers Los Angeles, made the growth of charters a major issue leading up to the strike, even though union members could not walk out over the issue. On Wednesday, union President Alex Caputo-Pearl applauded Newsom’s action “for seemingly recognizing that public school districts across the state, including Los Angeles Unified, are being financially strangled by the unmitigated growth of charter schools, but we don’t believe a task force is needed to reach this obvious conclusion.

“Large urban school districts, the primary targets of the corporate charter industry, are well past the saturation point … and an immediate cap on charter schools is urgently necessary,” he said.

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