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Charter School Group Calls For Closure Of West Sacramento School

The California Charter Schools Association wants the charter for West Sacramento Early College Prep revoked. The charter school, a joint project of UC Davis, Sacramento City College and Washington Unified School District, is among the worst-performing campuses in the state on standardized tests. West Sacramento Early College Prep is on a list of six schools that CCSA officials say arent meeting minimum academic measures the organization set in 2009. While the organization is a champion of charter schools, it believes that calling for the closure of low-performing programs demonstrates that charter schools are willing to be held accountable, CCSA President Jed Wallace told The Bee in 2011. In 2011, CCSA included West Sacramento Early College Prep on a list with four others in the Sacramento region 10 statewide that didnt meet minimum academic measures set by the association. The organization has no power to revoke a charter, so it asked the agencies that govern the schools usually a district or county board of education to discontinue the low-performing programs.
For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://www.sacbee.com/2013/12/19/6014632/charter-school-group-calls-for.html

Why Charter Schools Are Foolish Investments for States Facing Economic Challenges

A new report calling for South Carolina to increase the states investment in charter schools comes as the state still is struggling to recover from the economic downturn and continues to invest heavily in education reform driven by new standards and high-stakes testing. Before investing further in charter schools, South Carolina must consider the full picture now becoming clear about how charter schools perform, notably when compared to traditional public schools. Advocates tend to argue that charter schools provide competition for floundering public schools and high-performing options for parents. However, national studies repeatedly have shown that charter schools produce about the same measurable outcomes as public schools while also demonstrating some disturbing consequences: Charter schools tend to segregate students by race and class. Charter schools under-serve special-needs students, English-language learners and the highest poverty students all populations that require significant proportions of public school budgets. Charter schools contribute to student and teacher churn by creating revolving doors for students and teachers between charter schools and traditional public schools, which are under added pressure of always accepting students leaving those charter schools.
For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://www.alternet.org/education/why-charter-schools-are-foolish-investments-states-facing-economic-challenges

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