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K-12 Dealmaking: Microschool Company Raises $20M; IXL Acquires Curiosity Media
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Jun 21, 9:25 AM:

A company that offers small-group “microschools,” Prenda, raised $20 million aimed at helping grow its network in additional states, the company announced.

GOP plan to expand school vouchers to all 1.1 million students advances, but appears doomed
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Jun 16, 9:43 AM: A proposal to let all 1.1 million Arizona students get taxpayer dollars to attend private school cleared a state legislative committee on Wednesday with Republican support, but it won’t have the votes needed to win approval in the >
Survey: Majority of Coloradans hold a ‘favorable opinion’ about charter schools
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Jun 16, 9:39 AM: A majority of Coloradans hold a “favorable opinion” about charter schools in the state, part of a survey released on Friday found.
9 charts that explain Denver’s declining enrollment challenge
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Jun 9, 7:50 AM: Declining enrollment is arguably the most pressing issue facing Denver Public Schools, and the district’s latest annual report takes a deep dive into current numbers and future predictions.
Charter School Focused On Construction Field Going Up In Sacramento
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Jun 8, 10:12 AM: The soon-to-be charter school wants to expose students to higher education, but if college isn’t an interest, you can explore jobs within the construction trade.
Arizona lawmakers discuss expanding school voucher-style program
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Jun 8, 10:04 AM: Under the ESA program, parents who pull their children from public schools receive money from the state that they can use for private school tuition, tutoring, learning materials or other educational purposes.
House GOP Seeks School Funding Revamp, Voucher Expansion
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Jun 7, 9:13 AM: Arizona House Republicans are working to finalize a deal that would substantially boost funding for K-12 public schools and enact a major expansion of the state’s private school voucher system.
California Education Officials Call for More Investment in Community Schools
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Jun 7, 8:48 AM: State and education officials called on Monday for more investment in so-called community schools, which are intended to offer more resources for students and their families than traditional schools.
Survey: More Colorado voters think schools are on the wrong track
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Jun 7, 8:26 AM:

Two years into the pandemic and amid intense political polarization, more Colorado voters think schools are on the wrong track, according to a new survey from polling firm Magellan Strategies.

Colorado teacher prep programs saw an “exodus” when COVID hit — another test for school districts facing shortages
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Jun 7, 8:09 AM: As Colorado’s teacher pipeline trickles, more of the state’s new educators are taking charge of classrooms while still learning how to teach.
VCs, Tech Firms Want to Raise $1 Million for Bay Area Cyber Education
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Jun 6, 9:04 AM:

Facing a shortage of digital defense personnel, a consortium is offering to pay one year of studies for would-be cyber pros in the San Francisco area.

These CA charter schools just unionized with the Industrial Workers of the World
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Jun 2, 8:40 AM: When teachers and staff at Caliber Public Schools raised concerns about staff retention and about the schools not living up to their advertised core values, they were ignored. So they unionized.
Law Signed by Governor Pays Eligible Students for Teacher Training and Removes Standardized Test Barrier for Teacher Qualification
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Jun 1, 11:43 AM:

Gov. Jared Polis signed House Bill 1220, “Removing Barriers to Educator Preparation,” to provide stipends to eligible student teachers for teacher training and remove the Praxis standardized test as the only way to prove mastery >

Denver charter schools continue to outperform peers in Colorado
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May 31, 9:33 AM: CREDO did an analysis of Denver schools in 2019 and found that Denver charter school students had stronger gains than the state average in reading and math in all three years the study reviewed – 2014-15, 2015-16 and >
As SCUSD teacher strike continues, concern grows for students with individualized education programs
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Mar 31, 8:59 AM: As Sacramento City Unified teachers, staff and union organizers continue to strike, concern from parents whose students need extra help in the classroom is growing.
Oakland Unified to lease additional space to area charter schools
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Mar 31, 8:46 AM: The new charter school agreements come just one month after Oakland announced the closure of seven public schools in the next year. Critics say accommodating new charter students could strain schools already planning to welcome >
Nearly half of LAUSD students have been chronically absent this year, data show
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Mar 31, 8:19 AM: Nearly half of Los Angeles Unified students — more than 200,000 children — have been chronically absent this school year, meaning they have missed at least 9% of the academic year, according to data provided to The Times by the >
Column: This teachers’ strike is not just about money. It’s about respect for public education
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Mar 30, 8:42 AM: From school closure protests in Oakland to Sacramento’s all-in strike, those who work in our schools are telling us they cannot do this job under the conditions we are imposing.
New America School teachers want to form Colorado’s first charter union
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Mar 30, 7:59 AM: Teachers at the New America School charter network are attempting to form Colorado’s first charter school union.
Arizona Republicans' school funding rush job is a disaster waiting to happen
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Mar 30, 6:37 AM: Republicans' rush job to overhaul the state's complex school funding formula to benefit charter schools is almost laughable. Or it would be, if it wasn't for the kids it'll hurt.

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