Responses to Media Coverage
CCSA states that San Diego Unified, the Grossmont Union High School District and their lawyers simply do not understand the law, which allows non-classroom-based charters to choose their locations.
CCSA disagrees with many of the assertions laid out in a report from the Alameda County Grand Jury and reported on by the East Bay Times. Read our response.
CCSA has provided clear facts and data that counter the inaccurate and irresponsible assertions made in UTLA’s report.
The following is CCSA’s response to today’s East Bay Times article, “Richmond considering regulations of charter schools.” The story focused on The City of Richmond’s proposed zoning ordinance that would require charter schools to obtain a conditional use permit in order to site a school.
CCSA provided the following response to the Los Angeles Times article “Retiree benefits become a flashpoint in the battle between charters and traditional schools.” The story focused on a retirement plan offered at a single charter school, which used to be a traditional school.
CCSA provided the following statement in response to the article, “Charter school expansion, financing raises questions” posted on January 31, 3016 in the San Diego Union Tribune.
Response to Voice of OC Op-Ed: “AUHSD Board: Time for a Moratorium on Charter Schools”
Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) recently published its annual Enrollment Options Guide which was intended to be a resource for local families. However, the publication contained numerous errors and excluded the fact that charter public schools support students with special needs as well as those who are English Learners. Both the guide and the Oakland Post story that followed only served to mislead families seeking quality education options for their children. While OUSD has acknowledged their error, the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) believes it is essential to clarify to the community that charter schools support all Oakland students, of all abilities.
CCSA Advocates says it is proud of its transparency and compliance practices, in a statement responding to a misleading article in the L.A. Times.
In response to the article authored by Dr. Vladimir Kogan of Ohio State University, “Value Added vs. Similar Students’ Measures: Comparing Two Methods for Holding Ohio Schools Accountable,” the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) has identified significant misrepresentations and analysis errors by Dr. Kogan. CCSA has reached out to Dr. Kogan, and although he indicated that his methods are different than those created by CCSA, he continues to erroneously associate them with CCSA.
CCSA provided the following statement in response to CREDO’s 2015 report about online charter public schools.
Read CCSA’s statement in response to a report by the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD), “Charter School Black Hole” released on October 21, 2015.
In response to the L.A. Times’ September 25th blog post, discussing academic performance at L.A. Unified magnet schools and independent charter schools: It’s great news that LAUSD is recognizing the academic success at non-traditional, innovative school models such as magnets….
The following is CCSA’s response to the September 21st L.A. Times story discussing a plan for charter school expansion in Los Angeles. Charter schools should be evaluated based on facts, not the misinformation spread by a few relentless critics. The…
Read CCSA’s response to San Diego Union-Tribune article, “Charter school closes in Oceanside.”
Read CCSA’s response to Dr. Jane Gawronski’s op-ed in the San Diego Union-Tribune, “Successful charter schools deserve more support from districts.”
Read CCSA’s response to the op-ed, “What LAUSD needs in its next superintendent.”
Response to Washington Post story "Report: Millions of dollars in fraud, waste found in charter school sector"
Read CCSA’s response to the Washington Post article “Report: Millions of dollars in fraud, waste found in charter school sector”
Response to Article in The IE Voice: "Rep. Mark Takano Introduces the Charter School Transparency, Accountability, and Quality Act"
Read CCSA’s response to The IE Voice’s article, “Rep. Mark Takano Introduces the Charter School Transparency, Accountability, and Quality Act.”
Response to San Jose Inside Guest Column, "Rhetoric vs. Reality: The Charter School Debate Continues"
Read CCSA’s response to the San Jose Inside Guest Column, “Rhetoric vs. Reality: The Charter School Debate Continues”
Read CCSA’s response to the East Bay Express article,”A New Era for Charter Schools?”
Response to Los Angeles Times editorial, "Charter schools' volunteer demands may discourage needy students"
Read CCSA’s response to the Los Angeles Times editorial, “‘Charter schools’ volunteer demands may discourage needy students.”
Read CCSA’s response to a letter-to-the-editor published by the Long Beach Press-Telegram.
Read CCSA’s response to the article, “LAUSD charter school growth faster pace than in state, nation.”
Read Response to “Charter Schools May Affect Quality of Education for Disabled Students”
Read CCSA’s response to the San Mateo County News story “Study Proves Charter Schools Are No Silver Bullet.”
Read CCSA’s response to the recently released report: Charter School Vulnerabilities to Waste, Fraud & Abuse.
On March 6, 2014, Ed Source posted an article “Special education needs a ‘do-over,’ state panel told.” Read CCSA’s response to this post.
Read CCSA’s response to the LA School Report article, LAUSD board denies renewal for two high-performing charter schools.
On November 27, 2013, the East Bay Express published an opinion piece, “Oakland Needs a Moratorium on Charter Schools.” CCSA wrote the following response.
On October 1, the Los Angeles Times published an op-ed, The charter school mistake, written by Diane Ravitch author of a new book “Reign of Error.” CCSA wrote the following letter to the editor in response. To say I am…
Response to Southern California Public Radio: "API scores: Only about half of LA Unified charters meeting state performance goals"
Read CCSA’s response to Southern California Public Radio’s article, API scores: Only about half of LA Unified charters meeting state performance goals.
CCSA’s response to The Los Angeles Times’ editorial about the charter movement, Making Room for Charter Students, stating that allocating space for charter students under Prop. 39 should not be at the expense of students in traditional public schools.
Editor: I am writing to support the Alameda County Office of Education (ACOE) leadership in its recommendation to uphold the revocation of the American Indian Model Schools (AIMS) charters.
The California Charter Schools Association is deeply disappointed with the actions of both the Carlsbad Unified Board of Education and the County Board of Education regarding the denial of a new petition and appeal of the Oxford Preparatory Academy’s (OPA) new charter school.
We agree with the Times that not enough low performing charter schools have closed. However, the charter school sector itself is showing signs of correcting, bold actions on accountability that the editorial fails to mention.
CCSA’s response to an LA Times editorial claiming that charter school oversight is insufficient
One of the most glaring omissions in the article is a failure to set in context what is happening in our nation’s charter schools in comparison to what has persisted for decades throughout the traditional public education establishment.
CCSA response to the Los Angeles Times article “Charters Draw Students From Private Schools” published on August 28, 2012.
“All I’m asking for is that you give the ‘Schools We Can Believe In’ rally a true voice about what we were actually there for,” writes Aurora Finley, a 10th grade charter school student, in response to an ABC7 news story. This letter is one of 60 sent by students to the TV station regarding its coverage of the event.
CCSA has spent years with a broad range of external academics and consultants, researching and developing a new metric that better isolated the impact of the school while using publicly available data.
The Sacramento Bee recently posted a press release on their website from a group attacking CCSA’s call for non-renewal for underperforming charter schools.
LA Weekly recently looked at several charter schools in Los Angeles that are in high-demand. CCSA responds to the piece, which argued for more district regulations.
Charter schools in Los Angeles are partners with the district and the broader community in improving our public schools. We all share the same goal - for all students to have access to a high-quality public education.
Despite the success of charter schools, especially here in Los Angeles, or perhaps because of it, misconceptions abound about what charter schools are and what they do. A recent piece in City Watch by Janet Denise Kelly echoed many of…
Cheating is completely unacceptable and inexcusable in any school and we are in complete support of the LAUSD board’s decision to close six charter schools caught cheating.
Cosmo Garvin’s piece “Time for Action on Sac High” is out of touch with the need for real education reform not just in Sacramento, but across the state. By pushing new school board members to pick on a top performing charter school whose focus is to graduate seniors and encourage higher education is ignoring the real issues public schools are facing.
The San Diego Union-Tribune has published several opinion pieces recently in regards to the Waiting for “Superman” documentary, which highlights the use of lotteries by charters where enrollment is oversubscribed. In none of these U-T pieces did the author correctly inform readers that charter schools must use lotteries mandated by both federal and state law when the number of applicants for their school exceeds the seats available.
“The new segregation” by Leslie Layton (August 12, 2010) is a disappointingly one-sided look at Chico’s charter schools. Layton’s article, and the UCLA Civil Rights Project report referenced in it, were based on assumptions and incomplete data, and solely focus their findings on demographics and “exposure” to diversity, rather than the academic performance of charter school students.
In response to Steve Lopez’s editorial, “This School Tax is a Bargain”, the writer fails to mention the fact that this proposed parcel tax, Measure E, has purposely left out charter schools: students, teachers, and parents….
We want to set the record straight. Charter schools are public schools that are tuition-free. Charter schools are committed to offering alternative methods of teaching, and serving a diverse student population. Local educators, leaders, and community members run the schools, not “outsiders”. That is what we offer.
CCSA Responds to Thomas Hehir’s article Charters: Students with Disabilities Need Not Apply? in Education Week Mr. Hehir’s attacks on California charter school special education programs demonstrate an unfortunate lack of depth regarding California’s special education infrastructure….
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