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Detroit charter school moves into refurbished building

Nov. 17, 2019 10:26 AM EST

DETROIT (AP) — A public charter elementary school has moved from a church basement to a refurbished building in an eastside Detroit neighborhood. Detroit Prep held a ribbon-cutting Friday at a once-vacant school. The 43,500-square-foot (4,041-square-meter) building has been renovated and includes 21...

Charter school staff tries to help shooting victim

Nov. 15, 2019 7:12 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Staff members of a Chicago elementary school went to the aid of a man who was fatally shot as he waited in his car as his girlfriend dropped off her 6-year-old son for class. Chicago police say the gunman approached the 28-year-old victim as he sat in his SUV early Friday outside Moving...

Utah Charter School Board seeks more power to stop closures

Nov. 15, 2019 11:54 AM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The board that oversees Utah charter schools has asked state lawmakers to give them more authority, saying they do not have the power to intervene before a school fails. The Utah State Charter School Board made the request after one charter school closed earlier this year and another...

WVa education board puts charter school plan up for comment

Nov. 14, 2019 1:53 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Board of Education will give the public 60 days to comment on a proposal on charter schools, double the normal allotted time. The board put the policy proposal up for comment Thursday. Legislation signed by Gov. Jim Justice authorizes a staggered implementation of...

North Carolina board rejected Native American charter school

Nov. 13, 2019 2:32 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina advisory board has rejected a new charter school catering to Native Americans, saying its curriculum is too activist and not inclusive enough. The News & Observer of Raleigh reports the N.C. Charter Schools Advisory Board voted Tuesday to reverse its recommendation...

West Virginia Board of Education to discuss charter schools

Nov. 13, 2019 4:30 AM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Board of Education is set to discuss charter schools this week. The board will meet on Wednesday and Thursday in Charleston. A board policy proposal on charter schools is on Thursday's agenda. Details of the policy were scheduled for release Wednesday. The board's...

Committee tables $46M federal grant for charter schools

Nov. 8, 2019 3:35 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire legislative committee has voted to table a $46 million federal grant to double the number of charter schools in the state, drawing criticism from the governor and education commissioner. In a statement, the Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee on Friday cited budgetary...

Budget impasse remains due to dispute over shifting funds

Nov. 7, 2019 5:14 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Republican lawmakers said Thursday that they were very close to agreeing to restore some funding she vetoed during a budget impasse, but a deal remained elusive due to their clash over limiting the governor's power to shift funds within individual...

Fired Alabama charter school president sues academy

Nov. 4, 2019 5:04 AM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A recently fired Alabama charter school president is accusing the academy of breaching her contract, supporting a culture of nepotism and discriminating against students with special needs. Former LEAD Academy principal Nicole Ivey is suing Montgomery's first charter, alleging that...

Louisiana editorial roundup

Oct. 30, 2019 3:02 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Louisiana newspapers: ___ Oct. 30 The (Lake Charles) American Press on governor candidates and education: The charges and countercharges that have dominated the Louisiana gubernatorial contest have made it difficult for voters to determine where the truth really lies. However, that isn't...