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Just The Facts: Charter Schools (and Cutting Through Some Myths and Hot Air)

As anyone reading the newspapers can observe, Connecticut charter schools are receiving some unwanted attention these days due to: 1) a myriad of issues involving a charter school management company; and 2) virulent attacks...more

Chartering Authority Must Make Findings Supported by Substantial Evidence Showing it Considered Increases in Academic Achievement...

In American Indian Model Schools v. Oakland Unified School District (June 23, 2014, 139652) --- Cal.App.4th ---, the California Court of Appeal recently clarified a charter school may not be revoked unless there is...more

NLRB Asserts Jurisdiction Over a Charter School in New York

For the first time in New York State, a Regional Director for the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) has asserted NLRB jurisdiction over a New York charter school, and ordered an election for a unit of approximately 35...more

OCR Issues Guidance Reminding Charter Schools of Application of Federal Civil Rights Laws

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is responsible for enforcing Title VI of the Civil Rights Act (prohibiting discrimination based on race, color, or national origin), Title IX of the Civil...more

SEC Charges Charter School Operator with Disclosure Violations, Suggests It May Charge Individuals

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission recently charged a Chicago charter school operator with defrauding investors in a $37.5 million bond offering by failing to disclose transactions that presented conflicts of...more

SEC Settles Bond Case Centered on Construction of Charter Schools

The Commission continues to focus on the municipal bond market, filing a settled action against two state grant recipients who were supposed to construct charter schools. The action, alleging fraud in connection with the sale...more

Charter School Bill Passes House

Last week, the House of Representatives passed, in a 360-45 vote, legislation that would reauthorize charter schools. The measure, the Success and Opportunity through Quality Charter School Act (HR10), would authorize $300...more

2014 Legislative Short Session - Education Bills Introduced

The NC General Assembly kicked off its 2014 Short Session (adjournment goal of July 4th is reasonable) with bill introductions that are relevant...more

Attorneys’ Fees Awarded To Charter School In IDEA Action

The District Court for the District of Columbia recently issued a decision awarding attorneys’ fees to a charter school (that operates as its own local education agency), finding that the parent’s attorney filed and continued...more

Utah Procurement Code: A Road Map for Better Purchasing

No doubt your charter school is a careful steward of taxpayer funds and always gets the best deal on everything it buys. Right? Well now you have an even better "tool" to make sure you are getting the best deal possible....more

Capital Thinking: Education

LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY - Charter schools - House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) announced last week that he would visit a charter school in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania today to deliver a policy speech about...more

Update on Recent Education Legislation: Obscene Matters Depicting Minors, Financial Literacy Instruction, Surplus Property to...

KMTG will be issuing a series of updates on new legislation signed by Governor Brown. All laws are effective January 1, 2014, unless otherwise stated....more

Legislature Extends Requirement to Offer Surplus Facilities to Charter Schools

A law requiring school districts to offer surplus property to charter schools, which was set to expire at the end of June, has been extended until July 1, 2016....more

California Supreme Court Holds That County Board Revocation Procedures Provided Charter School With Constitutionally Adequate “Due...

On July 11, 2013, the California Supreme Court upheld the decision of the Court of Appeal that a charter school was afforded constitutionally adequate due process during revocation proceedings before the Los Angeles County...more

Court Rules Student Dismissed From Charter School Was Not “Expelled,” Thus Not Entitled To Evidentiary Hearing

A student was dismissed from a charter high school for brandishing a knife in class. The student sued to challenge his removal from the school, asserting that his weapon was not a knife under the Education Code definition and...more

General Assembly Calls For More Studies On Charter Schools

At the close of the last legislative session, the General Assembly passed two legislative actions calling for the development of new studies on charter schools. ...more

Pennsylvania Office of Open Records Blasts Charter Schools

Charter school managers and officials should be aware that the Executive Director of Pennsylvania’s Office of Open Records has recently made public statements criticizing charter schools that take the position that they...more

Alabama Legislative Update: Alabama Legislature Begins 2013 Regular Session

On February 5, the Alabama Legislature convened its 2013 Regular Session before listening as Governor Robert Bentley delivered his third State of the State address to a joint session. Over the next two days, legislative...more

Court Of Appeal Okays School District’s Use Of Norming Ratios To Assign Classroom Space To Charter Schools

A charter schools association brought a lawsuit against a school district and alleged the district violated Proposition 39 by using norming ratios to assign classroom space to charter schools. The court of appeal held that...more

Illinois Appellate Court Finds Schools Not Liable For Student Injury And Deaths In Two Separate Lawsuits

Last fall, the Illinois Appellate Court issued opinions on two different cases involving the tort immunity of school districts. In both cases, the court declined to find the schools liable....more

2012-13 Education Legislation Summarized By KMTG

In order to have the new 2012-13 education legislation handy, we have combined our series on the subject into one easy to reference location. Here you will find a recap of all the legislation we summarized, along with a link...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House 1-11-13

In this week’s issue: - Legislature Completes Its First Week - Majority Party Discusses Its Legislative Agenda - New Constitutional Officers Sworn into Office - Federal Decision Issued Regarding MaineCare...more

NLRB Asserts Jurisdiction Over Chicago Nonprofit Corporation That Operates Charter School

In a 3-1 decision in Chicago Mathematics & Science Academy Charter School, Inc. and Chicago Alliance of Charter Teachers & Staff, IFT, AFT, AFL-CIO, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) asserted jurisdiction over a...more

Contrary to Union's Argument, NLRB Finds Jurisdiction Over Nonprofit Corporation Operating Charter School in Chicago

In Chicago Mathematics & Science Academy Charter School, Inc., 359 NLRB No. 41 (Dec. 14, 2012), the National Labor Relations Board ("the Board" or "NLRB") rejected the position of a teachers' union and found that it had...more

Legislative Update: Education-Related Topics Including Economic Impact Aid, Campus-Based Mandatory Fees For California State...

SB 754 adds section 54029 to the Education Code to address the conditions for receipt of economic impact aid. Economic impact aid is provided to school districts based on the number of English learners and economically...more

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