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It's Not Just a California Dream: Fix Bad Charter School State Policies to Erase Bad Incentives

Friday, April 12, 2019   (0 Comments)
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“There are wildly different levels of attention being paid to these schools, and charter schools are finding ways to shop around for the weakest oversight. As long as California’s authorizing structure stays fragmented across more than 300 different entities, you’re going to keep having these problems.” – NACSA President and CEO Greg Richmond as quoted in the Los Angeles Times, March 27, 2019

Bad incentives and poor authorizing standards are allowing bad charter school authorizers in California to damage the reputation of the entire sector, as evident in the Los Angeles Times’ recent series on charter oversight in the state.

The need for structural changes to California’s charter school laws is hardly news. Many advocates, NACSA included, have been sounding the alarm and offering concrete ideas on how to fix what ails the law, for years.

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