Selected readings on US charter schools
Wow, there is a ton of great information to share with you. Yesterday, Governor Herbert appointed Heather Groom to fill the vacancy on the Utah State School Board created by Craig Coleman’s resignation. There were a number of great candidates who applied and we thank all of you for your willingness to be involved. Congratulations to Heather who has served on the Renaissance Academy governing board and has also been a super volunteer for us at the charter association. We look forward to working with you.
In addition, the State Charter School Board approved 6 new charters; Kairos Academy, Winter Sports School, Ascent Academies, Mountain West Montessori Academy, American International School of Utah and Dixie Montessori Academy. Congratulations to those 6 and Utah Career Path High who was approved by the State Board last Friday.
Another important change has taken place on charter amendments. We have talked in our member meetings about the need to streamline which charter amendments need to be heard. Previously, every charter amendment had to be discussed by the State Charter Board, State Board Charter committee and State Board of Education. I want to thank Marlies Burns who has long supported making these changes and brought forward a proposal to the State Board. I talked with a number of State Board members who agreed this was a change a long time in the making. To see those changes click here.
We had a fantastic showing at our Charter Day on the Hill. Thank you for coming and participating in this event. We want to thank Governor Herbert and the numerous legislators who participated. We are at the Capitol every day representing you. There are a number of bills that we are involved in right now but I want to specifically call your attention to HB 306. We have worked closely with Representative Perry and a number of groups including the State Trust Lands office to bring a bill that will more fairly treat charter schools in the distribution of state trust land moneys.
Thank you for all of your hard work and please let us know if you have any questions.
Source: Utah Association of Public Charter Schools – by Chris Bleak