The California Charter Schools Association reports today that California leads the nation in the number of new charter school openings — 89 brand new schools, for a total of 686 statewide.
Oakland came in second only to Los Angeles in the number of new schools. Six new public, independently run charters opened in the city this fall.
As the number of charters grow — and in light of the governance problems and allegations of fraud that came to light this summer at the since-closed Uprep – the Oakland school district seems to be taking a hard look at its authorization and oversight practices.
Tonight, the state administrator considers major changes to the district’s charter school policies. One of the revisions would require each charter agreement to be effective for five years, rather than fewer, to not create “an environment by which experimentation with Oakland children is an acceptable practice.”
Charter groups might also need to apply by mid-November for the following school year, submit annual reports to the school district and follow other new regulations.