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Charter school bill clears state Assembly

I blogged recently about Assembly Bill 980, which would require independently run charter schools located in state-run districts such as Oakland to help repay the state loan.

Well, the bill has passed the Assembly with a 48-31 vote. Here’s a quote from its author, Sandre Swanson (D-Alameda, pictured right):

“This is an issue about fairness. When a district is recovering from financial crisis, it is only right that all parts of the district pay their fair share to help retire the loan. In fact, on February 3rd, State Superintendent Jack O’Connell ordered the State Administrator to transfer $60 per student from Oakland’s general fund to charter schools. Superintendent O’Connell asserted that charters are a part of the district in which they reside. If that is the case, then they should certainly share in both the district’s assets and liabilities,” Assemblymember Swanson contended.

Do you agree that it’s only fair for charter schools to share the burden?

Katy Murphy

Education reporter for the Oakland Tribune. Contact me at kmurphy@bayareanewsgroup.com.

  • James Jones, Parent

    Sounds like a Mafia plan hatched in a backroom somewhere. OUSD should receive a “piece of the action” for every student the lose to the competition?

    Oakland Unified got into the financial mess on it’s own. New Charters should not be penalized for serving Oakland Children. Oakland children are not the property of OUSD. The proceeds of those loans benefited OUSD and as such should be repaid by OUSD..Alone.