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  • Debacle: How a Promising Charter School Failed

    Debacle: How a Promising Charter School Failed

    • December 15, 2016

    In 2014, when teachers at Los Angeles’ Jefferson High School opened their own charter school, the Student Empowerment Academy, they hoped to bring the larger world into their classrooms. They got more than they bargained for. BY ROBIN UREVICH

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  • Election Inflections: Why California’s Deep-Pocketed Charter School Backers Went for Broke

    Election Inflections: Why California’s Deep-Pocketed Charter School Backers Went for Broke

    • November 9, 2016

    Yesterday the subscriber-only political almanac California Target Book reported that spending by all independent expenditure committees (IECs) on legislative races in the general election had topped $41 million. That brought the year’s total of outside money for state Assembly and Senate seats, including primary races, to $70 million.

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  • Election Inflections: Charter School Spending Splurge

    Election Inflections: Charter School Spending Splurge

    • November 4, 2016

    Under state law, an independent expenditure committee can funnel unlimited amounts of money from corporations, nonprofits and wealthy donors, as long as it does not coordinate spending activity with candidates, who are under strict, albeit voluntary campaign limits. Next week Bill Raden will report on the unprecedented amount of contributions made by California’s charter school lobbies to influence nearly three-dozen state Assembly and Senate races, along with several local school board elections.

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