Michael Bloomberg has spent big on pushing charter schools in California

Here’s our pick of recent news about the effort to privatize public education in California and the families, students, and teachers fighting back.

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Bloomberg in California. Democratic presidential primary candidate Michael Bloomberg has long invested heavily in promoting charter schools in the Golden State. EdSource

LA school board race spending on track for record. Bill Raden on Los Angeles’s upcoming school board race: “A flood of outside privatization money has put March 3’s Super Tuesday election on target to smash LAUSD’s 2017 record as the nation’s priciest school board primary ever.” Capital and Main | More on the race from LAist

“You’ll need a shower after reading about this school board race that’s descended into the gutter.” Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez documents retired Manhattan Beach businessman Bill Bloomfield’s pro-charter school spending in the LAUSD board race. Los Angeles Times

New bill regulating home-school charter schools. A new bill would prohibit home-school charter schools from providing financial incentives to families for enrichment activities and would require the state to approve vendors that provide enrichment to these charter schools. The San Diego Union-Tribune

A3 trial fallout hits small districts. Prosecutors leading the ongoing A3 charter school criminal case want to take back potentially millions of dollars of oversight fees that were paid to small school districts that were supposed to hold the A3 schools accountable. The San Diego Union-Tribune