New publicly funded charter school to open teaching ‘traditions of Western civilization’

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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“Traditions of Western Civilization” to be taught at new charter school. A charter school set to open in Orange County will teach students based on the “traditions of Western Civilization … embracing the Judeo-Christian principles as expressed by the founders of America.” If that wasn’t enough, teachers and students won’t be required to wear masks. California Globe

No masks in Orange County. Public education leaders in Orange County want schools to reopen without masks or social distancing. Why? “To model courage and persistence in the face of uncertainty and fear.” Los Angeles Times

San Diego charters received millions of dollars in paycheck protection aid. Charter schools across the country are collecting millions of dollars in federal paycheck protection loans, even though they are not expected to lose state funding. At least 22 San Diego County charter schools or charter school organizations have collected at least $23 million. The San Diego Union-Tribune

How schools have responded. A study has found that traditional, neighborhood public schools have outperformed privately operated charter schools in providing services to disadvantaged students during the COVID-19 crisis. National Center for Research on Education Access and Choice

“Top 5 things to know about online learning.” The for-profit education company K12 Inc. is pushing a video about online learning in the wake of multiple school districts—including Los Angeles and San Diego—announcing they’ll be online in the fall. K12 has close ties to Wall Street and conservative organizations, including the notorious American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). K12 Inc.

Here’s a more sober list of frequently asked questions about online charter schools. In the Public Interest