Walton Family Foundation Announces $100 Million Funding Plan: At the National Charter Schools Conference this week, the Walton Family Foundation announced a $100 million initiative to increase diversity in schools and expand innovative approaches. The foundation’s new report, Rooted in Opportunity, outlines a new funding strategy that is focused on supporting teachers and students of diverse backgrounds, students in special education, and innovative curriculums.
LA School Board Approves Budget: After months of deliberation, the Los Angeles School Board passed a $8.2 billion budget for the 2018-19 school year. The new budget will cover the cost of college entrance exams, such as the SAT and ACT, which will be administered to students in their own schools. Additionally, the budget directs the superintendent to develop a plan for administering the PSAT, a practice test for the SAT, to all eighth-, ninth-, and 10th-grade students.
Judge Blocks Rule Allowing NY Charters to Certify Teachers: This week, a New York judge ruled against regulations approved by The State University of New York (SUNY) that would allow charter schools to certify their own teachers. The Judge ruled that such certification programs were illegal because they did not meet the minimum state requirements. SUNY officials plan to appeal the ruling and remain confident in finding a way to create new certification rules according to the court’s guidelines.