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San Jose charter to close. After nearly a decade in San Jose, administrators of Summit Public Schools have announced that they will close Summit Rainier—one of their two charter schools in the city—due an inability to get private facilities for both schools. KIPP Navigate College Prep will move to the Summit Rainier campus. The Mercury News

Legislature urged to amend Local Control Funding Formula. The California State Auditor has sharply criticized the Legislature and State Board of Education (SBE) for failing to ensure that billions of dollars have been spent on low-income children and other students targeted for additional state money. EdSource

How to talk to family about charter schools during the holidays.The holidays are a time of joy and relaxation but also uncomfortable conversations with family. Will Uncle Tommy go on another rant about windmills causing cancer? So, what should you say when someone starts dissing traditional, neighborhood public schools and hyping up charter schools? Here’s what. In the Public Interest

School privatization explained.The Network for Public Education (NPE) has released a toolkit called School Privatization Explained. Network for Public Education

“I am disgusted that they keep getting away with this.” Los Altos resident Ellen Akerlund-Gonella asks, “How can Bullis Charter School and the county school board claim ‘equality’ when it is well known that they require a $5,000 per child ‘gift’ to attend, even though they say it is ‘requested.’ And tax-deductible at that!” Mountain View VoiceCalifornia School Accountability: San Jose charter to close | School privatization explained | and more

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