|June 20, 2018 CUSD BOT Meeting Agenda Item #51 PRESENTATION OF MATERIAL REVISIONS TO CHARTER OF CAPISTRANO CONNECTIONS ACADEMY CHARTER SCHOOL|
Board Meeting Agenda page 1068
Board Audio 4:29:15
Capistrano Connections Academy Charter School has requested material revisions to its Charter to merge the non-profit public benefit corporation which governs it with two other non-profit public benefit corporations. The name of the Charter School’s governing non-profit public benefit corporation will change from Capistrano Connections Academy, Incorporated to California Online Public Schools.
Material Revisions include, but are not limited to:
Number of Board Members
Method of Selection of Board Members
Dr. Francie Sessions answered questions.
Based on Staff Recommendation Trustee Jim Reardon made a motion to Approve Material Revisions To Capistrano Connections Academy was moved by Trustee Reardon.
Second by Trustee Judy Bullockus
The Motion Passed 4-0-3 (Trustees Jones, Pritchard and Holloway were absent)
33272 Valle Rd, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Connections Academy is a division of Connections Education LLC, which is accredited by AdvancED, the national accreditation commission that represents twenty-seven thousand public and private schools and districts across the United States and in sixty-five countries worldwide. Many of the Connections Academy schools are also accredited by one or more of six regional accrediting organizations for higher education institutions recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the United States Department of Education. New schools typically begin the accreditation process after operating for a full year.
As of May 31, 2018 CUSD has spent $21,062,752.00 to educate 3,617 students ($5,823 per student)
"Virtual Schools" are publicly funded, but privately run, usually by for-profit companies.
A recent report published by In the Public Interest, which found that Pearson helps fund Foundation for Excellence in Education and Chiefs for Change.
In turn, the foundation crafts policy that profits Pearson.
Student Data Mining
How does Pearson attempt to fine-tune its tests? Not by using paid research or paying students to take tests. Instead, it administers “field tests” to certain schools (Capistrano Unified) and subjects students to even further testing during the school year.
Parents in NYC were fed up, and protested against administering what some called “free pilot studies” for Pearson. Meanwhile, teachers were sent a memo from the NY State Education’s Office telling them to lie to students and pretend that these field tests were real.
Data Quest: Enrollment by Ethnicity
Source: Smarter Balanced Test Results