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Federal penalty likely to slow charter growth

posted Aug 22, 2011, 1:30 PM by Gary Jones   [ updated Aug 22, 2011, 1:41 PM ]
[The U.S.] Department of Education ... docked California $11.5 million from an expected $51.5 million in critical grants for new charter schools this year – and may whack up to $40 million next year.

California, easily with more charter schools than any other state – 900 and growing – had been in compliance with the law in past years ... and had benefited when President Obama expanded the program.

Federal officials had indicated since November that the state was out of compliance with the requirement that charter authorizers – usually local districts – keep track annually of the academic progress of all subgroups of students ...

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