Posts Tagged ‘charter schools’

Student canvassers helped elect charter friendly school board

An SFER AN student fellow organizes a stack of campaign material for Miriam Stephanie Sequeira. Photo by Marian Davidson.

SFER AN and its parent organization, Students for Education Reform (SFER), present themselves as student-run, grassroots groups that advocate for change and improvement in local public education systems. But leaders in both organizations have charter school connections that appear to influence the groups’ activities, from educating eligible voters to endorsing candidates.

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Three Cheers for the Kids and Our Money

Richmond Confidential reporter Abner Hauge meets with education philanthropist Steve Chamberlin. Written and illustrated by Abner Hauge.

A comics-format examination of the power dynamics of Education Matters–a West Contra Costa County nonprofit funded by a local philanthropist–and its ability to influence school board elections and bring in charter schools.

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New scholarship helps Richmond college students

City Council members voted on November 17 to include all Richmond students in the Richmond Promise, a scholarship program to be funded by Chevron. (Photo by Angelica Casas)

The Richmond City Council voted Tuesday evening to include all of Richmond’s students in a new college scholarship program. Students who earn the scholarship will receive $1,500 per year, starting with high school graduates in 2016. The scholarship program known as the Richmond Promise is financed by a grant from Chevron Corp.

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Richmond Promise eligibility still on hold

Following a five hour long meeting Tuesday night, the Richmond City Council delayed voting on who to make eligible for the Richmond Promise scholarship program and how much money students would receive. Councilmembers had trouble reaching consensus on how to expand eligibility and set scholarship levels without running out of money too quickly.

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