A new state agency, the Charter School Commission, is now
accepting applications, and it stands to get at least two from the Yakima Valley. One, from a group called Charter Schools of Sunnyside, last month held an informational meeting that attracted
about 50 people, including 15th District state Rep. Bruce Chandler. A second group, the Yakima-based Cesar Chavez Charter School Foundation, would gear its dual-language curriculum toward Latino
and migrant students. In addition, the West Valley School District is considering authorizing a charter school; under the initiative, school boards can convert a current school to a charter
school or set up a new school, and the schools would receive an allocation of state funding based on their student enrollments. Different approaches drive the two nonprofit proposals.
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PLACEMENT ON RATING WATCH
NEGATIVE On Aug. 30, 2013 Fitch published a press release relating to a Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Auditor General's Performance Audit for CCCS. At the time of publishing Fitch had not received
a response from the school's charter authorizer, Chester Upland School District (the authorizer, CUSD) regarding their assessment of the impact the audit (presented on Aug. 20, 2013) on CCCS'
operations. Subsequently, Fitch received notice from CUSD on Oct.
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