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Aspire Accountability

Each Aspire school in California and Tennessee is governed by Aspire's Board of Directors, and each school strives for the same goal – educational excellence in preparing students for “College for Certain.” Aspire encourages all stakeholders – families, teachers, leaders, staff members, and community members – to participate in and take responsibility for the educational process. Every year, we compile information about our schools into accountability reports that capture progress across various metrics.

We invite you to view these reports on individual school sites.

CDE and Concerned Parent Association

There is ongoing litigation between the California Department of Education and the Concerned Parent Association. A notice issued by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson states, “The lawsuit accuses CDE of widespread, systemic non-compliance by local educational agencies with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504. The CDE denies these allegations and is actively defending the litigation.”

The court has ordered CDE to release student and parent information to provide personally identifiable information (PII) – an act that can only be taken as an exception to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). As a result, we are providing notice of the court order and directions to anyone wishing to object.

Please be advised that CDE will notify parents or students of whom are required to disclose information and those individuals may object directly to the court regarding this disclosure using the PDF link below:

http://www.cde.ca.gov/re/di/ws/documents/form2016jan26.pdf 

http://www.cde.ca.gov/re/di/ws/documents/form2016jan26-spanish.pdf

Aspire Student Growth Waiver Request

Notice is hereby given that Aspire Public Schools is requesting a waiver to the Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) for the requirement to implement teacher and principal evaluation systems based on 'student growth' as measured by state standardized tests. Aspire is accepting public comment on its proposed student growth measures for School Years 2015-16. Please submit all comments to:

Aspire Public Schools
Attention: Ben Crosby
1001 22nd Avenue
Oakland, CA 94606
TIF Student Growth Waiver Letter

Aspire Nutrition

Our policy regarding Aspire's free and reduced-price meal program is summarized below. For more information, please contact any of our school sites for a full copy of the policy.2015-16 Aspire Free and Reduced-Price Meal Information

Please click here for information regarding our nutrition program.

 

School Site Governance

Although Aspire is organized as a single 501c3 with a single Board of Directors, each individual Aspire school has an Advisory School Council (ASC) with decision-making authority over site-based decisions. The Council:

  • acts as an initial discipline review board;
  • addresses school safety issues;
  • reviews parental concerns;
  • determines budget priorities; and
  • sets policies that are unique to the school.

Key documents regarding Board of Directors' calendar, bylaws, agendas, and minutes can be found below.

The ASC consists of the principal, two teachers, two parents, one member of the chartering district’s Board, and one community member at large. The principal is responsible for communicating all ASC policy decisions to the Aspire Board of Directors. An Ombudsman serves as an objective, third party resource for parents or community members who wish to express a grievance to the Aspire organization about a particular charter school. Each Aspire charter chooses its Ombudsman, a respected community leader from each school’s local community. The Ombudsman uses his/her discretion to ameliorate specific parental concerns, and may choose to discuss the problem with the Aspire Board of Directors in serious cases.

Board of Directors Key Documents

Board Meeting Minutes and Agendas