The California Charter Schools Association is calling for the closure of 10 state charter schools including four in the Sacramento region.
The organization, which advocates for charter schools, said the charters of the California Aerospace Academy in McClellan, California View Charter in Antelope, West Sacramento Early College Prep Charter and Yuba County Career Preparatory Charter in Marysville should not be renewed.
Association officials say the schools do not meet the minimum criteria the organization has established for academic achievement. It will ask each charter's authorizer usually a school district or county office of education not to renew the school's charters.
"We cannot have an honest discussion about education reform and increasing accountability without closing the charters that have demonstrated an inability to meet the challenge of excellence granted to us by law and chronically underperform," said Myrna Castrejón of CCSA.
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan applauded the announcement Thursday. "Good charter schools are part of the solution, but bad charter schools are part of the problem," he said in a prepared statement.