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Charter Schools: Division in Some Communities, Others Begin to Embrace the Independent Campuses

The spread of charter schools throughout the East Bay and California is often viewed as a blessing or curse, depending on whom you ask.

In West Contra Costa County, where charters are still fairly new, some school district officials consider them unwelcome invaders that drain students and funding. But in Oakland, which has a long history of charters and a few highly successful schools that are considered models of the movement, district officials and charter school operators are finally settling into a more collaborative and symbiotic relationship.