One of LA’s first inner-city charter schools celebrates 20 years — and is proud to keep ‘Watts’ in its name
*UPDATED When Gene Fisher opened an independent public charter school in September 1997 in Watts, it shared a one-room bungalow in a housing project with the Urban League State Preschool. Fisher quickly realized that recruiting kids from rival gangs was not going to happen. So he moved his two kindergarten students and tiny staff, ending...
By Mike Szymanski | September 11, 2017 8:00 am
The trailblazers: Of the first 40 charter schools in LAUSD, half are still open
California school districts started authorizing independent charter schools in 1993. The reformers who created them were inspired to try a different model of public education — one they believed had the potential to better serve disadvantaged, low-income students who were disproportionately stuck in lower-performing schools. Public charter schools were granted flexibilities to have a longer...
By Mike Szymanski | September 11, 2017 7:50 am
Super Schools highlighted in prime time call to action to rethink America’s high schools
Education reform made prime time Friday night with a slew of celebrity guests to promote the XQ Super School Project. The hour-long special aired on all four major TV networks to inspire people to become involved in rethinking the high school experience for the nation’s teenagers. EIF Presents: XQ Super School Project aired live from...
By Sarah Favot | September 8, 2017 10:21 pm
Celerity charter revamps management structure and seeks approval by LAUSD and state board next week
Celerity Educational Group, which operates seven Los Angeles-area independent charter schools, has untangled its complicated management structure that had been the subject of a lengthy investigation by LA Unified. Next week, the LA Unified school board will vote on material revisions to the charters of the four Celerity schools it oversees which spell out the new management...
By Mike Szymanski | September 7, 2017 4:59 pm
What’s next for Dreamers? 7 things to know if you’re a DACA recipient
The day Dreamers have feared became a reality on Tuesday when the Trump Administration decided to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Starting this week, DACA recipients, known as Dreamers, will lose their protections when their permits expire unless Congress acts before the program ends in March. What does the end of DACA mean for Dreamers?...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | September 7, 2017 3:27 pm
When you forget to pay the bill — why LAUSD.net went down
Labor Day weekend was labor-intensive for thousands of teachers who had to get their grades in by Tuesday using a new grading system. But when they went to sign in at LAUSD.net, the site was down. Not just down. The domain name showed that “lausd.net has expired.” Had the budget woes become so severe that...
By Mike Szymanski | September 6, 2017 3:31 pm