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Public School Choice 4.0

Samantha Oltman | October 25, 2012



The deadline for the fourth round of school proposals for Public School Choice (PSC) is due next week, on October 31.

LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy has identified 13 low-performing schools to participate in what is called PSC 4.0.  This is a decrease from the previous year, when 33 schools were part of the process.

Only in-district planning teams, made up of union-certified current or former LAUSD employees, are allowed to compete to manage a school turnaround.

PSC began in 2009 as an initiative to reform failing schools by opening up management to alterative operators, such as charter groups or teacher-led groups. The idea behind PSC was that whichever team submitted the best plan to transform a failing school would be awarded the chance to operate it.

According to this recent LA Times editorial (New schools = better student performance), PSC may have been a part of the academic improvements in LAUSD.

But as of last year, non-union operators were prohibited from participating in the PSC process after the teachers union won that as a key stipulation in its labor negotiations with LAUSD.  (See also KPCC: LAUSD & UTLA Reach Agreement Granting Wider Autonomy to All Schools on Teacher Placement and Budgets, and LAT: Individual Los Angeles Schools Gain New Autonomy.)

New plans for four additional schools will be submitted because Superintendent Deasy rejected last years’ proposals.  Click here for a list of schools that have participated in PSC over its history.

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