LAUSD agrees to more consistency when tacking on additional requirements to charter renewals
LA Unified’s charter division agreed this week to be more consistent when making additional requirements of independent charter schools during their renewal process. School board vice president Nick Melvoin requested the change at Tuesday’s board meeting because he said the added requirements, known as benchmarks, were being applied unfairly to some schools that were showing...
By Mike Szymanski | December 7, 2017 3:02 pm
LA charter schools could suffer ‘devastating’ consequences under new GOP tax bill
When KIPP Academy of Opportunity in Los Angeles opened its doors at the start of this school year, its 400 students were, for the first time in several years, all under one roof. The school opened in 2003, but Los Angeles’s tight real estate market forced the network to split the students, fifth- through eighth-graders,...
By Carolyn Phenicie | November 21, 2017 8:15 am
LA charter schools win policy changes that give them more clarity, avoid most denials
LA Unified officials and school board members put politics aside Tuesday, agreeing to long-sought policy changes for charter schools and paving the way for unanimous board votes that ended up saving about a dozen independent charter schools from denials. The changes to the rules that govern charter schools and who can make those changes will...
By Sarah Favot | November 7, 2017 9:18 pm
Most charters were approved Tuesday, but here are the 3 that were turned down
*UPDATED Although the LA Unified Charter Division staff and school board approved last-minute wording that saves about a dozen other charter schools, three charters were rejected at Tuesday’s board meeting by unanimous votes. A military institute that shares space at Sun Valley High School, a 6-12 school that has a higher-than-average enrollment of special education students,...
By Mike Szymanski | November 7, 2017 8:52 pm
JUST IN: Late-breaking deal may reverse most denials of charter schools
A late-breaking deal between LA Unified officials and charter school leaders may result in staff reversing their recommendations of denial for 11 independent charter schools. KPCC reported late Monday that three unidentified sources confirmed the deal prior to Tuesday morning’s school board meeting where board members are to vote on the petitions of 34 charter schools. The...
By Mike Szymanski | November 7, 2017 8:42 am
Most charters facing LAUSD denials on Tuesday are outperforming their peers
Students at the majority of the charter schools that could be turned down Tuesday by LA Unified’s school board are performing academically above their peers in nearby schools. But that’s not what Tuesday’s debate will likely be about. State law says that student academic achievement is the most important factor in determining whether charter school...
By Sarah Favot | November 6, 2017 6:29 pm