LAUSD to charter schools: You’re not allowed in our new unified enrollment system
* UPDATED LA Unified is going to get its first phase of a unified enrollment system, but board members held up authorizing the cash for it until they added a stipulation that specifically excludes independent charter schools for at least two years. After a long and animated discussion at Tuesday’s meeting, the board — which...
By Mike Szymanski | June 14, 2017 2:24 pm
Pair of honors for KIPP LA: 2 teachers named national award-winners, and CREDO study cites learning gains
High academic expectations and an “alive” and engaged classroom with lots of student-teacher interaction are some of the hallmarks of Joshua Martinez’s East Los Angeles class, where he has taught fourth-grade for the last five years. Martínez has been named one of four winners of the 2017 Fishman Prize for his “superlative classroom practice” at...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | June 13, 2017 4:25 pm
Two Celerity charter schools lose final state appeal, will close this summer
Two charter schools under federal investigation were denied their last chance to appeal their charter petition by the California State Board of Education on Thursday, meaning they will close after the current school year. The unanimous vote against the two schools marks the end of a frustrating battle that escalated when the school petitions were initially rejected...
By Mike Szymanski | May 12, 2017 9:48 am
Meet the 3 new education advocates to be inducted into the national Charter School Hall of Fame
Three charter school advocates — Greg Richmond of the National Association of Charter School Authorizers, Caprice Young of Magnolia Public Schools, and Malcolm “Mike” Peabody of Friends of Choice in Urban Schools — have been chosen as this year’s inductees to the Charter School Hall of Fame, the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools announced...
By Kate Stringer | May 5, 2017 2:24 pm
Black Girls 6 Times as Likely to Be Suspended as Whites. ‘Let Her Learn’ Looks to Reverse the Trend
High School Sophomore Wins Google Contest — and $30,000 Scholarship — With Diversity Doodle
The Political Parallels and Contradictions of the School Choice, Food Choice — Er, Food Stamps — Debate
Commentary: Let’s reinstate LAUSD’s charter school leave
By Karin Kroener-Valdivia It’s National Charter Schools Week, and I’m remembering my first experience at a charter school. Fifteen years ago, after my fourth year of teaching in LA, I was burned out, exhausted from having my track constantly change and from moving rooms during the day without a classroom of my own. I came...
By Guest Contributor | May 4, 2017 2:14 pm
Commentary: East LA parents want quality public schools, regardless of school type
By Martin Capuchino This week is National Charter Schools Week, and though many of Los Angeles’ public charter schools serve children of color, the inaccurate dissemination of information regarding charter schools and traditional schools creates confusion in many communities — especially communities of color. During the summer of 2016, a group of students and I...
By Guest Contributor | May 3, 2017 12:43 pm