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
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
Commentary: Communities must hold school boards, authorizers accountable to ensure quality education
By James L. Woodworth The ultimate goal for an education system is to enable individuals to become happy, engaged, productive members of society. Unfortunately, at this time, measuring happiness, productivity, and civil contribution of individuals is difficult. Tracing those measurements back to the schools attended by an individual is practically impossible. Thus, researchers and other...
By Guest Contributors | August 17, 2017 3:56 pm
New charter high school prepares LA students for film and TV careers
*UPDATED Charis Holloman walked onto the campus of his new school Tuesday and didn’t even look back to say goodbye to his parents. “He’s excited,” Suzette Holloman said of her son’s independence as he started ninth-grade. Teachers and school staff greeted students with applause, cheers, handshakes, and fist bumps as they arrived for the first...
By Sarah Favot | August 15, 2017 4:23 pm
Summit charter schools launch nation’s first teacher residency program for personalized learning
A network of charter schools in Northern California this month will launch the nation’s first teacher residency program focused on personalized learning. Twenty-four teachers-in-training will be part of Summit Public Schools’ first Summit Learning Residency Program, which will train teachers to lead students in a personalized learning classroom setting, a hallmark of the Summit model....
By Sarah Favot | August 7, 2017 7:36 am