LA charter schools risk denials by LAUSD rather than accept ‘bureaucratic demands’
*UPDATED An unprecedented number of charter school petitions could be denied next week because Los Angeles charter leaders are standing up against district policies they say require increasing amounts of time and money to satisfy and take away resources from the classroom. While the district says the policies are needed to hold charter schools accountable, a...
By Mike Szymanski and Sarah Favot | November 2, 2017 8:00 pm
LA charter is closing the ‘savvy gap’ for poor and immigrant students through high school internships
High school seniors at Academia Avance, an independent public charter school in northeast Los Angeles, show up to school looking like they’re headed to work. That’s because they are. Three days a week, all students in the senior class head off to internships where they are mentored by medical, legal, and business professionals. “Privileged kids...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | October 23, 2017 9:01 am
Documents: Here are Ref Rodriguez’s checks and the conflict-of-interest complaint against him
Partnerships to Uplift Communities, the charter school network co-founded by school board member Ref Rodriguez, released 109 pages of documents Wednesday relating to its conflict-of-interest complaint filed against Rodriguez. PUC alleges that Rodriguez illegally authorized $285,000 in payments to nonprofit organizations he oversaw during his tenure at PUC, as first reported Monday by the Los Angeles Times....
By Sarah Favot | October 18, 2017 4:04 pm
Charter schools are negotiating with LAUSD on major revisions to school renewal petitions
* UPDATE For the first time since LA Unified began authorizing independent charter schools, a charter school coalition is asking for major revisions in language and restrictions in their school petitions. And the school district seems more open than ever to making those compromises. Both sides say the changes are not aimed at increasing the...
By Mike Szymanski | October 17, 2017 7:46 am
A similar past, a hoped-for future: Two lawyers each strive to open their own LA charter schools
Update: Los Angeles County’s board of education on Tuesday denied Denon Carr’s charter application but urged him to make changes to the proposal and resubmit it as quickly as possible to either the Inglewood School Board or the state board. Carr says he will appeal, though he is not yet sure to which entity. For...
By Beth Hawkins | October 16, 2017 7:44 am
New data: Where are the charter schools in LAUSD?
LA Unified has more charter schools than any other school district in the nation, and an internal report presented this week had some interesting facts, including where most of them are located. Although common thought among some parents is that independent charter schools are located in wealthier communities, the statistics show that more than half...
By Mike Szymanski | October 5, 2017 3:51 pm