Commentary: The LA teachers union has been trying to organize our charter school for 3 years. It’s enough. We’re not interested.
We, two public school teachers in Los Angeles, made a choice to teach at Alliance College-Ready Public Schools, the largest public charter network in Los Angeles. It was a deliberate decision rooted in our desire to make a life-changing difference in children’s lives, particularly children from traditionally disadvantaged communities. For both of us, this is...
By Daisy Jauregui and Cynthia Hacha | April 30, 2018
Exclusive analysis: New USC survey shows public support for charter schools has jumped 10 points in last year
For Democrats and Republicans alike, charter schools have long provided a happy compromise between vouchers for religious schools and no school choice at all. Charters give families an alternative schooling option but remain publicly funded, secular institutions authorized by government agencies. They have been warmly endorsed by Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama,...
By Paul Peterson and Albert Cheng | March 27, 2018
Even as UTLA looks to bolster declining union membership with push into charters, one school’s teachers voted to decertify after just two years
As the Los Angeles teachers union continues to try to organize educators at the city’s largest charter school network, teachers at one of the few independent charter schools that joined the union voted to leave it after less than two years because union officials were pushing their own agenda, according to interviews and documents reviewed...
By LA School Report | February 12, 2018
How a Blue Ribbon high school in downtown LA is daring its low-income Latino students to dream bigger — and guiding 87 percent of them into four-year colleges
*Updated Feb. 7 Jesús González Saucedo’s parents knew that even though he was born with a cleft palate that made it hard for him to speak, he could develop his potential and rise above the life they could offer him as street vendors. They just had to find the right school. “They had to sell...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | January 29, 2018
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
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
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
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
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
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