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
Commentary: Nick Melvoin and Kelly Gonez need to take the lead now in changing the caustic divisions in LAUSD around charter schools
On November 7, Los Angeles Unified’s two newest board members will face early tests of their commitment to changing the district’s culture as it relates to how it views and relates to the charter schools it authorizes. The LAUSD staff is recommending the board vote to close highly successful, existing charter schools serving thousands of...
By Chris Bertelli | November 6, 2017 7:52 am
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