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
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
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
Commentary: The 3 steps of co-creating an agenda with parents to achieve powerful, enduring change in education systems
Who owns the agenda for education change? It is not uncommon (and in fact it is encouraging) to hear education reformers proclaim: “We need to see parents exercise their power on education to achieve ‘X’!” But ‘X’ is often the agenda the speaker has — with good intentions — set. It may not be the...
By Alex Cortez and Yordanos Eyoel | October 4, 2017
‘A breakdown of the partnership’: LAUSD board denies high-performing charter school’s renewal
The LA Unified school board on Tuesday unanimously denied a renewal petition for a high-performing charter school, citing a breakdown of communication between the school and the district’s Charter Schools Division. Officials from Lashon Academy had tried to negotiate with the district around its special education policies, but the district said the charter school’s petition...
By Sarah Favot and Mike Szymanski | October 3, 2017
‘Exorbitant’ fees for a ‘dearth’ of special education services — An LA school may lose its charter for fighting back against LAUSD policies
An independent charter school says LA Unified charges too much for special education services and offers too little, so it wants to hold onto the option to get those services elsewhere. But because the San Fernando Valley school hasn’t indicated who will provide those services — and hasn’t promised to use LA Unified’s — it...
By Sarah Favot | October 2, 2017