Great Public Schools Now announces $3.75M in grants available for LAUSD schools
Great Public Schools Now announced Thursday it will give up to $3.75 million in grant funds next year to expand up to five academically successful LA Unified school campuses in underserved areas — the nonprofit’s first partnership with the school district. GPSN launched its program in June, when it gave its first grants, totaling $4.5 million, to...
By Sarah Favot | September 29, 2016
Commentary: Time to end the great charter school debate in Los Angeles and create great public schools now
By Caroline Bermudez More than once in California, it has taken a major lawsuit to try to propel long-awaited change for its schools. In 1999, the State Allocation Board was sued because of overcrowding in Los Angeles public schools. Last year, a coalition of groups brought a lawsuit accusing the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD)...
By Guest contributor | June 20, 2016
A mother’s journey to find the best schools for her kids: The story behind new school expansion group’s ad campaign
Maria Silva worked hard to find the right schools for her kids. As a stay-at-home mom, she could spend the time and effort it took to research schools and she was willing and able to drive her daughter from their home in Bell to downtown Los Angeles to attend a magnet high school. A mother of...
By Sarah Favot | June 17, 2016
Excelentes escuelas públicas develan un plan para financiar la expansión de escuelas exitosas que prestarán servicios a 160,000 estudiantes de bajos recursos en la.
Un emprendimiento masivo para aumentar el acceso a una educación de alta calidad para decenas de miles de estudiantes de bajos recursos en Los Angeles fue revelado hoy a través de un esperado plan de Great Public Schools Now (GPSN, Excelentes Escuelas Públicas Ahora), una organización sin fines de lucro que recibe una buena cantidad...
By Craig Clough and Sarah Favot | June 17, 2016
‘The challenge and the urgency are huge.’ Leader of Great Public Schools Now outlines the path ahead
Myrna Castrejon, who was named executive director of Great Public Schools Now in January, was thrust into the spotlight this week with the release of the organization’s plan to increase access to high-performing schools for 160,000 students it identified as attending failing schools in poor areas. Castrejon came from the California Charter Schools Association, where...
By Sarah Favot | June 16, 2016
LA education leaders react to Great Public Schools Now’s plan to expand successful schools
The much-anticipated Great Public Schools Now (GPSN) plan to expand successful schools in the Los Angeles area was released today, and education leaders are weighing in. GPSN says it will fund the expansion and replication of successful schools in 10 high-needs neighborhoods, including charter schools, magnet schools, pilot schools and Partnership for Los Angeles Schools...
By Craig Clough and Sarah Favot | June 15, 2016
Where is the new money for schools going? A look at the 10 neighborhoods in the Great Public Schools Now plan
*UPDATED A plan unveiled today by Great Public Schools Now identifies 10 low-income neighborhoods where the nonprofit will focus its efforts on expanding access to high-performing schools for kids close to where they live. The neighborhoods were chosen after examining the performance of all LA Unified schools and independent public charter schools in the city...
By Sarah Favot | June 15, 2016
JUST IN: Great Public Schools Now unveils plan to fund expansion of successful schools to serve 160,000 low-income LA students
*UPDATED A massive undertaking to increase access to high-quality education for tens of thousands of low-income students in Los Angeles was revealed today in a long-awaited plan by Great Public Schools Now, a well-funded nonprofit organization formed last year. The goal is to expand access for 160,000 students GPSN has identified as attending failing schools in 10...
By Craig Clough and Sarah Favot | June 15, 2016
Students, educators rally for public education across LAUSD
As part of demonstrations taking place at schools around LA Unified and in cities across the country, a group of roughly 100 protesters made up of parents, students, district leaders and politicians gathered outside Hamilton High School Wednesday morning to rally in support of public education. “Every day at this school I’m exposed to someone with different...
By Mike Szymanski | February 17, 2016
Commentary: All families deserve good school choice options
By Shirley Ford I realized there was a problem as early as elementary school. I always knew that my boys were smart – they started reading me the newspaper in the evening when they were 6 years old – but they were clearly bored and not being challenged in school. Like so many young African-American...
By Guest contributor | February 12, 2016