August 19, 2010 CCSA and Camino Nuevo welcomed students to their first day of school at Jose A. Castellanos, one of the first Public School Choice schools to open its doors. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education President Monica Garcia were on hand to commemorate the occasion. The school's opening--and the entire Public School Choice (PSC) program--is an important step in education reform.
The PSC program, approved and implemented in 2009, calls for organizations that operate schools, including charter schools, to compete to run new and failing schools. An application and evaluation process is used to determine the best candidates to operate these schools. Last year, 13 charters applied for 18 new or consistently low-performing campuses as part of the first round of the PSC; Camino Nuevo, which operates Jose A. Castellanos, was one of five charter schools selected last February during Round One of PSC.
KPCC-FM toured the school, and submitted this piece. The L.A. Daily News explains in their article the importance of the campus as the second round of the PSC program quickly approaches. Daily News reporter Connie Llanos' piece can also be found in USA Today.
For Round Two of PSC, high-quality charters with proven academic track records and local educators have submitted letters of intent to compete to operate 17 of 18 campuses. The deadline to submit applications is December 1, 2010, and the Board is scheduled to make a decision in February 2011.
For CCSA's take on the opening of Jose A. Castellanos, and our desire for collaboration during Round Two of the Public School Choice process, read our press release. Mayor Villaraigosa's office also issued a press release.