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December 7, 2010 PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
December 7, 2010

Contact: Sierra Jenkins, CCSA
213-256-9489
sjenkins@calcharters.org

Contact: Robert Alaniz, LAUSD
213-241-6766
communications@lausd.net

LOS ANGELES, California (December 7, 2010)

Los Angeles is one of nine cities whose leaders announced today that the school district and charter school community have signed an agreement to work together to ensure all students have the opportunity to attend high-quality public schools in their neighborhoods. The Los Angeles Board of Education passed the Quality Schools Compact on November 30, a collaborative effort between the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and local charter public schools.

"They are all our students whether they attend a traditional school, a charter school, a pilot school or any other publicly funded school authorized by the Los Angeles Unified School District," said Superintendent Ramon C. Cortines. "We want the best for all of our students."

To date, 137 charter schools have signed on to the Quality Schools Compact, representing 52,000 students who live within the boundaries of LAUSD. "This is a tremendously exciting collaboration between LAUSD and the charter community," said Jed Wallace, President of the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA). "We at CCSA are pleased to have been part of this work and commend LAUSD and L.A. charter leaders for their efforts to make today's Board action possible. This is a huge step in the right direction--of putting students first and working together to ensure that all students in Los Angeles receive a high-quality public school education."

The Quality Schools Compact effort is an outgrowth of a roundtable discussion that occurred last February between 13 major urban school district superintendents matched with charter leaders from each of those cities. Each of the participating cities will be eligible for a modest investment from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to advance the work outlined in the Compact.

The Los Angeles Quality Schools Compact outlines 11 bold ideas that will help accelerate the success, growth and sustainability of high-quality public schools. They include:

  • Working jointly to establish a low and high bar for academic performance to ensure clear measures of
  • Commissioning a joint study to identify best practices for serving English Language Learners and Standard English Learners
  • Moving forward on a reorganization plan for the District's Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA)
  • Working together on a joint advocacy agenda
  • Creating professional learning communities with teachers from both charter and traditional public schools

Click here to view the Quality Schools Compact

Click here to see a list of charter school signatories to the Compact.

About the California Charter Schools Association
The California Charter Schools Association is the membership and professional organization serving 912 charter public schools in the state of California. The Vision of the California Charter Schools Association is to usher in a new era in public education so all students attend independent, innovative, accountable schools of choice. The Mission of the California Charter Schools Association is to influence the legislative and policy environments, leverage collective advocacy, and provide resources to support our members in developing and operating high quality, charter schools reflective of California's student population. For more information, please visit www.calcharters.org.

About the Los Angeles Unified School District
LAUSD, the second largest school district in the nation, enrolls more than 600,000 students in Kindergarten through 12th grade who attend more than 800 schools within boundaries stretching 720 square miles.

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