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December 1, 2010 PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
December 1, 2010

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

Contact: Vicky Waters, CCSA
(415) 505-7575
vwaters@calcharters.org

California Charter Schools Association, Los Angeles Charter School Leaders, and Parents Stand United as LAUSD's Public School Choice (PSC) 2.0 Gets Underway

Seven charter schools submitted applications to the LAUSD for PSC's new, focus schools; final board vote will be in February 2011

LOS ANGELES, California (December 1, 2010)

The California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) joined seven of the top charter schools in the Los Angeles area as they submitted their applications for schools identified by the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) for the second round of the Public School Choice initiative, also known as PSC 2.0.

Showing a united front, the seven charter schools applied for the opportunity to run a total of seven new campuses and one existing one for the 2011-12 school year.

In addition, CCSA and the charter applicants, as well as charter school parents, urged parents to get involved in this historic reform effort and for the LAUSD Board to remain impartial and fair as the process moves forward.

"Today, the PSC 2.0 process starts, and over the next two months, we commit to developing and helping to build community support for proposals that will offer greatly improved learning opportunities to historically underserved neighborhoods," said Jed Wallace, President and CEO of CCSA. "The charter school organizations applying in this round have proven track records of success in the communities where they are applying to operate schools, and we are hopeful that final decisions in February will indicate that the greater Los Angeles community is capitalizing upon the unique opportunity that the PSC process presents to significantly increase the number of students being served in high-performing public schools."

This year, 115 new charter schools opened statewide. Of those, 27 were located in LAUSD, for a total of 194 charter schools. That is the largest number of charter schools in a district of any state in the nation.

Applications to the LAUSD were due on Wednesday, December 1, 2010. A community advisory vote will take place in the last two weeks of January, with the LAUSD Board making a final decision on Tuesday, February 22, 2011.

The PSC 2.0 applicants include: Alliance for College-Ready Public Schools, Aspire Public Schools, Camino Nuevo, Granada Hills Charter High School, Green Dot Public Schools, Partnership to Uplift Communities and Synergy Charter Academy.

"My charter school colleagues know what an enormous challenge education reform has been. That's why we stand here, together, to ensure that charter schools are given a fair chance at running high-quality schools," said Dr. Jacqueline Elliot, founder of the charter applicant Partnerships to Uplift Communities. "The active participation of public charter schools in this second round of Public School Choice shows our commitment to working together with LAUSD to support the students of Los Angeles."

In addition to working with the applicant charter schools, the California Charter Schools Association is actively collaborating with Families That Can (FTC) in order to more effectively inform and engage parents and communities about the PSC 2.0 process.

"Families That Can was formed to empower parents and students, and give them a voice to demand high-quality education choices in their communities and neighborhoods," said Antwaune Goode, Executive Director of FTC. "This year we have a great opportunity to have parents whose youngsters are already being successfully served by charter schools educate other parents about the exciting new options that could be coming to their neighborhoods through the PSC process."

In August of 2009, the LAUSD Board voted in favor of the Public School Choice Resolution to reform the operation of the new schools and some of the lowest performing schools in the district. Last February, four out of the 13 charter applicants were selected in the first round, opening charter school opportunities to an estimated 2,000 students.

The timeline for the PSC 2.0 is as follows:

  • Dec. 1 - Applications due to the LAUSD
  • Jan. (3rd and 4th week) - Community advisory vote
  • Feb. 22 - LAUSD board vote on PSC 2.0

For more information and maps of the school sites, click here.

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 Families That Can

Families That Can is a community-based network of parents united to fight for high-quality public education choices and to be the voice for the children of California. Families that Can educates, empowers and mobilizes parents to hold our leaders accountable for ensuring every child has access to a high-quality public education. We advocate for quality public school choices, equitable treatment and resources for charter public schools, and the advancement and growth of successful charter schools.

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