CCSA Statement on LAUSD's Public School Choice Vote

March 15, 2011

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PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release

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

Jed Wallace, President and CEO of the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA), released the following statement regarding the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education's Public School Choice Vote:

"Two years ago, the L.A. School Board created the Public School Choice process. In so doing, they made a statement that the traditional system is not working as well as it needs to and parents should be able to choose where their youngsters go to school."

"Today, the vision of reform they championed took a major step forward."

"Today, a majority of the Board said the interests of our children must come first - and the voices of our parents must be heard."

"Thanks to the School Board, almost 5,000 more Los Angeles children will now have the opportunity to attend charter schools with proven records of success and the proven ability to reduce the achievement gap that too often plagues children from low income families. We know that that their communities and parents are grateful to the Board."

"As is often the case when making change, we were not 100% successful today, and I want to acknowledge the extraordinary applications submitted by Granada Hills Charter High School, Partnerships to Uplift Communities, and Green Dot that were not approved by the School Board. We hope that the hundreds of teachers and parents who helped submit those applications will continue to participate in the Public School Choice process, and continue their work to fight for the needs of their communities and children."

"We are advocates for charter schools because we believe in the public school system. But we also believe that public schools need to be reinvented so they can do a better job of meeting the needs of all our children. Working in partnership with the District, charter schools are reinventing public education, and we thank the School Board for allowing us to do so."

Background information:

This past December, seven charter schools submitted applications for the opportunity to run the 10 new campuses and three low-performing schools identified under Public School Choice. Several submitted applications at multiple sites.

The Board approved applications from the following schools: Alliance for College-Ready Public Schools, Aspire Public Schools, Camino Nuevo, Green Dot, Partnerships to Uplift Communities, and Synergy Charter Academy.

In August 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.

About the California Charter Schools Association*

The California Charter Schools Association is the membership and professional organization serving 912 charter public schools and more than 365,000 students 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.

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