L.A. Times Response: Cheating is Unacceptable and Inexcusable

March 3, 2011

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Re: L.A. school board to close six charter schools caught cheating (March 2, 2011)

I am writing to make clear the California Charter Schools Association's position on yesterday's board action to initiate revocation proceedings against Crescendo charter schools. Cheating is completely unacceptable and inexcusable in any school and we are in complete support of the LAUSD board's decision.

CCSA does not only stand for accountability in fiscal and governance matters, but is taking the lead on increasing academic accountability for schools. Last month, we issued our first "Portrait of the Movement" report, analyzing the performance of all charter schools in California, highlighting schools that are posting phenomenal results, as well as those with unacceptably low scores. To that end, we also commend the LAUSD board for voting yesterday to close Cornerstone Prep School in Florence, one of 33 schools statewide that CCSA identified as having persistently low academic performance in our report.

CCSA will not support any school's renewal if they are not delivering on the promise of a high-quality education to the students they serve. We look forward with working hand in hand with LAUSD to hold all public schools accountable to the highest ethical standards and to ensuring every student in Los Angeles receives a high-quality public education.

Jed Wallace
President and CEO
California Charter Schools Association

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