April 4, 2011 UPDATE: Some schools have been removed from Public School Choice 3.0, including Central Region Elementary #22, which had several charter school applicants. For the latest details, visit our Public School Choice page.
The third round of Public School Choice has officially kicked off with potential applicants submitting letters of intent for 39 schools projected to serve over 50,000 students at 17 new campuses and 22 "focus schools," which are under-performing existing schools.
The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) board passed Public School Choice (PSC) resolution in 2009. This unprecedented initiative to reform the operation of new schools and turn around the lowest performing schools in the district allows non-district school operators - like charter schools, teacher teams, and community groups - the opportunity to apply to run schools.
The first two rounds of PSC included over 30 schools, many of which are now being run by some of the highest-performing charter operators in Los Angeles.
A total of 13 charter school operators in Los Angeles put in letters of intent for schools in the third round of PSC. This is just the first step in a process that will continue with community input and the drafting of detailed educational plans throughout the summer and fall. School plans are due to the district on October 14; then the superintendent and the LAUSD board will review the applications, likely making a final decision in early 2012. The schools are scheduled to open in fall 2012.