November 2, 2011
For Immediate Release
Contact: Sierra Jenkins, CCSA
On Aug. 30, the Los Angeles Unified School District board made major changes to the Public School Choice reform initiative which the charter school community and a coalition of community groups opposed. The changes were contingent on negotiations that had to conclude by Nov. 1.
Jed Wallace, president and CEO of the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA), has released the following statement:
"All of us who are committed to improving LA's schools are pleased that LAUSD's Public School Choice (PSC) process is now back in full effect. With the process moving forward again, we can all focus on PSC's original purpose - to reduce the achievement gap among students from low income and disadvantaged backgrounds - a goal shared by parents, teachers, community groups, charter schools and the district alike.
Recent test scores show that Public School Choice is working. The charter schools authorized in the first round of PSC have already produced a substantial improvement in their students' performance.
Charter operators look forward to offering innovative proposals for schools in underserved communities, and we're appreciative that these proposals will once again be considered."
About Public School Choice
In 2009, the Los Angeles Unified School District board passed Public School Choice (PSC), an unprecedented initiative to reform the operation of new schools and turn around the lowest performing schools in the district. PSC allows non-district school operators - like charter schools, teacher teams, and community groups - the opportunity to run these schools. Learn more.
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.