April 16, 2012: One element of the law passed in California in 1992 creating charter schools was the idea that charters would serve as educational laboratories, discovering effective practices that districts could then adopt.
Roberta Benjamin, Los Angeles Superintendent for Aspire Public Schools, says that hasn't always happened seamlessly, but LAUSD's Public School Choice reform initiative was a unique program through which charters and the district worked together.
Aspire was an active participant in this reform and runs several schools under the program. Dr. Benjamin talks about how she hopes districts and charter schools can continue to collaborate to provide students a great education.
Learn more about Public School Choice.