A Failing Charter Gets a Pass

We cannot truly have the impact charters were intended to have – to reinvent public education – if we do not close those charters that have demonstrated an inability to meet the challenge of excellence and chronically underperform.” – California Charter School Association (CCSA) According to the statistics provided by the CCSA, View Park Middle […]

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The Long Shadow of John Deasy

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it” – George Santayana It has been more than two years since LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy was forced to resign in disgrace. Unfortunately, the legacy that he has left for the District’s students echoes into the present day. After spending at least $189 million on […]

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The Fallacy of Charter School Oversight in L.A.

The October staff recommendations represent a fundamental and drastic departure from the Charter School Division’s expressed values of consistency and transparency, and the District’s historic focus on student outcomes as an authorizer.” -California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) Both El Camino Real Charter High School (ECRCHS) and Granada Hills Charter High School (GHCHS) were originally LAUSD […]

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The Absurdity of Charter School Oversight in L.A.

This is about the fact that they want to kill our charters and nothing more.” -Magnolia CEO Caprice Young The sky is falling.” -Chicken Little As usual, the LAUSD Board spent a significant portion of their time at Tuesday’s meeting ignoring the needs of students enrolled in District schools so they could focus on charter […]

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Education for Sale: Lack of Oversight

This is the second section of my paper: Education for Sale: LAUSD Throws the Fight in Its  Competition with Charters. The previous section can be found at: The Broad Way Towards Bankruptcy   On the other side of the equation, the CCSA has proven that they are more than willing to compete with the LAUSD […]

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Education for Sale: LAUSD and Proposition 39

This is the final section of my paper: Education for Sale: LAUSD Throws the Fight in Its  Competition with Charters. The previous section can be found at: Lack of Oversight   The CCSA has also shown a willingness to use the courts to gain the upperhand in its competition with public schools. It has been […]

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Putting Lipstick on the Prop 39 Pig

On June 21, 2016, the LAUSD School Board debated a resolution co-sponsored by Ref Rodriguez and Monica Garcia that would establish an “impartial group of District and charter school leaders” to make recommendations on improving “the process around successful co-locations”. Under the Improving the Policies and Practices Impacting Co-Located Public Schools resolution, the Superintendent would […]

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