More LA Schools Convert To Charters As Funds Dip

LOS ANGELES (AP) — More traditional neighborhood schools are looking to operate as charters because they can get huge increases in funding as well as flexibility in how they use it.

The latest example is El Camino Real High School, one of Los Angeles Unified School District’s star schools.

Although conversions are holding steady at about 10 percent of new charters nationally, in California they’re on the rise. Long a forerunner in the charter school movement, the Golden State saw a jump in the number of conversions from six in 2009 to 16 in 2010, according to the California Charter School Association.

It’s a troubling pattern for school districts — every student enrolled in a charter means a funding loss, and defections of their own schools and principals are a blow to district esteem.

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  • Jay T

    Bust up the school districts under union rule…….. game over they have created a mess we the people must clean.

  • CC.Carnes

    Money and esteem? Maybe if the LAUSD cared more about the students and less about their pride and pocketbooks, this wouldn’t be happening.

  • AmericanTeacher

    It is cheaper to outsource education to charter school operators especially foreign ones. The Gulen Movement has done an exceptional job of teaching on the cheap with their 122 Charter Schools.
    In Los Angeles they are called Magnolia Science Academy, under direction of exiled Islamic Imam Fethulah Gulen. Children are even learning Turkish language and travel to Turkey and learn more about Hizmet.
    If you are curious about researching these schools learn what Ex-FBI Turkish Translator Sibel Edmonds and writer Dr. Aland Mizell have to say about the Gulen Movement.

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