Parents To Join LAUSD Debate Over Charter Schools

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — To charter or not to charter: that’s one of the options the Los Angeles Unified school board will consider on Monday as they decide the fate of 13 campuses.

The school board is expected to make decisions on operators of several charter campuses under the Public School Choice program, according to the LAUSD.

KNX 1070’s Jon Baird reports dozens of people camped out in anticipation of the special session to approve operators for ten new and three existing schools.

There’s growing support for the charter school option, which has a lot more flexibility and autonomy than a traditional district school.

But others who camped out overnight prefer public school plans, saying parents have more input.

The board meeting will begin at 9 a.m. at district headquarters, 333 S. Beaudry Ave., but the “public school choice” discussion was scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. during a special session.

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  • Jay T

    LA will get it wrong as does all California on education…. Charters are a start to a better education……

  • Gill

    That is easy to say when a Charter school cherry picks the best students. Has zero oversite.

    • Too Big To Faill LAUSD

      If my student has the drive and work ethic to be a better student but has to go to school at my old high school (Banning in Wilmington) then his potential might not be reached.. i would be so happy if a great school “cherry picked” my son so that he reaches a far better potential then so be it. he will be in a school where all of the other students are also determined to acheive and therefore will be at a greater advantage to learn than at most public schools where you have gang members selling drugs an bullying people. Why not let people “CHOOSE” where they want their own kids to go to school? why force someone to pay taxes for them to go somewhere bad? I dont care about some teachers salary/pension/retirement I care about my children. This is real!

      • bdj

        What about those children that are not picked by the school? Who will be willing to help them?

    • Charter

      Actually, I work for a Charter school and we do not “cherry pick” our students. We hold a lottery of names from the waiting list. Have you seen Waiting for Superman? It’s real. We do not discriminate nor do we choose who attends our school. Please check your facts before you comment on things you are uneducated about.

      • Peter

        Yeah but Ur charter school has an easy “trigger” to expule any of he rotten ones, so in the long run Ur school is picking. Take a closer look buddy. I’ve taught at a charter myself. Eventually, all charters cherry pick or weed out the tough kids in a heart beat. Meanwhile, public schools can’t do the same.

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