Great Public Schools Now announces $3.75M in grants available for LAUSD schools
Great Public Schools Now announced Thursday it will give up to $3.75 million in grant funds next year to expand up to five academically successful LA Unified school campuses in underserved areas — the nonprofit’s first partnership with the school district. GPSN launched its program in June, when it gave its first grants, totaling $4.5 million, to...
By Sarah Favot | September 29, 2016
Broad Foundation donates $1 million to LA public libraries
The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation announced Tuesday that it has donated $1 million to the city’s public libraries to fund technology purchases for the libraries’ after-school homework centers used by thousands of the city’s children and teens. The free after-school homework centers are located at 34 library branches throughout the city. The centers give students...
By Sarah Favot | August 30, 2016
IDEA Public Schools wins 2016 Broad Prize, as charter conference braces for life after Obama
IDEA Public Schools was awarded the $250,000 Broad Prize Monday for its efforts to inject hope and opportunity into the educational lives of some 24,000 mostly Hispanic and low-income Texas students in San Antonio, Austin and the Rio Grande Valley. Accepting the award, co-founder and CEO Tom Torkelson gave an impassioned speech in defense of the...
By Kathy Moore | June 27, 2016
JUST IN: Great Public Schools Now unveils plan to fund expansion of successful schools to serve 160,000 low-income LA students
*UPDATED A massive undertaking to increase access to high-quality education for tens of thousands of low-income students in Los Angeles was revealed today in a long-awaited plan by Great Public Schools Now, a well-funded nonprofit organization formed last year. The goal is to expand access for 160,000 students GPSN has identified as attending failing schools in 10...
By Craig Clough and Sarah Favot | June 15, 2016
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3 finalists named for 2016 Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools
Three charter management organizations (CMOs) were named as finalists for the 2016 Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools, the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools and The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation announced today. The finalists are Success Academy Charter Schools in New York, IDEA Public Schools and YES Prep Public Schools. IDEA and YES Prep are in...
By Craig Clough | May 18, 2016
The research missing from the LA charter debate? 3 key studies show gains for students
In Los Angeles, a leaked draft of a plan to dramatically expand charter school access in America’s second-largest school district has become a lightning rod development for advocates of traditional public schools. The war of words intensified last week at the Huffington Post when American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten attacked LA charter expansion as “part of a coordinated national...
By Matt Barnum | April 21, 2016
Students, educators rally for public education across LAUSD
As part of demonstrations taking place at schools around LA Unified and in cities across the country, a group of roughly 100 protesters made up of parents, students, district leaders and politicians gathered outside Hamilton High School Wednesday morning to rally in support of public education. “Every day at this school I’m exposed to someone with different...
By Mike Szymanski | February 17, 2016
‘Difficult conversation’ on charters finally comes to LAUSD board
After three revisions, a resolution aimed at curtailing future charter school expansion in LA Unified is finally coming before the school board for a vote on Tuesday. While the measure is largely symbolic in that it cannot change policy regarding charter growth — that is a state matter — it’s a way to open a “difficult conversation...
By Mike Szymanski | January 8, 2016
New group (nee Broad) cites the kind of LAUSD schools it wants to copy
Great Public Schools Now, the outside group seeking to expand the number of LA Unified schools serving students in high-poverty neighborhoods, has released a list of district schools — most of them charters — that represents “the kinds of schools” the organization intends to replicate in the years ahead. The new group, an outgrowth of...
By LA School Report | December 7, 2015
Charter group tells LAUSD board contribution process was lawful
The executive director of the state charter schools political action committee sent an email to the LA Unified school board and other district officials yesterday, offering a sharp response to a story in the Los Angeles Times that was highly critical of the group’s campaign finance reporting practices. “I am reaching out to you to ensure that...
By Craig Clough | December 3, 2015