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Broad charter plan could wipe out thousands of UTLA jobs

LA School Report | October 8, 2015



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By Howard Blume

If a proposal for a massive expansion of charter schools in Los Angeles moves forward, the casualties probably would include thousands of teachers who currently work in the city’s traditional public schools.

As new charters open, regular schools would face declining enrollment — and would need fewer teachers.

Under the $490-million plan being spearheaded by the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, 260 new charters would be opened in the city in eight years. The goal is to more than double the number of students attending these schools, which are independently run and mostly nonunion.

The plan talks about hiring from an expanded Teach For America and other groups that work with young, inexperienced instructors.

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