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District, Union Face Opportunity from 24th Street Trigger

Samantha Oltman | January 24, 2013

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“For the first time since the era of school reform began, the Los Angeles Unified School District has accepted a petition from angry parents demanding ‘immediate and significant’ change in a public school,” began host Warren Olney on KCRW’s To the Point last night.  The show featured LA School Report contributor Hillel Aron with a panel of advocates, charter operators, and parents.

Key points of the discussion included the warm reception given the parents by LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy, the mixed reception from UTLA President Warren Fletcher, and the issue of whether it would be better for 24th Street Elementary School to be turned into a charter or improved within the district.

“The objective here is not to have more charters,” said Green Dot CEO Marco Petruzzi, one of the panelists on the show.  “The objective is to have great schools… It’s great that the district and even Warren Fletcher has embraced the fact that they need to make changes.”

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