LA County Board of Education deciding fate of 2 Aspire charters
Yana Gracile | April 15, 2014
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The LA County Board of Education is set to vote later today on whether to allow two top-performing charter schools to remain open.
The appeal was filed in February after two Aspire public charter schools in southeast Los Angeles — Aspire Antonio Maria Lugo Academy and Aspire Ollin University Preparatory Academy — were denied renewals by the LAUSD Board.
The denials came at highly-charged school board meeting in February when members clashed over how the schools get paid for students needing special services.
The decision shocked parents and community members because the schools are among the best in the city, both well above the state goal of 800 on the academic performance index.
Aspire is California’s largest charter organization, operating 12 schools in LAUSD.
Officials at Aspire say they are confident that the LA County Board of Education will do the right thing.
“We are hopeful the LACOE Board Members will approve Aspire’s appeal to continue to serve Huntington Park students and families” at the two schools, James Willcox, CEO of Aspire, told LA School Report.
“We have worked with board members and their staff over the past few weeks to demonstrate the high quality education all of our students are receiving at these schools,” he added. “Parents, students, teachers and community leaders have expressed their support for keeping these quality schools open.”