How an LA high school raised its test scores, despite an international ‘incident’
When Principal James Lee learned that his students at Sylmar Charter High School had among the biggest jumps in state test scores in the local school district, he was thrilled but surprised, because they managed to pull it off despite a well-publicized lunchtime brawl that erupted on campus right in the middle of testing. He credits the...
By Mike Szymanski | October 13, 2016
LAUSD independent charters outperform traditional schools on state tests
For the second year in a row, LA Unified’s independent charter schools outperformed the district’s traditional schools on California’s standardized math and English language arts (ELA) tests, according to data released Monday by the California Charter Schools Association. The district’s magnets topped both. The district’s independent charters saw 46 percent of its students meet or...
By Craig Clough | August 30, 2016
The elementary school-turned-affiliated charter that became so popular parents fake their addresses
LA Unified has so many different kinds of schools it’s hard to keep them all straight. With such varied terms as affiliated charter, independent charter, magnet school, pilot school, continuation school, option school and others, it can be a challenge to understand what they are, what they offer and how they differ. This is the third...
By Mike Szymanski | July 11, 2016
Does ‘charter’ make you look smarter? Principal of LAUSD’s newest affiliated charter says yes
This is part of an LA School Report series taking an in-depth look at the different categories of schools that exist within the massive LA Unified school district. (Read more on affiliated charters: A successful model on its way out? and The elementary school-turned-affiliated charter that became so popular parents fake their addresses) (Read the series on magnet...
By Mike Szymanski | June 2, 2016
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Affiliated charters: A successful model on its way out?
LA Unified has so many different kinds of schools it’s hard to keep them all straight. With such varied terms as affiliated charter, independent charter, magnet school, pilot school, continuation school, option school and others, it can be a challenge to understand what they are, what they offer and how they differ. This is the...
By Mike Szymanski | May 31, 2016
More Schools Rush to Embrace Change in LA Unified*
*Oops. In a previous version of this story the chart mistakenly used “district control” instead of “district autonomy,” reversing the meaning of the graphic. Apologies to our readers. The Los Angeles public school landscape is undergoing an unmistakable shift, with schools adopting new models that ultimately will result in students getting more choices. In a...
By LA School Report | August 20, 2013
More Affiliated Charters on the Horizon?
In early October, LAUSD board member Tamar Galatzan told us about “middle-class schools that don’t qualify for Title I anti-poverty dollars,” and that a lot of them “are becoming affiliated charters in order to get access to additional funds.” (See: Board Member Galatzan Tells (Almost) All.) There are 42 “affiliated charters”, schools which operate within the UTLA contract, but...
By Hillel Aron | October 19, 2012