LAUSD’s ‘Promising Practices’ forum: Just ‘good vibes’ between district and charters or a new era?
There were plenty of kumbaya moments at the July 23 “Promising Practices” forum, called by LA Unified Superintendent Michelle King, leaving charter leaders cautiously optimistic it can lead to a new era of cooperation. More than 200 people from the LA Unified world attended the forum, which featured a series of workshops and discussion panels aimed...
By Craig Clough | August 9, 2016
Charter applications could provide insight on LAUSD board sentiments
* UPDATED Applications for six new charter schools will come before the LA Unified school board at its meeting tomorrow, the biggest wave of requests since the Broad Foundation proposed a plan to expand the number of charter schools in LAUSD. In addition, eight other charters are seeking renewals. While the board will not vote on...
By Mike Szymanski | December 7, 2015
Garcetti ambivalent on elections dates; AALA an early cheer on testing
As Los Angeles voters consider how to vote on two city charter amendments that would change the dates of city and LA Unified school board elections, one person they shouldn’t look to for guidance is Mayor Eric Garcetti. The measures would move the city and school board elections to November so that they would align...
By Craig Clough | February 12, 2015
Magnolia Charter troubles in LAUSD highlight larger concerns
Troubles encountered by the charter school operator, Magnolia Public Schools (MPS), at two of its eight charters in the LA Unified School District highlight a murky governance issue that legislatures in California and elsewhere have been slow to address. Should a parent company operate its charter school network as a single entity, as MPS does with...
By Jamie Alter Lynton | July 24, 2014
Magnolia going into court to keep 2 of its charters open
Magnolia Public Schools (MPS) is going into a Los Angeles superior court tomorrow to ask a judge to keep open two of its schools that LA Unified wants to close. The district denied the renewal applications for Magnolia Science Academies 6 and 7 after an independent audit determined that MPS is insolvent. The audit uncovered...
By LA School Report | July 23, 2014