Charter school scorecard: How the board voted Tuesday night
* UPDATED Five independent public charter schools were denied Tuesday night by the LA Unified school board. The board granted one petition of the nine schools on the special agenda that had been recommended for denial. Another school will likely keep its charter under a last-minute deal, and two were petitions withdrawn. Here is the action Tuesday...
By LA School Report | October 18, 2016
Record number of charter schools, all outperforming district schools, are recommended for denial this week
*UPDATED A record number of charter schools, all outperforming nearby district schools, have been recommended for denial by LA Unified staff when their petitions come before Tuesday’s school board meeting. More than 15,000 students could be affected by board decisions involving charter schools that are up for renewal or revision. Seven schools that have 6,730 students...
By Mike Szymanski | October 17, 2016
Credit recovery at charter schools: Higher grad rates mean less need for online makeup classes; pre-test bar is more stringent than LAUSD’s
*UPDATED While LA Unified is firmly committed to online credit recovery classes as a means to the district’s newly stated top goal — 100 percent graduation — Los Angeles charter school operators use these classes much more sparingly, as their graduation rates tend to be far ahead of the district’s. At three of the city’s...
By Craig Clough | October 10, 2016
Editor’s note: Magnolia Public Schools and Accord Institute
In stories last year and this, LA School Report followed a conflict between Magnolia Public Schools and LA Unified, which had wanted to close two Magnolia schools and deny renewal of another over financial concerns. The schools were allowed to remain open after a court intervened, setting forth certain stipulations. The district and Magnolia later...
By LA School Report | September 23, 2015
Improved credit for Magnolia schools opens door for expansion
Just one year after LA Unified attempted to shut down two of Magnolia Public Schools campuses over fiscal mismanagement, the embattled organization received a positive credit rating from Standard & Poor’s. The largest credit agency in the country lifted Magnolia’s rating to BB and revised its outlook from “negative” to “stable.” “This is wonderful news...
By Vanessa Romo | June 24, 2015
New chief of troubled Magnolia: ‘I’ve done this work before’
Long time education reform advocate, Caprice Young, is taking over the troubled Magnolia Public Schools charter network, but it won’t be official until a set of test results come in. “I’m waiting to get my tuberculouses results,” she said, laughing on a phone call from her office. “Then I can actually set foot on a...
By Vanessa Romo | January 9, 2015