Two weeks ago, parents at 24th Street Elementary School felt like they were out of options. Today they have several.
Eight charter school operators submitted "Letters of Interest" vying to take over the failing school by the fall. Among them: L.A. Unified.
The offers started coming in almost immediately after neighborhood parents invoked the “Parent Trigger” law to take over the low-income school in South Los Angeles. Nearly two thirds of the school's parents signed the petition. It's the first attempt to use the controversial law in L.A. Unified since it was passed in 2010 – and could mark a turning point for parent-reform advocates.
Here’s a breakdown of the charter operators that met the Parent Union’s deadline for an application last Friday:
- Academia Moderna
- Crown Preparatory Academy
- Frederick Douglass Academy Elementary School
- Vista Academy Elementary School Global Education Academy
- Celerity Global Development
- Para Los Ninos
- Los Angeles Unified School District
- One was received from a former 24th Street Elementary School educator through an Education Management Organization
That's right: next to the last is L.A. Unified.
Lead parent coordinator, Amabilia Villeda, said she’s pleased the district has thrown its hat in the ring.
“Superintendent Deasy has made it clear he is committed to collaborating with us,” she said.
Villeda said Parent Union is asking for more detailed plans. Applicants have until March 8 to submit a Request for Proposal.
The parent takeover was backed by Parent Revolution, a well-funded education advocacy group that was instrumental in the first successful parent-takeover campaign at Desert Trails Elementary School in Mojave Desert.
The final selection will ultimately be made by a vote of the parents who signed the Parent Trigger petition as outlined by California’s Parent Trigger law.