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Among groups vying to takeover 'Parent Trigger' elementary school: LAUSD

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Parents of children at 24th Street Elementary held up placards for passing motorists as they descended upon LAUSD headquarters Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013 to deliver a petition to take over the failing school.

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

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What's happening at today's LAUSD board meeting

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It's the first week of school after the holidays for LAUSD students (welcome back), and board members will also be returning to work with today's first board meeting of the new year.

A few scheduled highlights:

• Supt. John Deasy will give an update on the district's budget situation. This was supposed to be the day Gov. Jerry Brown unveiled his proposed 2012 budget. But with its accidental release last Thursday, today's meeting is going to instead deal with the response. LAUSD spokesman Tom Waldman said we should hear about some ways the district is looking to raise revenue.

• The board will also deal with two resolutions that both seek to remedy the district's declining enrollment numbers.

One resolution (which will be introduced today in advance of a vote next week) proposes to do away with the enrollment boundaries for L.A. Unified neighborhood schools to give parents more flexibility and allow them to select a school within the district that fits their child's needs.

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