Parents, teachers and students vote on LAUSD campus reform plans

James A. Garfield High School in Los Angeles, Calif.
James A. Garfield High School in Los Angeles, Calif.

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Voting begins this morning as the Los Angeles Unified School District allows parents, teachers, and students to cast an advisory vote on which non-profit groups should run three dozen low-performing and new campuses.

The vote is part of the school board-approved Public School of Choice reform plan. The idea is to choose the turnaround plan for chronically low-performing campuses from among those that knowledgeable education groups have proposed.

Charter school groups, L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, and L.A. Unified’s teachers union have submitted proposals.

While the vote is advisory, L.A. Unified superintendent Ramon Cortines — who’ll make the final decision in three weeks — has said he’ll give strong consideration to the result of the vote.

The school district’s hired the League of Women Voters to run the election. Voting continues this afternoon from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until noon. The school district’s placed voting locations, sample ballots and other information online at www.lausd.net.