Birmingham High School seeks charter status

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The Los Angeles Unified school board plans to vote this afternoon on whether Birmingham High School may operate as a charter. Board member Tamar Galatzan, who represents the San Fernando Valley, told KPCC’s Patt Morrison she’s very frustrated that schools don’t have enough autonomy to make needed reforms.

Tamar Galatzan: "The state has been incredibly reluctant to allow schools the flexibility, if they are not a charter school, to deal with budget, to deal with curriculum, to deal with class size, to deal with all of those issues. So, in some cases the state has really allowed us no other choice than to push schools to go charter to get some of those freedoms."

Birmingham High School is the biggest in LA Unified.