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LAUSD Board of Education debates Broad charter expansion plan




Lifestyle-education-US-writing A pupil practices cursive writing at Triadelphia Ridge Elementary School in Ellicott City, Maryland.
Lifestyle-education-US-writing A pupil practices cursive writing at Triadelphia Ridge Elementary School in Ellicott City, Maryland.
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LAUSD board member Scott Schmerelson wants the school board to sign a resolution that would put the district on record as opposing a plan currently being floated by the Broad Foundation to expand charters.

That expansion plan would double the number of charter schools over eight years at a cost about $500 million to up to 50% of all schools in the LAUSD. The authors envision as many as half of the LAUSD's students could be enrolled in the charter schools, which they see as an antidote to low-performing public schools.

Currently, about 16-percent of LA's public school students attend charters. Charter proponents hope to raise nearly half a billion dollars to provide charters for half of LAUSD's students. That's got the teacher's union and other charter skeptics like board member Schmerelson very concerned.

Would a dramatic increase in charters improve local students’ learning? What about those left on traditional campuses?

And as the district's enrollment declines, so too does state funding tied to student counts. The school district’s enrollment has already dropped by about 100,000 students in the last six years. Roughly half of that decline is due to students enrolling in charter schools, a panel reported at yesterday’s board meeting.

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Guests:

Scott Schmerelson, LAUSD board member representing District 3, which covers the western half of the San Fernando Valley;  he’s introduced a resolution calling on his colleagues to oppose the charter school expansion plan

Mónica García, LAUSD board member representing District 2, which includes Mid-City, Echo Park, and Downtown LA