Replicating success

Most new charter schools in Los Angeles are replicating successful programs. Statewide, half of new charters are opening in LA, San Diego and Oakland, where dissatisfaction with traditional schools is high.

LA school board members are huffy over evidence that charter middle and high schools outperform district-run schools.

“I think it’s basically unfair to compare an entity that is able to take their entire budget and focus it entirely on their own schools,” (board member Jon Lauritzen) said. “They have some real advantages over our schools in the flexibility of actually providing the type of education that a particular community wants, whereas we are trying to provide a curriculum that works for everyone all across the school district.”

Why doesn’t LA Unified try “actually providing the type of education that a particular community wants” in all its schools? It’s not that parents’ desires are all that varied and exotic. They want schools that educate their children so they can have choices in life. The district could replicate successful models too.

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