Charter schools are the way to go, writes Jed Wallace, president of the California Charter Schools Association, in the Los Angeles Daily News.
More than 70 percent of charter schools in Los Angeles outperform their nearby district public schools. This past week, 10 of Los Angeles’s 12 recently recognized California Distinguished Schools were charter schools. On a statewide level, 12 of the state’s 15 highest-performing public schools serving low-income students are charter schools.
However, charter school expansion has been slowed by lack of access to school facilities funding, Wallace writes. Alliance College-Ready Public Schools built a math/science charter school for “one-third the cost of a typical district facility project” with no public funding. LA would get more quality schooling for the dollar if successful charter operators could access school bond funds, he argues.