A Broad Foundation plan to double the number of Los Angeles charter schools has sparked fierce pushback by the teachers’ union, writes Richard Whitmire in Education Next.
The $490 million proposal, which aimed to enroll half the district’s students in charter within eight years, was leaked last fall.
Not surprisingly, United Teachers of Los Angeles is using the plan “to pursue the national anti-charter theme of billionaires trying to privatize public schools,” writes Whitmire.
Teachers voted a big increase in union dues to fight charter expansion.
Los Angeles charter schools “are among the best in the nation at helping low-income minority students succeed in school,” Whitemire writes.
In 2014, Stanford’s CREDO found that L.A. charter-school students, on average, gained the equivalent of 50 additional days of learning per year in reading and 79 additional days in math, compared to district school students.
Currently, about one in five students in the district goes to a charter.
In some cities, parents can fill out one application to apply for district and charter schools. Superintendent Michelle King is working on “creating a unified application system for district schools only,” reports Ed Week.