Los Angeles Unified is exploring conversion to an all-charter school district, but the school board’s real goal seems to be gaining more autonomy to compete with expanding charters, reports the Los Angeles Times.
“It’s not fair that the current system provides autonomies to the charter schools and not to traditional public schools,” board member Monica Ratliff said.
Charter schools will have space for half the district’s students, if the Broad Foundation’s eight-year expansion plan becomes a reality.
Converting the huge district to charters would require state approval and the support of a majority of teachers.
Richard Vladovic, another board member, said the chances of L.A. Unified becoming an all-charter district were “slim and none.”