Charter advocates hope to create 260 new charter schools in Los Angeles with space for half the district’s students, reports the Los Angeles Times. The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation and others want to raise $490 million to double the number of charter schools and add 130,000 students in the next eight years.
Currently, 16 percent of LA students are enrolled in charter schools.
There will be plenty of political opposition, of course. The school board is divided. The teachers’ union picketed the opening of Broad’s new art museum in protest.
“Billionaires should not be running public education,” said United Teachers Los Angeles President Alex Caputo-Pearl said.
In an editorial, the Times endorsed the idea, citing Stanford studies that show “significantly better academic outcomes” for Los Angeles charter students compared to similar students in traditional district schools.
Creating so many schools so quickly will be a huge challenge. Where will they find 260 principals capable of launching new schools? Can they find enough good teachers? I have a feeling the grand plan will need to be scaled down.