PRESS RELEASE: Holding Charters Accountable For the Public Funds That They Receive


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The LAUSD’s Charter School Division claims to provide “proactive and responsive” oversight. The facts show otherwise.

 Last Thursday, with the unanimous passage of the following resolution, the North Valley Democratic Club became the latest organization to express concern about the enrollment practices at Granada Hills Charter High School (GHCHS):

The North Valley Democratic Club expresses concern with the following discrepancies in demographics between Granada Hills Charter High School (GHCHS) and Northridge Academy High School (NAHS): Special Education (2012-13) GHCHS 6%, NAHS 14%; English Learners (2012-13) GHCHS 3%, NAHS 8%; Homeless Students (2015-16) GHCHS 0, NAHS 7; Free and Reduced Price Lunch (2012-13) GHCHS 49%, NAHS 65%. We ask that the LAUSD report on what steps the Charter School Division has taken to ensure that GHCHS is properly following the rules governing enrollment.

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A Charter School Violates Its Student's Privacy to Shame Parents Into Volunteering

Parent_Volunteer_Hours.pngAlliance Charters makes an end-run against the rules prohibiting them from requiring volunteer hours and possibly breaks another law in the process.

Read the article on K12 News Network's The Wire.

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The LAUSD Turns A Blind Eye as Charters Cherry-Pick Their Students

 

LAUSD’s Charter School Division’s Director provides false information to School Board during questioning as he claims proper oversight is provided.

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Standing Up For Our Public Schools

Bussed_In_Magnolia_Supporters.jpgThe charter industry is organized and prepared to flex its muscles to get its way. Where does that leave the students of public schools?

 

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What I Learned From Mandarin Class (Besides Mandarin)

By Sydney Thiroux/Granada Hills Charter High School

Syd.jpgI have been studying Mandarin since my freshman year at Granada Hills Charter High School (GHCHS). I am blessed to have had the most amazing Mandarin teacher throughout my high school career. Recently, my teacher, Ms. Chen, informed her four Mandarin classes that she would be leaving our school after the school year was over. She will be working at Geffen Academy, a grades 6-12 academy affiliated with UCLA, to build their Mandarin program.

Naturally, all of her students, including myself, were heartbroken. She was our favorite teacher. How could she just leave us? Learning Mandarin wouldn’t be the same without her.

Many high school students take a foreign language class just to fulfill a graduation requirement. Mandarin class became so much more than that to me. Here are a few of the things that I learned from that class, besides Mandarin:

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The Conman-In-Chief and His Unshakable Fans

I could stand in the middle of Fifth Ave. and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose any voters.

-Donald Trump

Head_Scarf.pngAccording to Republican mythology, Barack Obama’s relationship with Saudi Arabia was a disaster. Right-wing critics said that by allegedly bowing to King Abdullah, he was “bending over to show greater respect to Islam" and, thereby, “belittled the power and independence of the United States". In 2015, Donald Trump complained that Michelle Obama had “insulted” her Saudi Arabian hosts because she had “refused to wear a scarf.” Then-candidate Chris Christie called it an “embarrassment” when Saudi Arabia pulled out of a summit scheduled for Camp David and complained that “we’re not listening to them”. When Obama was snubbed by King Salman on his last visit to the Kingdom, Trump said: “It’s called no respect.”

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What the school board shift could mean for Michelle King, who was just named Superintendent of the Year

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JUST IN: Steve Zimmer concedes in LAUSD board race, Kelly Gonez leading in District 6

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The Politics of Retribution

A plan for ensuring best and fair practices for charter operators, including results that indicate positive impacts on the achievement gap, inclusion of all students, fair labor practices, and parent engagement practices.

-Steve Zimmer, 11/13/12

 Betsy Devos, Eli Broad, and Michael Bloomberg have spent millions of dollars pushing to privatize our public schools with disastrous effects for school districts like the LAUSD. Much of this spending is not used to benefit students in any way, but to influence elections. This spending has swelled to the point where once again Los Angeles has broken the record for “the priciest school board race in U.S. history.”

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You Can't Keep a Bad Charter Down

No question about @MagnoliaSchools academic superiority - questioning your reading skills.

-Alex Johnson, VP LA County Board of Education

 

Specifically, the CAASPP results in ELA and Math indicate that in both 2014-15 and 2015-16, 0% of the school’s English Learner (EL) population met or exceeded proficiency.

- LA County Office of Education Staff

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As the LAUSD prepared to take the unusual step of not renewing the charters of three Magnolia Science Academies last October, their chief executive claimed that “it would be wrong to punish kids [for poor management] by closing strong schools.” After the vote, the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) released a statement complaining that charters were no longer “evaluated mostly on the degree to which they were helping students learn.” Ignored by both parties was the fact that the CCSA itself had ranked one of these schools as a one out of ten, which in no way can be considered “strong”. The other two were at best average with ranks of four and six.

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