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LAUSD resolution on expansion of charter schools by board member Steve Zimmer

LAUSD resolution on expansion of charter schools by board member Steve Zimmer

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Published by: Los Angeles Daily News on Oct 09, 2012
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Updating Charter Authorizing and Oversight (revised)Mr. Zimmer Whereas, every child in Los Angeles has the right to an outstanding public school thatensures he or she graduates ready for college and career;Whereas, every family in Los Angeles has the right to choose the public school andinstructional program that is best for their child;Whereas, charter schools were designed to be incubators for instructional change whose best practices could be shared to achieve transformation throughout the public schoolsystem;Whereas, it is in the public interest to balance the benefits of increasing choice with theequally important goal of ensuring access to quality educational programs for all students;Whereas, there are now 110,000 students attending independent charter schools in LosAngeles Unified School District representing close to 15% of the total LAUSD enrollment;Whereas, in the past, charter schools have not always submitted data and information in atimely manner;Whereas some charter schools have policies regarding student discipline, enrollment,facilities, staffing and parent engagement that are similar to those in LAUSD schools, butothers have policies that are significantly different;Whereas, charter schools have expanded within LAUSD at rates disproportionate tosurrounding school districts; andWhereas, the LAUSD Board of Education passed the Expanding Enrollment Initiative onJanuary 10, 2012 but the provisions for investing in instructional choice options withinLAUSD schools have not been funded; nowTherefore; be itResolved that the Board of Education directs the Superintendent establish clear annual andquarterly dates for the submission of data and information from charter schools authorized by the Board of Education and that the District work with charter schools so they may be prepared to use a common student data information system by the 2014 implementation of the Common Core standards;Resolved further that the Board directs the Superintendent to establish and facilitate aformal process for District schools and charter schools to share curriculum and best practices in all aspects of instruction, financing, parent and community engagement andschool operations and to publish these best practices combined with an analysis of which best practices could and could not be implemented in the district; and,

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