Los Angeles’ board of education has voted to reject a number of applications from charter school operators, choosing instead to hand control of nearly 30 schools to nonprofit educational groups formed by teachers and administrators employed by the district.
The vote awarded 12 chronically underperforming campuses and 18 new campuses to the nonprofit educational groups, and four to charter operators. The board’s action is part of a larger plan to turn over about a third of the campuses in the nation’s second-largest school district to nontraditional operators.
The plan has widely been seen as an acknowledgment that traditional educational policy hasnt worked in a district where almost half the students drop out before graduation.
A version of this article appeared in the March 03, 2010 edition of Education Week as L.A. Board Gives Control of Schools Primarily to Teacher-Led Groups