Public School Choice News Round-Up

August 31, 2011

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Yesterday, the Los Angeles Unified School Board approved changes to the Public School Choice Initiative that could give in-district teams priority in applying for new schools. The charter school community, joined by parents and students from other community organizations, came out in opposition of the proposed resolution.

Ultimately, the board approved an amended version of the original resolution, pushing the teachers union to agree to changes to the teachers' contract at new school sites before the board will give in-district applicants priority. CCSA President and CEO Jed Wallace issued a statement on the board decision.

Media coverage of the decision included:

Two major newspapers wrote editorials against the board's decision:
- LA Times: A weaker Public School Choice initiative
- LA Daily News: New reform rule giving teachers the inside track on new schools a gamble

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