Response to Comparison Between LAUSD Magnets and Charters

September 25, 2015

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In response to the L.A. Times' September 25th blog post, discussing academic performance at L.A. Unified magnet schools and independent charter schools:

It's great news that LAUSD is recognizing the academic success at non-traditional, innovative school models such as magnets. It's not wise to compare magnets and independent charter schools, because the district's own data shows that magnet students come from higher income families. But we join LAUSD in celebrating successful schools that fulfill different needs throughout the district regardless of the educational model.

The following data shows that independent charters serve a greater percentage of low-income students, as measured by students who qualify for free or reduced lunch (FRL).

  • Independent charters: 82.5% FRL
  • Magnets: 73.6% FRL
  • "Gifted" magnets: 64.9% FRL
  • Traditional schools: 75.4% FRL