Charters speak out in Myth-busting Campaign at LAUSD Board Meetings
November 3, 2011 In the past few months, there has been an onslaught of misinformation and anti-charter rhetoric at Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) board meetings. Local charter schools have been speaking out about their programs and their impact on communities to dispel these myths during the public comment sections of every meeting and they're already having an impact.
Fenton Avenue and PUC schools spoke to the Board about their Special Education programs while Valor Academy spoke about their success in community engagement and outreach.
Jackie Elliott from PUC Schools shares why it is so important for charter schools to speak out.
Our Community School will be presenting to the Board on November 15 about their success in teacher retention and creating a supportive work environment. It is critical that schools share their successes with electeds, media and the community in order to combat misinformation about the charter movement.
Feedback from board members has been very positive given that a charter presence at meetings supports our allies in their attempt to bring reform to the District. If you and your school community have an interest in speaking out to the Board, please contact Sara Hernandez.
We are particularly looking for schools that could speak to these issues which are frequently raised by the board:
- Teacher Retention and Work Environment
- Demographics: comparisons between charters and neighborhood schools
- Student transfer rate and retention: educating the most challenging students
- African-American Student Achievement