LAUSD Board Considers District-wide Open Enrollment, Increasing Magnets

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January 13, 2012 Last week, the LAUSD Board approved a resolution to commit to increasing enrollment by 5% over the next three years. The resolution asks the Superintendent to report back in 90 days with a plan to increase the number of magnet schools and to provide more flexibility in the magnet application process.

With over 10,000 parents on waiting lists for charter schools in L.A., we know that parents are clamoring for more high quality public school options. What is unclear is how in the midst of the district's budget crisis, the district will be able to implement such a plan. And most importantly, for the charter community, is the message that is implicit in this resolution: in light of the district's challenging budget situation, the LAUSD Board is working to retain and increase ADA in whatever way possible. Unfortunately, they see the development of new charters as a risk to ADA. Therefore it is particularly critical that we are working to build allies on the Board to help ensure the Board makes decisions based on academic outcomes and what's best for kids over anything else.

On Tuesday, Jan. 17, the LAUSD Board will act on a resolution encouraging the district to move to an open enrollment process. It is very unclear how they see charters fitting into this process. Once the resolution is passed, we will be advocating for charters to be equitably included in all of their promotion and choice materials so that parents understand that charters are a choice for all students in the district.