New Video: "Why I Chose Option 3"

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January 12, 2012 The new special education option for charter schools in Los Angeles Unified School District is off to an incredible start in its first year of operation, with 48 schools now participating in Option 3. Under Option 3, these charter schools are able to operate their special education program independently of the district, which means receiving a proportionate share of special education funding to support delivery of a full range of special education services that provide a free appropriate public education (FAPE) to eligible students enrolled in their schools.

Toby Bornstein of Multicultural Learning Center shares why she felt Option 3 was the best choice for her school and her students:

Schools currently participating in Option 3 are continuously working to increase the program options available in their schools, and are in the process of developing mechanisms to share special education services and programs across schools. A permanent Charter Operated Program Director, Sydney Quon, formely a Senior Program Specialist with the Southwest SELPA, has now been hired to work with Option 3 schools. Beginning on February 1, Sydney will oversee administrative functions within the Charter Operated Programs Unit and facilitate the sharing of services amongst Option 3 schools.

Schools interested in participating in Option 3 during the 2012-2013 school year are invited to submit an application. Applications can be found here, and are being accepted until January 30. Also, if you are interested, you are invited to attend the Option 3 governance meeting on January 19 at 1 p.m. at the PUC offices. Please contact Allison Bajracharya with questions.

Finally, if you are interested in the details about Option 1, please attend the Regional Meeting on January 26, to get updates on costs associated with that Option.