Charter News
California’s Failing Grade in Charter School Facilities Financing

A new study of public charter school funding has found that California’s explosive charter growth of the past 15 years has left school districts straining under a glut of new charter classrooms that are no better at educating California children than traditional public schools. Released Monday by the research and public advocacy group In the Public Interest (ITPI), Spending Blind reveals the extent to which tax dollars have been used to create privately held real estate empires — charter properties that, because they aren’t owned by the public, could, theoretically, one day be converted into luxury condominiums or shopping complexes.

Campaigns
Current actions for the Schools LA Students Deserve contract campaign

These are critical months for our collective union work, as we head toward the June expiration of our contract. Every action is an integral part of building an aggressive contract campaign to increase salaries, protect health benefits, build community schools, and improve working/learning conditions. All of our actions are interconnected, and we must all get involved!

Media Coverage
Charter schools are growing in number where they are not needed, new report says

New research by an Oakland group called In The Public Interest looks at where charter schools are increasing in number and where schools are needed based on enrollment. The two trend lines do not correspond, researchers found — especially in the Los Angeles Unified School District, where the number of school-age children has declined even as the number of charters has exploded.

Video
LAUSD'S Teacher And Student Of The Month

One is called a rock star by her fellow teachers, the other is a student accepted into 13 universities They are LAUSD”S next teacher and Student of the month. A partnership between LAUSD, CBS2, KCAL9, and the LA Rams to honor excellence in education.

Media Coverage
Magnolia Avenue Parents, Teachers Protest Sharing Campus with Charter School

About 50 parents, teachers and students from Magnolia Avenue Elementary School gathered Tuesday in downtown Los Angeles to protest the addition of a charter school on Magnolia’s campus. “Our children will lose several programs,” said Guadalupe Garcia, a parent of two Magnolia Avenue Elementary students. “It’s unfair.”

Press Release
New California Coalition will Fight for Public Schools through Community Power

United around common struggles and a shared vision, eight California teachers’ union locals have joined forces in a groundbreaking new coalition, the California Alliance for Community Schools. With the strength of more than 50,000 educators behind it, the California Alliance launched this month and aims to help build a movement to fight the Donald Trump/Betsy DeVos agenda to privatize our public schools.

News
New Legislative Push for Charter School Accountability

Four new legislative bills that would bring much-needed accountability, transparency, and equity to charter schools were introduced in Sacramento this month. The legislation will be joined by an additional bill in coming weeks, forming a package of proposals that would support the creation of Community Schools.