Tuesday, February 23, 2010
LAUSD School Board Gives Management of 36 Schools to Teacher Collaboratives, the Mayor, and Charters (But Did the Parents Win?)
Photo by Andy Holzman, Daily News
Today, the Los Angeles Unified School District School Board voted on which organization they would select to govern 36 new and "underperforming" schools. Charter schools had submitted several bids, all but one for new schools, but were only selected to govern four new schools. Coverage here from L.A. Times.
But they wanted more schools. And they're mad. @parentrev (the Parent Revolution is a "parent activist" group with paid organizers on staff, closely affiliated with Green Dot charter schools) on twitter fumed, "LAUSD proved again today why parents can't count on politicians to bring change. Parents will use parent trigger & transform their schools."
************Okay ********************** Not Okay
I'm confused. I thought the Parent Revolution was all about empowering parents. On their website's blog, Gabe Rose states, "We are talking about finally giving parents, the most important stakeholder yet the one with the least power, the ability to say enough is enough, and bring about radical change." Giving public schools away to private corporations is radical indeed. The whole "Public School Choice process," as misguided as it truly is, has given parents an opportunity to examine the proposals and vote for the one they believed best for their children. Parents overwhelmingly selected the teacher-written plans over the charter plans.
I guess this is not the radical change the charters were hoping for.
So parent power is only good when it is used to trigger the closing of a school, or reconstituting it. Parent power is not good when parents say to outsiders, "thanks, but no thanks, we know who has the best interest of our kids in mind." Truly, charter groups can't have it both ways.
For more coverage from a person at the actual board meeting, read Scott Folsom's blog here.
Charter school parents photo by Andy Holzman, Daily News