Billionaire philanthropist Eli Broad has committed more than $6 million to a charter school group to help it expand its presence in Los Angeles. The $6.5-million grant to the Alliance for College-Ready Public Schools from Broad's education foundation, along with $3.5 million raised by Alliance board members, clears the way for the group to open 13 middle and high school campuses by 2010 in impoverished neighborhoods where traditional schools are foundering.
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Despite a California law that calls for public school campuses to be "shared fairly" between traditional schools and independently run charter schools, dozens of other charters in the Los Angeles Unified School District have nothing like a regular school to call their own. Charter schools operate out of churches, high-rises, warehouses and portable buildings slapped down on parking lots. (Los Angeles Times)