From The Los Angeles Times: Groups of teachers, rather than outside operators, will run the vast majority of 30 campuses under the Los Angeles Unified School District's reform effort. It was an ironic twist to a strategy that was designed to allow outsiders to manage new or troubled campuses in the Los Angeles Unified School District. But the board decided to turn over 22 of the schools to teacher-led efforts. The teachers competed against Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's nonprofit school organization and charter schools. In the end, charter schools were given the chance to run four schools and the mayor's Partnership for Los Angeles Schools was given three.
JANUARY 2010...from The Los Angeles Times: Would-be school operators are taking part in a kind of Los Angeles Unified School District reality contest, presenting proposals on how they would run specific schools at forums on campuses across the district. It's the next step in a process through which groups inside and outside the system are bidding to operate 12 low-performing schools and 18 new campuses.
From The Los Angeles Times: Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and groups of teachers backed by the Los Angeles teachers union will compete for control of four district schools as part of a groundbreaking reform initiative. The impending face-off emerged as groups inside and outside the Los Angeles Unified School District scrambled to meet a deadline for applications to run 30 district schools. The bidders, including charter school operators, filed "letters of intent" for their targeted schools, and have until Jan. 11 to develop full-fledged proposals. Backers say the school-control plan, approved in August, will spur rapid progress at 18 new and 12 low-performing schools.
OCTOBER 2009...from The Los Angeles Times: For the first time in the Los Angeles district, parents would be able to initiate major reforms at low-performing individual schools, rather than waiting for the school district to make changes. Administrators have proposed a school-control resolution that allows for groups inside and outside the district to take over campuses. One provision would empower a majority of parents at a school to trigger reforms.