LAUSD board member Monica Garcia welcomes parents to East LA town hall

More than 100 parents attended a recent town hall organized by Great Public Schools Now (GPSN) and featuring LAUSD Board Member Monica Garcia at East Los Angeles College.

Parents from Endeavor Charter School, KIPP, LA Leadership Academy, Oscar de la Hoya Ánimo Charter High School, and Extera Public Schools testified about their concerns regarding facilities issues (including colocation), the lack of high-quality high schools, the failure of magnet schools to prioritize local students, and their opposition to SB 808.

On the topic of colocations, Garcia pushed for schools to work toward common goals. She also challenged parents to fight for more funding from the state.

Parent volunteers get a big “thank you!” during Measure G celebration

At the End of the Year Community Acknowledgement event held at Oakland Unity High School recently, parents and students received a big thank you for their work on the Measure G campaign. Revenue from the parcel tax measure is used to retain teachers, keep class sizes small, and offer after school academic programs. Oakland charter schools, however, do not receive any of the $20 million collected from the tax.

At the event, one mother said if politicians don’t look out for the students, parents need to step up and apply pressure to make change and bring about changes themselves.

Kevin Osorio, a student at Envision Academy, shared his story about how he was headed down the wrong path that would have likely put him in jail. Fortunately, he got the support he needed from his charter school and fellow youth organizers. Exposure to different people and seeing that they care and want to help others made him want to do the same. Now, he is involved with CCSA and helping to make change happen. As for his school work, Envision Academy is helping him get his credits done to get on track. 

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Rally in the Valley PHOTO SLIDESHOW

This is a PHOTO SLIDESHOW limited edition weekly series of the “Rally in the Valley!” For the next couple of weeks we will be showing the best photos of our 2500+ attendee march and rally celebrating the success of the northeast San Fernando Valley charter school movement! Parents, students, teachers, administrators, supporters and family members from charter public schools like: Fenton Charter School, Vaughn Next Century Learning Center, PUC Schools, Pacoima Charter Elementary and YPICS came out big to support!

We had parent speakers, elected officials, press and most importantly STUDENTS out there in full force to show the strength and support for the charter public school movement.

Estudiantes chárter de Sacramento aprenden de agricultores locales

Tres meses después de comenzar su primer año escolar, la Escuela Chárter Lighthouse de West Sacramento ya está abriendo horizontes a sus estudiantes. Recientemente la escuela llevó a sus niños a una excursión al pueblo cercano de Clarksburg, donde recibieron lecciones de la comida y la agricultura de agricultores locales. Por acercar a los estudiantes a los temas comunitarios e industrias del mundo verdadero, la escuela está asegurando que el aprendizaje estudiantil vaya más allá de las páginas de sus libros de texto.