L.A. Families Flex Their Advocacy Muscle

It was the first L.A. Unified board meeting of the 2015-16 school year. It’s becoming a typical scene. Every month at the Los Angeles Unified School District’s board meeting, hundreds of charter school families line up outside just to get the chance to tell the board how much they value their schools. That’s what happened at this month’s board meeting, where parents and students from Aspire, Camino Nuevo and Green Dot charter schools gathered to make sure the board voted to renew their schools’ charters. And that’s exactly what the board did. Go L.A. charter families! Families are also sharing their voices in a major issue facing L.A. schools: the search for the next superintendent. By filling out hundreds of surveys and attending public meetings, charter parents and students are making sure the school board knows that the next superintendent must support charters and school choice. The school board is expected to choose the next superintendent by the end of the year.

Their actions generated lots of media attention, which reminded the politicians that they were being watched. Finally, the council voted and did the right thing for all students. Congratulations to Richmond charter families on a hard-fought and inspiring victory!

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