They started lining up the night before the school board meeting. Parents at some of L.A.’s leading charter schools assembled on the sidewalk outside the district’s downtown headquarters. Knowing the next day’s board meeting would be packed, they went the extra mile by camping out all night to make sure they would make it into the meeting to show their support for their schools.
The next day, October 14, 2014, the school board voted on whether to renew charters run by Alliance, Aspire, Camino Nuevo, Crown Prep and New Village. More than 300 parents, clad in colorful school t-shirts, packed the board room, waiting to make their case to the board.
They didn’t have to say a word. Their presence said it all. The board voted to approve all seven schools. Parents cheered, hugged, high-fived and then went back to their families, at ease knowing that their children would continue to attend the excellent schools they’d chosen.