School Reform and LA Unified's Public School Choice Plan

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LA Unified has more charter schools than any other district in the US. That's because of the Public School Choice plan, created to improve schools through competition by allowing outside groups, as well as internal teams, to bid for control of new and under-performing schools. Now the rules have been changed by the elected School Board, to give priority to insiders, meaning the District's own administrators and teachers. As head of the United Teachers of Los Angeles, AJ Duffy was an outspoken opponent of charter schools. Now he's applying to become a charter school operator. He wants to hire teachers from the Crescendo charter schools, which were closed down when administrators ordered teachers to cheat on standardized tests. We speak with Duffy, educators and administrators.

Credits

Guests:
A.J. Duffy - Apple Academy Charter Public Schools, Warren Fletcher - United Teachers Los Angeles - @utlanow, Tamar Galatzan - LAUSD Board of Education, Marco Petruzzi - Green Dot Charter Schools - @GreenDotSchools

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Christian Bordal, Karen Radziner, Katie Cooper