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Charter foes, boosters weigh in on leaked plans to vastly increase charter schools

SAN DIEGO, CA - OCTOBER 01:  Children at Scripps Ranch KinderCare in San Diego play in their classroom on October 1, 2013 in San Diego, CA. Later, LuAnn Cline, a Prekindergarten teacher at the center, was surprised with the Early Childhood Educator Award and a $10,000 check from Knowledge Universe.  (Photo by Robert Benson/Getty Images for Knowledge Universe)
Robert Benson/Getty Images for Knowledge Unive
The memo reported by the LA Times indicates charter school advocates including the Broad Foundation hopes to create 260 such schools and enroll at least 130-thousand students.

A new memo indicates there's a 490-million dollar plan to place half of LA students into charter schools over the next 8 years.

A new memo indicates there's a $490 million plan to place half of L.A. students into charter schools over the next 8 years.  

The memo reported by the L.A. Times indicates charter school advocates including the Broad Foundation hope to create 260 such schools and enroll at least 130,000 students. Says school board president Steve Zimmer: the plan is a blueprint for a hostile takeover of the LAUSD. United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) staged a protest over the weekend in front of the new Broad museum, but charter advocates champion the leaked plans.

The Great Public Schools Now Initiative

Guests:

Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times education reporter who’s been covering the leaked plans

Gabe Rose, Chief Strategy Officer, Parent Revolution, a non-profit, pro-charter group

Stephanie Farland, executive director of Collaborative Solutions for Charter Authorizers, a consulting firm for charter oversight

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