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Report: Half of LA families are using school choice programs, but many struggle to find quality options | LA School Report - http://wp.me/p2fzpD-baI on @LASchoolReport
Despite the school district’s promises and efforts to simplify its systems, choosing a public school for your child in Los Angeles is not for the faint of heart. Various campuses and programs have different deadlines, forms and application rules.
A new report from the local group Parent Revolution asserts that parents are dissatisfied and poorly served by a system that makes access to high-quality programs complicated and especially challenging for unsophisticated or low-income families.
The group behind the report is best known for using the state’s “parent trigger” law to organize parents to force change at schools with low test scores — either through restaffing or turning them into charter schools. Its critics accuse the group of a pro-charter bias, which it denies. The group’s new report is based on results from the first year of its privately funded effort to assist parents in choosing schools.
The report is based on surveys and interviews with the families of 515 South Los Angeles students who submitted applications with the group’s help, as well as other families that did not complete the entire process.
“Public school choice in Los Angeles is complex and it takes some degree of savvy to navigate on the district side and on the charter school side,” said Seth Litt, Parent Revolution’s executive director.Parents need more help choosing schools in Los Angeles, report says - LA Times: