Touting the success of an innovative school-governance system created as an alternative to charters, teachers union officials announced Friday they'd received a $150,000 grant to help expand the program to other Los Angeles Unified campuses.
United Teachers Los Angeles plans to use the money from the American Federation of Teachers to create a training camp for educators who want a say in their school's budget, curriculum and scheduling decisions - the hallmarks of the so-called Expanded School Based Management Model.
"This shared-governance model should be celebrated and replicated," AFT President Randi Weingarten, who announced the grant at Woodland Hills Academy, where the ESBMM was introduced in 2006.
Seven years ago, when the Woodland Hills campus was known as Parkman Middle School, a group of