Charter school founder Steve Barr and L.A. Unified have teamed up to open academies within the school district that will feature “new approaches to training teachers and new ways of instruction made possible by technology,” reports the L.A. Now. The details have yet to be worked out but Barr, founder of Green Dot Schools and a resident of Silver Lake, told the times he wants to focus on a few areas of the city, including some neighborhoods close to home:
In Los Angeles, Barr said he would focus initially on three areas: Silver Lake/Los Feliz/Echo Park, Fairfax and Venice. All have high concentrations of middle-class students, a departure from Green Dot, which runs schools in low-income neighborhoods.
A Silver Lake resident with two small children, Barr cited highly regarded Ivanhoe Elementary as a local asset that could be built upon. “Ivanhoe is better than any charter school I’ve ever seen,” said Barr. “This is about seeding some of that success. I want my kids to go through LAUSD from kindergarten through 12th grade.”
What does Barr, who founded Green Dot in 1999 and currently sits on its board of directors, have in mind? Barr cited the Los Angeles River School in Glassell Park “as having attributes he hopes to emulate,” according to L.A. Now. The new schools would be operated under Barr’s new initiative, Future Is Now Schools.