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Monday, September 26, 2016

School district to release Echo Park school advisory vote results

By Becky Koppenhaver

Results of an advisory vote to help determine who will operate Central Region Elementary School#14, currently under construction in Echo Park, will be announced on Feb. 25 by the school district’s Public School Choice office.

Last month, parents and community members turned out in full force to vote for one of two competing school proposals. One proposal came from the Camino Nuevo Charter Academy, and one from L.A. Unified School District #4, which intends to run the school as an autonomous pilot school.

The results of the voting, which was managed by the League of Women Voters, will serve as only an advisory recommendation, not a final decision. The voting results will be turned over to the Supt. Ramon Cortines, who will evaluate the winning proposal and make his final recommendations to the L.A. Unified School Board.

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Becky Koppenhaver is a freelance writer covering schools. You can send Becky story tips and ideas at [email protected]



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  1. Community members belonging to social justice groups including Coalition for Educational Justice (CEJ) strongly support the public school plan (LD4 and Echo Park Community Partners). Aside from its wonderful curriculum and greater flexibility in terms of responding to what the community wants, the community partners plan offers a degree of community control over the school.

    Pilot schools have Governing School Councils which have real decision making power. Governing School Councils are comprised of community members, parents, teachers, and administrators. This will give us an opportunity to truly integrate the school into our neighborhood.

    http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/EchoParkMomsforEducation/

    On the other hand, there is nothing analogous to community control in the corporate charter-voucher school world. Camino Nuevo Charter Academy’s (CNCA) board is unelected, not comprised of people from our neighborhood, and for the most part comprised of bankers and finance types with nary an educator among them.

    Camino Nuevo’s Ana Ponce herself said the following during the Union Avenue School meeting: “Parents having decision making power over a budget is not a sustainable model.” Aside from demonstrating her command of business buzzwords, she showed an utter contempt for ordinary working class people. In Hoa Truong and Ana Ponce’s world, decision making is best left to “our betters,” in other words CNCA’s board.

    We should reject that notion. We should embrace democratic processes and true self determination of communities. That’s why we should support the public school over the charter school for CRES 14.

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