Echo Park parents pull an all nighter at school district headquarters

A group of Echo Park parents spent the night outside the school district’s downtown headquarters to make sure they will be present on Tuesday afternoon when the school board decides who will manage a new Echo Park school and other district campuses. The Echo Park residents (pictured) were among the 75 others who were holding a place in line that stretched from Beaudry Avenue around the corner to Fourth Street, said Julie Van Winkle, who left around midnight.

The Board of Education is scheduled to select the applicants seeking to manage Central Region Elementary School No. 14 as well a dozen other campuses, including new high schools East Los Angeles and Glassell Park.

The school board’s meeting room  is expected to be overflowing with visitors, and only 13 members of the general public will be allowed to speak. That’s why members of the Echo Park Moms and Dad Group for Education showed up last night to claim the second and third speaking spots, said Van Winke. The group favors Local District 4 / Echo Park Community Partners, which is headed by school district administrators and backed by the teachers’ union. The team is competing against  Camino Nuevo Charter Academy, a charter school operator. Last week, school district Supt. Ramon Cortines recommended the Local District 4 team but the school board can make its own decision.

The group has a long day of them. The meeting is not scheduled to begin until 1 p.m., with the board expected to listen to the speakers for about two hours before taking a vote.

Related items:
L.A. School Board will decide who runs new schools. L.A. Times
L.A. Unified chief reveals his choices to operate new Eastside schools. The Eastsider

Photo by Judy Van Winkle


  1. Cres #14 was stolen from the community today.

  2. CRES 14 stole a community. Why should LAUSD stop disappointing because people got involved late in the game? Where were Echo Park Parents when over 50 homes were needlessly being demolished to build a school everyone knew was not needed???? Not living in the ‘hood yet? Or not caring about your neighbors?

    At least Camino Nuevo will serve the diverse multi lingual community the boundaries demand for the School, as ill attained as it was.

    evil begets more evil. No good can ever come of this escuela.

  3. Boundaries, I was there fighting the development of the school. What do you know? Ask Christine Peters who got $500,000 from LAUSD to stop the law suit, why the school was built. Camino Nuevo as no Multi lingual programs, The attendance boundary is in historic Filipino town but Camino Nuevo only teaches Spanish to English transition. The EPCP hat Dual language or English and Spanish, Tagalog and planned to teach Mandarin. CN is not a progressive model of education and they will not serve as a middle school to our existing English speaking/writing Elementary students. What do you know? NO facts. CN works only as a charter not as a a local school.
    Windy O

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