Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Despite election defeats for California corporate reformers...

L.A. sell-off of public schools continues

L.A. will turn over operations of 43 more public schools to outside management companies, officials announced yesterday. The announcement came on the eve of election defeats for corporate billionaires Meg Whitman (a big supporter of privately-run charters) for governor and voucher supporter, Carly Fiorina, for senator.

1 comment:

  1. CORRECTION: Thanks to Bob Pearlman for correction. LAUSD has indeed put 43 schools up for bid. But not all to outside management companies (CMOs).

    Bob writes:

    "Bidders can be CMOs, external not-for-profits, and school-based or local district based teams of teachers and administrators, or just teachers. In Round 1, most of the bids were won by internal teams, Round 2 is in process now with proposals due in early December.

    The L.A. Compact launched the Los Angeles School Development Institute (LASDI) to support internal teams in the development of their proposals and in planning for implementation. LASDI is a partnership of United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA), Associated Administrators of Los Angeles (AALA), LAUSD School Board and Superintendent Cortines, UNITE-LA and the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce.

    So while it is correct to say that 43 more schools are up for bid and that 'outside management companies' are eligible to bid, it is much more likely that most of these sites will be won by internal parties."

    Thanks agains, Bob


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