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Parents, teachers vote 'School Choice' plan

February 3, 2010 12:31:23 AM PST
Voting is underway to help determine who will control 36 Los Angeles area schools under the "School Choice" program.Teachers, parents, students, and community members cast ballots Tuesday to choose who will run the under-performing or new schools.

Another round of balloting will be held on Saturday.

The League of Women Voters is running the school choice vote. Some parents and students are complaining because others are able to cast multiple ballots. A teacher could qualify to vote both as a teacher and as a community member. A parent could also claim two ballots.

Some of the bids to run the schools come from organizations outside the local community including charter schools. Other bids come from teachers groups.

Tuesday night, demonstrators in East Los Angeles rallied, calling for local control of their schools.

"We want our voice to be heard. We want our students, our community, our parents, not parents from outside but from within to vote and send a message that - hey- this new school is our school," said Ricardo Rivas, a Garfield High School teacher.

The school board will make the final decisions on who will operate the schools.