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LAUSD Board votes to allow charters for 13 schools

March 16, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Some L.A. schools are preparing to undergo some major changes after the LAUSD Board approved the School Choice program. Some of the schools will be restructured, which means teachers will need to reapply for their jobs.

Under the program, 10 new campuses and three existing low-performing schools will become charter schools, which will affect more than 20,000 students.

A packed house of parents, teachers, and concerned citizens turned out to voice their concerns at the school board meeting on Tuesday. Some parents even camped out overnight at the LAUSD headquarters for the meeting to make sure they got in.

United Teachers Los Angeles has criticized LAUSD Superintendent Ramon Cortines and the Public School Choice program, calling the plan a public school giveaway.

"We believe that LAUSD can and should the teachers and the communities of these public schools, and schools should stay public," said Betty Forester of United Teachers Los Angeles. "If a school is given to an outside operator, it is given away."

Teachers say up to 5,000 teachers are facing potential layoff notices. They will have to reapply for their jobs at the 13 campuses.

Cortines has made it clear that if they don't get their old jobs back, they can get jobs at other schools within the district.

The vote came as 4,000 LAUSD instructors received RIF [Reduction In Force] notices.