Posted by Steven Levin on March 11, 2016 at 10:04 AM
On March 8, 2016, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) board of education approved the charter petition of the Westside Innovative School House (WISH) high school - despite the recommendations of the district's staff to reject the petition. CCSA and CCSA Families mobilized the charter community to support WISH's petition. About 80 students, teachers and parents from WISH elementary and middle schools in Westchester cheered and applauded the decision after some of them had waited more than eight hours before the board took up the issue.
WISH grants its teachers greater autonomy than other schools and mixes students with moderate and severe disabilities with other students. WISH so far has a high concentration of students with special needs and ethnic diversity and shows test scores higher than the district average.
This is the third time in two months that the LAUSD's Charter Schools Division has recommended the denial of a quality charter school proposal, the LA charter community has responded with collective advocacy, and the board has voted to overturn the recommendation.
Congratulations to the WISH community on its high school’s approval. Thank you also to the LA charter community for its strong support. We have certainly heard from board members that it is making an impact!
Read more and see pictures from the big win.