Update below on efforts by the 24th Street Parents Union to turnaround their children's failing school!

Los Angeles, Calif. – Monday, March 11, 2013 – In an historic first, the 24th Street Elementary Parents Union has received a total of four proposals from organizations seeking to become the operator for the troubled school, starting in August.

One of the proposals received is from the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), making it the first time anywhere in the country a school district has formally submitted a proposal to transform a failing school where parents have used the ‘Parent Trigger’ petition.

The LAUSD proposal will receive equal consideration from the 24th Street Elementary Parents Union, along with proposals from non-profit charter operators Academia Moderna and Crown Prep, and an education management organization (EMO), Transition.

The Parents Union initially received a total of eight ‘Letters of Interest’ (LOIs) from potential operators on January 25. Each of those operators was asked to submit a formal detailed proposal by Friday, March 8.

“It is very exciting for us to have received four strong and high-quality proposals. This gives us a real choice in who will transform our school in the coming months. We are pleased the school district is continuing to fully participate in this process, and, over the next 11 days, we look forward to carefully reviewing all four of these proposals,” said Esmeralda Chacon, a member of the 24th Street Elementary Parents’ Union Review Committee.

“Our recommendation will be based on which operator we believe will truly transform our school, providing our children with the high quality educational opportunities which they have not had for so many years,” Chacon said.

Within the next two weeks, the Parents Union will formally recommend the best proposal to the entire body of petitioners. The petitioners will then have the ability to ratify or overrule the Parents Union’s recommendation, which will determine the petitioners’ final, binding selection. This is in accordance with California’s Parent Trigger law, regulations, and documentation provided to each parent who signed the petition. A total of 69% of 24th Street Elementary School parents signed the petition.

This final petitioner selection process will take place during the first week of April.

Highlights from each of the proposals are listed below.

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Academia Moderna
· Would run the school as an independent charter serving grades K-5
· Would offer International Baccalaureate (IB) primary years program, linking real world issues with curriculum
· Inquiry-based learning using issues of global significance
· Would divide the school into two campuses: the Kennedy School & the Lincoln School

Crown Prep
· Would run the school as an independent charter serving grades K-5
· Would place an emphasis on academic rigor
· Would focus on college beginning in primary grades
· Would institute comprehensive teacher evaluation and practice

LAUSD
· Applying in partnership with an education management organization (EMO): Practitioner Center Schools. This group will provide direct implementation support to 24th Street Elementary
· Would implement the “restart model,” with all staff required to reapply and several new autonomies from the district and union contract
· Would add pre-K

Transition
· Applying as an EMO and founded by a former 24th Street Elementary teacher
· Would add two hours to the current school day
· Emphasizes after-hours and weekend tutoring

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