. . . And They DENY Greet Dot's Charter!
Did you also know that the LAUSD refused to grant a charter to Green Dot, which already successfully operates a number of schools? The L.A. Times reported that the board did so, moreover, against the advice of counsel:
"Before the vote, a senior district lawyer and the director of L.A. Unified's charter office, Gregory McNair, repeatedly counseled the board to approve the charters. State law is clear, they said, that a school board can reject charters only if they fail to meet one of several criteria. Green Dot, the officials said, met all the criteria."
How does one explain this odd turn of events? Union money.
Look, the LAUSD is clearly a disaster, and it's not going to get fixed in the next 12 years -- i.e., the typical educational lifespan of a public school student. So let parents opt out of this insanity. Give them vouchers for private schools.