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L.A. Unified board renews charter of low performing school

A school bus drives by on Oct. 8, 2008 in Los Angeles.
A school bus drives by on Oct. 8, 2008 in Los Angeles.
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In a 4-3 vote on Tuesday, LAUSD's school board renewed the charter for an Indigenous-centered school labeled as low performing by district officials.

More than 100 supporters of Academia Semillas del Pueblo staged an Aztec dance outside school board chambers.

Inside, parent Jasmine Zamora praised the K-8 school’s education of her kindergartener.

"Not only in a few short months is he reading, is he writing in English and Spanish, he’s singing in Nahuatl and identifying with local culture," said Zamora.

LAUSD's charter school division recommended revoking the charter because the campus failed to meet performance standards. School board president Monica Garcia said district staff overlooked the school’s rigorous academics, and its vibrant parent engagement.

Board member Marguerite LaMotte voted against Garcia’s motion to renew the charter.

"I’m tired of this dual system," said LaMotte. "I’m tired of going 'Here we come!' Because somebody does a book of letters, we let them in and they have not met one thing in the book."

Academia Semillas del Pueblo enrolls 311 kindergarten through eighth grade students at a campus in L.A.’s El Sereno neighborhood.