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L.A. City Council celebrates charter school leaders

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The Los Angeles City Council is taking time out from its Friday meeting to praise local charter school advocates as California’s charter school law turns 20 years old.
Los Angeles Councilwoman, and mayoral candidate, Jan Perry has prepared a proclamation for L.A.’s charter school leaders.

“When you talk about parents having choices on how their children are to be educated, this is sort of the manifestation of that,” she said.

Teacher unions have been critical because most charter school faculty members aren’t in a union. A recent study found charter schools in California have larger proportions of low- and high-performing schools than public schools overall.

While an audit released last month faulted federal and California education officials for lax oversight of charters, Perry said the schools are still deserving of praise.
“You have inconsistent results and yes over time some have risen and some have fallen,” Perry said.

Advocates recently celebrated a milestone - there are now 1,000 charter schools in California. There are more than 200 charter schools in the L.A. Unified School District.