Hot on the heels of the Green Dot/LAUSD battle for the hearts, souls, real estate and per student dollars that make up Locke High School—with the advantage, thus far, going to the Green Dot Charter Schools—we have another splashy charter schools move.
At a press conference this morning, LA’s main zillionaire mogul and purse-string school reformer, Ely Broad, together with former Mayor Richard Riordan, will announce a $6.5 million gift by Broad to another up-and-coming charter group, the Alliance for College-Ready Public Schools. The gift will allow the Alliance to open several new schools, with three of them planned for this fall in the areas around Jefferson, Fremont and Locke High Schools.
The $6.5 million comes on top of $10 million Broad gave to Green Dot last year.
The LA Times reports this morning that right now about 6% of the roughly 708,000 students in the district attend charter schools. Next fall that number is expected to go lots higher.