Two of the four grants awarded to successful schools to share their innovative practices with public schools were in Los Angeles – California Academy for Liberal Arts and Camino Nuevo Charter School. “That’s important because that means that the broader public school system is benefiting from charter schools as well,” Larson said. Naush Boghossian, (818) 713-3722 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “By supporting the development of high-quality charter schools and holding them accountable for improving student achievement, we provide an important choice for students currently attending low-performing schools in their local area,” state Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell said in a statement. The plan is to open the schools for the 2006-07 school year, Larson said. Partnerships to Uplift Communities, a charter school development and management corporation, received five grants, including two to open schools – one in the San Fernando Valley. “We are committed to do this work whether we get the grants or not, but the money makes it much easier for us,” said Jacqueline Eliott, founder and co-CEO of the corporation. “It gives us the money to be able to do start-up in a truly quality manner with adequate personnel, equipment, time and focus, and to provide a really exemplary environment and program for the child.” The state awarded about $8.3 million – nearly one-third of its grants to develop and open charter schools – to educators and community groups in underserved Los Angeles communities, the California Charter Schools Association announced Thursday. The money from the State Board of Education will help fund the start-up costs of 14 charter schools in high-need communities of Los Angeles and to two model charters that will share their program ideas with the entire public school system. “This is great for public education and it will open up doors of opportunity to thousands of Los Angeles families,” said Gary Larson, spokesman for the California Charter Schools Association. “It’s clear there is a growing momentum around charter schools being the most promising path for systemic education reform.” The state also awarded 69 grants totaling about $23 million to school districts in San Diego, Alameda and Santa Barbara counties – areas that have most recently seen the highest performance gains of charter schools, Larson said.
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