Steve Barr, who founded Green Dot charter schools but then left under a cloud, has returned to Los Angeles to partner with the school district.
This time, however, he is not targeting schools with low-income students, but middle-class schools, including one that he wants his children to attend.
It is puzzling why the district is ceding control of these schools to Mr. Barr, as they appear to be stable, high-performing schools.
To my knowledge, he is not an educator.
If I showed up in Los Angeles and offered to take control of some of its best schools, would LAUSD give them to me?
It is not clear if he gets a management fee, but I assume he will.
I don’t get it.
I have never entirely gotten over Steve Barr’s sneaky takeover of Locke High School. He persuaded half the staff to vote for him gaining control of the school, then fired most of them. That strikes me as a betrayal. But that’s just me.