Alex Caputo-Pearl responds to agreement reached between California charter school lobby and supports of public schools to revise the charter school law. Until now, the California Charter School Association had blocked all efforts to hold charter schools accountable and to empower local school districts to determine whether charters could open in their area and to evaluate the fiscal impact of charters on existing public schools.

August 29, 2019

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Statement on AB 1505 by UTLA President Alex Caputo-Pearl

“This a great first step in the ongoing, multi-year effort to fix California’s broken charter laws. AB 1505 is the result of collective action and organized collaboration between educators, parents and our communities throughout California. There is a groundswell of resolve, as highlighted by the strikes in Oakland and Los Angeles, that we must end the privatization of our schools and change the course set by the corporate charter lobby 20 years ago.

Countering the California Charter Schools Association’s plan to starve our public schools requires a strategic and long-term plan to fight back. One bill or even a set of bills is not enough. Funded by billionaires who wish to destroy public education, CCSA will double-down their efforts to starve, rank, then flip our public schools into a privately-run, publicly funded network of charters.

This is evidenced by Nick Melvoin’s recent push to rate LAUSD schools on a “Yelp-like” 1-5 scale, and another group of leaked emails, as shared this morning, that the charter lobby plans to remove all kids from public schools and put them into charter schools by 2030. We must continue to fight back the billionaire-funded attack against public education, reinvest in our schools and create a new vision for our schools, one which works for all students — the true stakeholders in the future of our public schools.”

United Teachers Los Angeles is the nation’s second-largest teachers’ union local, representing 34,000 educators, nurses, librarians and counselors in Los Angeles Unified School District, as well as more than 1,000 educators in independent charter schools.