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Charter Schools Failing , Privatization, and the Future of Public Education in Los Angeles and California

With Los Angeles at the forefront of the national debate over public education, Capital & Main is examining the potential impacts of large-scale charter school expansion in the country’s second-largest district. “Failing the Test: Charter Schools, Privatization and the Future of Public Education in Los Angeles and California” will explore the uneven results of California’s charter school growth, and the potential impacts of further expansion on public education.

This weeklong series is based on extensive interviews with education experts, community advocates, parents, teachers and elected officials on both sides of the escalating controversy over charter schools. “Failing the Test” documents how charter advocates are aggressively pushing for dramatic growth despite evidence that these schools do not improve overall student performance. The series reports on how privately operated charter schools leave some kids behind, even as they enjoy taxpayer support and broad exemptions from the laws that govern traditional public schools.

“Failing the Test” will also present a set of ideas for how Los Angeles and California can address the challenges facing public schools.

Failing the Test: UCLA’s John Rogers on the Struggle for Democratic School Improvement

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Failing the Test: School Solutions and Turnarounds

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