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LAUSD Board to Vote on School Choice Proposal Tomorrow

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Many teachers, union leaders, students, and parents are crying foul as the LAUSD Board of Education is slated to vote tomorrow on the controversial School Choice proposal, which will allow non-profits, companies, and other interested parties to apply for control of troubled schools in the troubled district. The plan was authored and spearheaded by Board VP Yolie Flores Aguilar, and is being touted as a vital component of "reform" by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.In an Op-Ed published yesterday in the Daily News, education advocate Robert Skeels raises several questions about the process by which the plan has been put forth, including why so many concerned parents and community members were "locked out" of two recent "town hall" style meetings, and why this proposal is being pushed through without more debate. Many people also question how passing off control of the schools is actual reform, particularly when the LAUSD itself is invited to propose plans for any given school's control, and it is the LAUSD itself who votes on the awarding of stewardship. Further, many question the efficacy of schools run by organizations with heavy financial backing and how seduced the Board might be by their proposals, such as in the case of the Green Dot-run schools already in the LAUSD.