Woodcrest Included In Public School Choice

LOS ANGELES (May 11, 2012) — Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent John E. Deasy announced today that Woodcrest Elementary has been added to the next round of the Public School Choice (PSC) process for low-performing campuses, while East Valley High School has been removed.


Woodcrest was included on an earlier listing for Public School Choice, but was removed in November because it was applying for a School Improvement Grant (SIG) that would have provided funding for resources to help raise achievement in the low-performing school. Woodcrest, however, was not recommended to receive the funding by the California State Board of Education earlier this year and has been placed into the fourth round of the process. 


“We want all students to achieve,” Dr. Deasy said. “The Public School Choice process is meant to boost student achievement, while providing students with more opportunities to succeed academically.”


In contrast, East Valley had been identified for the upcoming round of Public School Choice last November.  The school also submitted an application for a School Improvement Grant, and was recommended by the State Board of Education to receive the federal funding.  In anticipation of the official announcement of that grant, they are planning for implementation to begin in July 2012 and have been removed from the process.  


The PSC reform effort, first approved by the Los Angeles Board of Education in August 2009, encourages groups of teachers, other educators with proven track records, nonprofit public organizations and charter school operators, to develop research-based instructional plans with the goal of improving student achievement.


The total list of schools that will be part of the next round of Public School Choice now includes six elementary schools: 24th Street, 153rd Street, Coliseum, Flournoy, Weigand and Woodcrest; two middle schools: Harte and Nimitz and five high schools: Panorama, Monroe, San Fernando, Franklin and Banning.


To date, more than 100 schools have participated in the process. Teams from within and outside of LAUSD have been chosen to run newly constructed campuses and existing schools.