New Executive Director For Charter Expansion Nonprofit

Myrna Castrejon will lead Great Public Schools Now, a nonprofit organization established to carry out the charter expansion strategy. She leaves her post as a lobbyist and strategist for the California Charter Schools Association.  

Great Public Schools Now is leading the effort to expand charter schools in Los Angeles. Castrejon is one of the most visible charter school advocates.

The charter school initiative has received some serous pushback from the Los Angeles Unified School District. The proposal asks for the creation of more than 200 new charter schools and initially wanted $490 million to enroll half of LAUSD’s students over the course of eight years.

The appointment of a non-educator was evidence that the nonprofit’s focus would be on creating charters at the expense of traditional public schools, according to United Teachers Los Angeles President Alex Caputo-Pearl.

“We believe this appointment shows they are not interested in a holistic public education system that serves all kids,” Caputo-Pearl said.

 

Read more at The Los Angeles Times


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Tuesday, April 6, 2021 - 06:59

The school advocacy group, Great Public Schools Now, released a report last week detailing the pandemic’s impact on students in the state’s largest school district, LA Unified.