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Mission

Great Public Schools Now is a California not-for-profit organization dedicated to ensuring all Los Angeles students receive a high-quality education by accelerating the growth of high-quality public schools.

Today, more than 160,000 students in Los Angeles and surrounding cities attend schools that are failing to provide them with a quality education. Our goal is to help as many students as possible get the education they want, need and deserve by replicating successful public schools, such as charter, magnet, pilot, and Partnership schools, in high-poverty areas of Greater Los Angeles.

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Why Now

88 percent of Los Angeles residents support making sure every student in a district with an underperforming public school has a choice of attending a higher performing public school.

More than 130,000 LAUSD students choose to attend great public magnet and charter schools each year.

More than 41,000 students were on waitlists for public charter schools in the greater Los Angeles area in 2015.

87 percent of Angelenos support reforming the local public school system

* Results based on a telephone poll conducted from September 20 to October 1 of 1,150 voters throughout communities within the Los Angeles Unified School District. The margin of error of the poll was ±2.9 percent

Latest Updates

GPSN Awards $1.5 Million to Expand High-Performing L.A. Unified Schools

Grants will help expand programs at Diego Rivera Learning Complex Public Service Community School and King/Drew Magnet High School of Medicine and Science.

April 13, 2017 (LOS ANGELES, CA) – Great Public Schools Now (GPSN), a non-profit dedicated to identifying and replicating successful educational programs in underserved communities, announced today as part of a partnership with Los Angeles Unified School District (L.A. Unified) that it will spend $1.5 million to replicate successful educational practices at two schools: Diego Rivera Learning Complex Public Service Community School and King/Drew Magnet High School of Medicine and Science.

The grants will help address the need for more high-quality L.A. Unified campuses in South Los Angeles by expanding schools that have a successful track record. Diego Rivera Public Service and King/Drew students perform significantly better academically than their peers and both campuses have reached their maximum student capacity. 

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GPSN Announces Funding to Help Schools Retain High-Quality Teachers

Amid Teacher Shortage, Group Aims to Keep Best Educators in the Classroom with Increased Training and Independent Projects

February 17, 2017 (LOS ANGELES, CA) – Great Public Schools Now (GPSN), a non-profit dedicated to identifying and replicating successful educational programs in underserved communities, announced today that it will spend nearly $900,000 to fund programs designed to help six educational organizations support their best teachers through programs that will increase training, improve work-life balance, and offer financial incentives for additional professional development.

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Great Public Schools Now announces planning grants

Great Public Schools Now announces planning grants of $20,000 each to two L.A. Unified-governed projects

November 21, 2016 (LOS ANGELES, CA) – Great Public Schools Now (GPSN) announced today that L.A. Unified Local District South will receive grants to plan replication of successful educational practices at Diego Rivera Learning Complex Public Service and King-Drew Senior High Medicine & Science Magnet as part of GPSN’s plan to spend up to $3.75 million to replicate high-quality L.A. Unified schools.

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