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 Statement on Retirement of L.A. Unified Supt. Michelle King

GPSN Executive Director Myrna Castrejón Statement on Retirement of L.A. Unified Supt. Michelle King

January 5, 2018 (Los Angeles, CA)- On behalf of Great Public Schools Now, I thank Michelle King for her dedication to improving education for all students in Los Angeles. She is a pioneer and a role model, and I particularly admire her as a woman of color in a leadership role in education. Supt. King has been a champion for children for her entire career, and Great Public Schools Now was proud to partner with her to replicate two of South Los Angeles’ highest performing schools so that even more students will have a chance attend a high-performing school.

The entire Great Public Schools Now team wishes Supt. King strength as she focuses on her recovery, and we will continue to work with L.A. Unified leadership to advance Supt. King’s mission of putting children first. 

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GPSN Statement on DACA Announcement


Statement from GPSN Executive Director Myrna Castrejón regarding Trump Administration Rescinding DACA

Sept. 5, 2017 (LOS ANGELES, CA) -  Great Public Schools Now is appalled by the plan to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Our hearts go out to the 800,000 immigrants who will be directly affected, their friends and families, and the communities those immigrants live in and serve. We all deserve better than this shortsighted and cruel action. 

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Los Angeles Voters Want Good Teachers and Good Schools for All Students

August 18, 2017, (LOS ANGELES, CA) – With the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education set to discuss critical budgetary and policy decisions for the first time this term, Great Public Schools Now (GPSN), a nonprofit dedicated to identifying and replicating successful educational programs in underserved communities, today released additional results of its summer poll of Angelenos on the topic of education. In addition to points already released, the poll found:

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