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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

Great Public Schools Now Applauds Mayor Garcetti’s Offer To Help Avoid UTLA Teacher Strike

August 27, 2018 (Los Angeles, CA)- Great Public Schools Now welcomes the news that Mayor Eric Garcetti offered to help convene L.A. Unified leaders and UTLA to avert a possible strike. GPSN recognizes that a strike could be harmful for the most vulnerable and most innocent of stakeholders: Los Angeles' working families and students. Not only could a work stoppage be a tremendous burden for low-income and working families who might need to find alternative child care, but the loss of critical learning time at the beginning of the school year would be a blow to their academic progress from which it will be difficult to recover.

The mayor’s offer comes as the union is holding a strike authorization vote and against a backdrop of fiscal urgency that experts agree would catapult L.A. Unified toward insolvency and state takeover.

Contact:

Jason Song

(213) 452-2804

jsong@greatpublicschoolsnow.org

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Statement on New L.A. Unified Superintendent

Great Public Schools Now Executive Director Myrna Castrejón Statement on Appointment of Austin Beutner as next L.A. Unified Superintendent

May 1, 2018 (Los Angeles, CA)- On behalf of Great Public Schools Now, I congratulate Austin Beutner on his appointment as the next superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District. As a distinguished Angeleno, he has a long history of working to improving civic life in Los Angeles, from serving as deputy mayor to advocating for immigrant students through his support of DACA, and bridging philanthropy with the needs of LAUSD students.  He is uniquely well-positioned to solve the challenges the district is facing while also helping L.A. Unified’s many successful programs continue to grow.

We look forward to working with Supt. Beutner to help all children have an equal opportunity at a great education.

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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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