Press Releases

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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Amid Statewide Shortage, Great Public Schools Now Announces Grant to Recruit Teachers for Hard-to-Staff Positions

May 2nd, 2017 (LOS ANGELES, CA) – Great Public Schools Now (GPSN) announced today that it will award up to $250,000 in grants to help educational organizations recruit teachers for hard-to-staff positions.

“Now is the time when schools can use extra resources to hire the best and brightest candidates. Supporting innovative recruitment strategies to assist schools and school networks to finish the hiring season strong will ensure students have a great teacher when they start school in August,” said Eric DeSobe, Director of Talent for GPSN.

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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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Statement in response to UTLA opposition to high-quality school expansion funding

Great Public Schools Now Reacts to News that UTLA will Oppose Funding for District Schools

November 4, 2016 (LOS ANGELES, CA) – Great Public Schools Now (GPSN), a non-profit organization committed to replicating successful schools in communities in need, released the following statement in response to a press release from United Teachers Los Angeles opposing GPSN’s work with the Los Angeles Unified School District.

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Statement in response to the Los Angeles Unified School District’s resolution

Statement in response to the Los Angeles Unified School District’s resolution entitled “Offering Families More – Promoting, Celebrating and Replicating Success Across LAUSD"

We are encouraged by the LAUSD resolution seeking to replicate high-performing District schools. One of the best ways to bring additional educational opportunities to Los Angeles students is to expand the schools — charter, district or magnet — that are already succeeding.

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Great Public Schools Now Announces Myrna Castrejón As Executive Director

(LOS ANGELES) Great Public Schools Now today announced that Myrna Castrejón will join the non-profit organization as its Executive Director. Castrejón most recently served as Senior Vice President, Government Affairs at the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA). She has served in a variety of leadership roles at CCSA since its founding in 2003.

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