The California Department Of Education Released Its 2020 List Of School Rankings — And AB1505 — One Of Last Year’s Charter-Control Measures — Requires LAUSD To Revoke Charters Of Any School Ranked Low Performing Two Years In A Row — The List Contains 22 LAUSD-Authorized Schools Ranked Low Performing — Which Means They Are Halfway To Mandatory Dissolution — Big Names On The List Include KIPP — Animo — Para Los Ninos — Magnolia — Convicted Felon Ref Rodriguez’s Baby PUC — And Many Many More — Schadenfreude Much??!

One of the key components of last year’s AB1505, which modified the California law authorizing the existence of charter schools, is a requirement that chartering authorities must revoke the charters of any schools ranked “low performing” by the California Department of Education for two years in a row.1 The CDE released its rankings last month,2 and twenty-two of LAUSD-authorized charters ranked “low performing.”

If any one of these 22 schools ranks low next year LAUSD must revoke their charters. The California Charter School Association famously picks a few very low-performing schools each year and publicly advocates at LAUSD meetings for their revocation. This is a very, very friendly process the point of which is pure propaganda. The difference here is that no one’s asking CCSA’s opinion and there’s no opportunity for CCSA to spin this in their favor.

And these aren’t just a bunch of random unheard-of charter schools, either. Many of them are run by big name charter management organizations like KIPP, Animo, PUC, Para Los Ninos, and Magnolia. For extra schadenfreude, many of these schools are run by some of the most vocal privatizers, who will go on and on and on without evidence about their educational superpowers. Here’s a list of all 22 of the LAUSD-authorized charters that are halfway to their mandatory charter revocations. A bunch of these are sure to go down next year, so let’s keep watching!

SchoolChartered byCityRank
KIPP Academy of OpportunityLos Angeles UnifiedLos AngelesLow Performing
Bert Corona CharterLos Angeles UnifiedLos AngelesLow Performing
PUC Excel Charter AcademyLos Angeles UnifiedLos AngelesLow Performing
APEX AcademyLos Angeles UnifiedLos AngelesLow Performing
Magnolia Science Academy 4Los Angeles UnifiedLos AngelesLow Performing
Para Los Ni±os MiddleLos Angeles UnifiedLos AngelesLow Performing
Alain Leroy Locke College Preparatory AcademyLos Angeles UnifiedLos AngelesLow Performing
New Designs Charter School-WattsLos Angeles UnifiedLos AngelesLow Performing
TEACH Academy of TechnologiesLos Angeles UnifiedLos AngelesLow Performing
Animo Jefferson Charter MiddleLos Angeles UnifiedLos AngelesLow Performing
Camino Nuevo Elementary #3Los Angeles UnifiedLos AngelesLow Performing
Animo Ellen Ochoa Charter MiddleLos Angeles UnifiedLos AngelesLow Performing
Animo College Preparatory AcademyLos Angeles UnifiedLos AngelesLow Performing
KIPP Philosophers AcademyLos Angeles UnifiedLos AngelesLow Performing
PREPA TEC - Los AngelesLos Angeles UnifiedLos AngelesLow Performing
Alliance Kory Hunter MiddleLos Angeles UnifiedLos AngelesLow Performing
Ivy Bound Academy Math, Science, and Technology Charter Middle 2Los Angeles UnifiedLos AngelesLow Performing
Animo Mae Jemison Charter MiddleLos Angeles UnifiedLos AngelesLow Performing
PUC Inspire Charter AcademyLos Angeles UnifiedLos AngelesLow Performing
California Collegiate CharterLos Angeles UnifiedLos AngelesLow Performing
ICEF View Park Preparatory ElementaryLos Angeles UnifiedLos AngelesLow Performing
ICEF View Park Preparatory MiddleLos Angeles UnifiedLos AngelesLow Performing
  1. This particular language is found in the California Education Code at §47607.2(a)(1)(A), which states:(a) (1) The chartering authority shall not renew a charter if either of the following apply for two consecutive years immediately preceding the renewal decision: (A) The charter school has received the two lowest performance levels schoolwide on all the state indicators included in the evaluation rubrics adopted pursuant to Section 52064.5 for which it receives performance levels.
  2. Here are links to the data: ◆ Whole state XLSXWhole state PDFLAUSD XLSXLAUSD PDF
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