Glassell Park High School Receives Most Letters of Intent for PSC 2.0

By EGP News Report

Central High School #13 is scheduled to open fall 2011 in the Glassell Park area of Northeast Los Angeles. It is one of several schools selected to participate in the second round of Los Angeles Unified School District’s Public School Choice initiative that allows interested groups to apply to manage some of LAUSD’s most academically underperforming schools, and schools in areas with high drop out rates.

The new high school is expected to relieve overcrowding at Eagle Rock (Eagle Rock), Marshall (Los Feliz) and Franklin High (Highland Park) Schools.

Central High School #13 is located near Glendale Kia on San Fernando Road. EGP photo by Gloria Angelina Castillo.


The vast majority of schools eligible for new management during round one of the Public School Choice reform effort, concluded earlier this year, were awarded by LAUSD school board members to teacher and administrator group applicants from within the district. Charter school applicants were for the most part left out, despite receiving the recommendation of LAUSD Superintendent Ramon Cortines and a panel of evaluators.

Central High received the most “Letters of Intent” in the new school category during this preliminary stage of the Public School Choice process. The school received 16 in all by the June 30 deadline: South Region HS #2 and Valley Region HS #5 each received 11 of the letters intended to identify groups considering submitting an application proposal.

In all, 129 letters of intent for the nine new campuses and 59 letters of intent for the eight “focus schools” district-wide were submitted for consideration. The applicants are expected to engage parents and community members to create a proposal that is due at the end of the year.

“I want it understood that this is a process of inclusion and I am glad our education partners have stepped up to the plate to help raise student achievement at the identified schools,” Cortines said in a statement released on July 1. “I welcome the innovative ideas and tested strategies these teams will present in their final applications, which are due in December.”

Letters of Intent for Central High #13 were received from the following teacher and UTLA focus groups and charter operators: Alliance College-Ready Public Schools; Paul Payne (John Marshall HS); Tara Alton (John Marshall HS); Partnerships to Uplift Communities LA; Camino Nuevo Charter Academy; Leticia Rojas (Roosevelt HS); Environmental Charter Schools; Meredith Reyley (Franklin HS); Teri Klass (John Marshall HS); Scott Spector (Crenshaw HS), LEMA 2.0 (Beth Kennedy or Scott Petri), Kristin Szilagyi (John Marshall HS); Local District 4 (Dr. Rosa Maria Hernandez); United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA)-5; Local District 4/LA Small Schools Center-5, and the Youth Policy Institute.

For more information, visit LAUSD’s web page:

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2 Responses to “Glassell Park High School Receives Most Letters of Intent for PSC 2.0”

  1. David Tokofsky on July 8th, 2010 8:58 pm

    Central High #13 ought to be approached very thoughtfully or chaos will ensue.

  2. Annonymous on August 23rd, 2010 8:45 am

    A new school does not promise a good education. Teachers have to change the way they teach. Times have changed and the school system has not.

    Many kids learn better hands on. Kids learn in different ways. They are NOT all the same. But LAUSD refuses to accept that. So, they just throw kids into a special education system that do not belong there simply because they are board.

    LAUSD needs to support more home schooling and on line schooling. With a 50% drop out rate, LAUSD had nothing to loose but a few bad teachers and a bad school system.

    Anyone listening?

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