Matthew Cunningham over at the Red County posted a great read today about Charter Schools.
I'll excerpt a bit here: "Rather than plodding along the well-worn path of mediocrity and failure, SAUSD should adopt a radical approach like converting as many district schools as possible to charter status. Such a move would enable those schools to escape stifling red tape of the California Education Code, control their own budgets, and focus discipline and the fundamentals of a quality education"
Why not SAUSD?
I've seen radical change up in Los Angeles at several of the schools taken over by Green Dot, such as Animo Venice using six simple tenents.
1)Small, Safe, Personalized Schools
2)High Expectations for All Students
3)Local Control with Extensive Professional Development and Accountability
5)Maximize Funding to the Classroom
6)Keep Schools Open Later
If it can work in Los Angeles, why can't it work in Santa Ana?