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Hope Change Choices is dedicated to making school choice as accessible as possible for Los Angeles Unified parents. We believe that every family should know all their options.
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Enrollment resumes

If you are changing schools or waiting to get into a new school, this is for you. Starting July 20th LAUSD schools re-open with clerical staff. If you haven’t turned in your enrollment information, now is a good time.  Enrolling ensures all paperwork is in and your child is programmed into their classes before school...

In the mean time

What do you do in the lull between Magnet Applications, and SAS, Open Enrollment and Permit applications. Its time to tour Tour your local neighborhood school.  I am privileged to work at a great middle school with a growing residential neighborhood program.  Its proof that what you heard about a school just a couple years...
We are all Matt Damon

We are all Matt Damon

  First, kudos to Mr. Damon for saying there is no public school progressive enough in Los Angeles for his family.  My experience running this site for four years tells me he is wrong about there not being progressive schools.  I seriously doubt, given copious amounts of time, Mr. Damon couldn’t find a dozen schools...
Post-Reader survival plan

Post-Reader survival plan

When Google announced it was closing its “Reader” app, a large swath of the active web users were left sulking.  The rest of you were left wondering what is wrong with these people, see the bottom of this post for why I love Reader. If not “Google Reader”, what should I use.  Google reader was...

Applying to an Affiliated Charter… Good luck kid

Many LAUSD parents were caught by surprise that Open Enrollment does not include affiliated charters*.  I’ve spent the last few days going through the 40+ affiliated charter websites and calling some, trying to determine when they do have open enrollment windows.  Personally I found the process aggravating.  Some schools did a great job posting the...
Conflict and Confusion at 24th St.

Conflict and Confusion at 24th St.

School Choice and the Parent Trigger law are two amazing tools for parents to improve educational outcomes for their children, but the tension between the two methods needs more attention.  For 35 years, LAUSD has been telling families who don’t like their neighborhood, they can leave.  Now we are telling the parents that stay, they...

Magnet acceptance letters are out, now what.

The wait is over.  Magnet acceptance letters are available online and being mailed home. You can check your status at https://echoicesapplication.lausd.net/ Depending on your status find which situation you are in and what to do next. Accepted and ready to enroll.  Congratulations you can call the school to find out about the enrollment process. Accepted...

Turn Down the Noise – School Board 4 edition

The Westside is being inundated with noise about LAUSD Board District 4 Steve Zimmer Vs. Kate Anderson.  In Zimmer Vs. Anderson there are two candidates worth hearing out.  In UTLA VS. Coalition for School Reform there is a bunch of noise.  I give the nod to Steve Zimmer, he does not fall into the UTLA/Reform camp...

SAS application process starts now

The process of applying for School for Advance Studies has stated even though, applications for SAS programs are not out yet. The process starts with getting your paperwork in order. It is up to the family to get the paperwork in order. There are 3 ways to get into an SAS and vary depending on...

Will the momentum of their ideology, stop universal Pre-K?

Why isn’t everyone with a desire to improve American education via policy, especially education for the poor, pause their current work and give a little support to the President when he announced establishing universal pre-K? There is no argument in education reform or with Unions that goes against Universal Pre-K. I will leave it open,...
School Choice week

School Choice week

It’s School Choice week.  I didn’t know until I saw a facebook friend check-in at an event.  I know “School Choice” has a strong association with certain types of school reform.  Why not take this time to define School Choice at its best and worst and let you pick where “School Choice” lies. At its...
Magnets are not the solution for Crenshaw High School

Magnets are not the solution for Crenshaw High School

Magnets at their best are tremendous institutions that transform students into high achieving life long learners.  From what I’ve heard about the plans to turn Crenshaw High School into a cluster of Magnets, I’m stuck feeling like the there is a cynical use of the name “Magnet” being used to cover up a reconstitution.   Magnets...