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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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Master The LAUSD Password

Master The LAUSD Password

Anyone who uses an LAUSD password will appreciate this.  LAUSD passwords must meet a certain length and character variety.  What makes LAUSD passwords particularly annoying is that they have to be recycled every 180 days and you cannot reuse a password, never ever. While this is not directly tied to School Choice in LAUSD, any...
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...
Open Enrollment last Chance

Open Enrollment last Chance

Open Enrollment season started on Monday May 6th.  Thank you to LAUSD’s Office of Planning and Demographics, they made it easy to make the following maps of all Open Enrollment options.  Open Enrollment is your last chance to pick a school. Essential Tips 1.  Over apply, you can apply to as many schools as you...
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...

Open Enrollment is Open for business

Open Enrollment is your last chance at picking a school in LAUSD.  Applications are available now.  From their press release there are  270 schools  participating and 9,000 seats to open.  You can apply to as many schools as you want, even if you were already accepted and enrolled in another program.  We’ll post more details...
Last minute for Magnets and other updates

Last minute for Magnets and other updates

Magnets:  This Friday April 19th is the last day to act on your Magnet acceptance.  Most importantly if you don’t accept before April 19th  you will forgo your spot and any points you accumulated.   For those of you who are on a waiting list, after April 19th the Magnet office can begin to calculate...

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...

School Choice news for March

Happening Now. Zone of Choice applications are due March 18th.  If you live in a zone of choice, you know who you are.  (ZOC website:  http://zoc-lausd-ca.schoolloop.com/) The application is located here: https://zocapplication.lausd.net/App/Application.aspx   SAS (School for Advanced Studies):  The applications are out (http://www.lausd.net/lausd/offices/GATE/prog-opt-3.html) The Due date window is April 1st through 30th.  Notification letters going...

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,...