Justice Street School becomes an Affiliated Charter School!

It’s official! On Tuesday, June 12, 2012, the Los Angeles Unified School District voted to approve Justice Street School’s charter petition. Effective with the 2012 – 2013 school year, we will now be known as Justice Street Academy Charter School! We are all very excited about this change. It will likely mean more money for our school, but more importantly, it means we will have more control over how we spend it.

Why is becoming a charter a big deal?
As an affiliated charter under LAUSD, we still are able to take advantage of many of the benefits of being a district school. The bigger advantage will be making better use of the money allocated by the state for Justice Street School. In a nutshell, our school governing body and administration will have direct control over the majority of the spending for our school. They will be able to set a budget based on the needs and desires of the staff and student body for each year. If math is an area that needs attention one year, we can invest in resources to support that curriculum. If the district cuts music and arts funding, we can allocate money to bring those programs to our school. And so on, and so on… Money is still tight across the state, but being a charter school allows more flexibility in accommodating our needs. We will no longer be limited by district mandated spending that often does not align with the demographics and needs of our students and families.

So what’s next?
Our charter status will take affect beginning in the 2012 – 2013 school year. Over the next few weeks, the administration and staff must put together a new budget and school governance. There are a lot of details to work out over the summer and it will definitely take some time to settle into a new way of operating.

Thank You
Thank you to Ms. Frieze and Mrs. Bright and the entire team of Justice staff who worked on preparing our charter application and staying with the process this entire year.

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