After developing its content over the past year and a half, we are pleased to present the full We Choose ALL research and policy brief series. This post links to the 100-page book, but you can also view the individual briefs in the blog posts here.
In early 2016, representatives of UNITE-LA, In the Public Interest, the Advancement Project, the Learning Policy Institute and UCLA IDEA came together with the goal of informing public debate about the four-fold increase in L.A. charter school enrollment and declining LAUSD enrollment. We called ourselves, the “We Choose All” coalition, in recognition of our shared interest in supporting an educational system that provides high quality education to all Los Angeles students.
We entered the conversation recognizing the wonderful work of Los Angeles educators in both district and charter schools as well as the civic energy of labor and community leaders, advocates and philanthropists who grappled with one another to define the future of Los Angeles schools. Yet, we worried that “reform” that emerges without systemic planning and public deliberation could not meet the needs of all Los Angeles students.
On August 30, 2016, We Choose All hosted a symposium at the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce that featured both presentations from 15 leading national researchers as well as facilitated discussion amongst researchers, LAUSD officials, representatives of charter organizations, leaders of community and labor organizations, philanthropists and other education and community leaders. The 2016 symposium produced three results:
First, it led our coalition to articulate a set of shared values that give meaning to the phrase, “We Choose All.”
Second, it highlighted emerging evidence We Choose All: Research to Inform Public Education in Los Angeles John Rogers, UCLA RESEARCH AND POLICY BRIEF 2018.1 SERIES—We Choose ALL: Building a System of Excellent Public Education 4 from around the country about charters, choice and competition.
Third, it pointed to the need for us to learn more about how different stakeholders in Los Angeles think about these issues.
Building on these outcomes, we have worked closely over the past year and a half with a group of researchers who have developed papers and briefs on the theme of “We Choose All.” Please view the full collection of policy and research briefs below.