Charter Operator Steve Barr to Join LAUSD

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Steve Barr, the founder of a well-known group of unionized charter schools, announced Tuesday a new project to develop innovative academies within the Los Angeles Unified School District.

The schools would resemble independently managed charter schools but would remain under direct district supervision with substantial control entrusted to teachers and the school’s administration, he said.

The schools also would take advantage of new approaches to training teachers and new ways of instruction made possible by technology, he added.

“We have great schools in Los Angeles, and there is no reason this city shouldn’t have the best public school system in America,” said Barr, the founder and chief executive of the nascent Future Is Now Schools, in a statement. “What has hampered us in the past from scaling up these model schools is the inability for union teachers, education officials and education reformers to stop fighting and get on the same page.”

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