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Policy Brief: The Cost of Charter Schools for Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD)

Two hundred and twenty-one independent charter schools currently operate within Los Angeles Unified School District’s (LAUSD) boundaries. These schools currently enroll about 101,000 students. Meanwhile, more than 540,000 students attend schools run democratically by LAUSD, representing 84 percent of all students. MGT of America’s recently released report Fiscal Impact of Charter Schools on LAUSD shows that the fiscal impact of charter schools on LAUSD is unsustainable if left unchecked, and will contribute to the eventual bankruptcy of LAUSD.

This brief takes a selection of the findings from the MGT report and proposes equitable solutions to mitigate some of the impacts of those findings. 

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