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Green Dot attempts to close a financially troubled charter school, students organize in opposition

March 30, 2010

Green Dot is arguably the most prominent charter school management company in Los Angeles, with 19 campuses throughout the city. They market themselves as valuing high academic achievement and progressive educational philosophy.

When LAUSD schools fail to meet state standards, Green Dot has often positioned itself to “take over” – firing the existing staff, eliminating union contracts and reshaping the school’s practices. Recently, Green Dot announced that it will shut down one of its new schools, Animo Social Justice, because of low enrollment, financial pressures and sub-par performance.  Animo Social Justice was opened in September of 2006.

The Los Angeles Times recently reported on a protest, one of many, that students have independently organized to advocate against the school closing.  Students walked out of classes and closed down a street in protest.

Check out this video blog by Jose Lara about the issue.

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