The Partnership for Equitable Access to Public Schools in Los Angeles (PEAPS-LA) works to ensure every child in Los Angeles has access to high quality public schools through an equitable enrollment process.
The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) is home to ten different public school choice programs and one of the nation’s most robust charter sectors. All told, nearly 300,000 of Los Angeles’ 664,600 students are exercising some type of public school choice. While this expansion of options has benefitted many families, there are still roughly 160,000 students – mostly low-income students and students of color - attending persistently low-performing schools in Los Angeles.
Several aspects of the current public school choice landscape pose significant barriers that prevent many low-income families from accessing higher performing public school options:
- Lack of official centralized information system inclusive of comparable information on all public school quality and options available to families
- Over 200 distinct applications, deadlines, and enrollment processes, spanning across 8 months of the year
- Lack of transportation for most public school choice options
- The highest quality schools are in short supply in many communities
The Partnership for Equitable Access to Public Schools in Los Angeles (PEAPS-LA) believes high-quality public school options should be accessible to every child. PEAPS-LA is working to reduce and ultimately eliminate the barriers that prevent families from having equitable access to great public school options. The coalition is eager to work with LAUSD and charter schools in improving systems and practices to ensure the public school choice system is inclusive and useful for all Los Angeles families.
1. Equity for all families in finding and enrolling their children in high-quality public schools through:
Readily available, clear, and comparable school quality and process information
Easily navigable application and enrollment system
Quality choices that meet parent demand within reasonable proximity and accessible transportation
2. Substantial parent input in the design and/or influence of tools, systems, and processes
3. Support for quality public school options, irrespective of governance model