Parent Revolution’s Choice4LA program partners with community and non-profit organizations to provide families in Los Angeles with information and direct support to find and enroll their children in quality K-12 public schools. Although there are almost 300,000 families utilizing various types of public school choice in Los Angeles, and many public schools providing an excellent education, there are still roughly 160,0000 students attending persistently low-performing schools. The majority of these students are low-income, students of color.
This report examines and analyzes the qualitative and quantitative findings of the first year of Choice4LA, highlighting seven lessons learned from families attempting to access school choice. It also includes four subsequent recommendations for implementation by the Los Angeles Unified School District and Los Angeles’ charter school sector to increase accessibility to quality school choices for all families. Those recommendations include a greater focus on quality choices, simplifying all steps of the school choice process, improving families’ access to school quality data, and strengthening the role that interpersonal networks play in supporting families as they choose schools for their children.