We have received hundreds of letters from people supporting New West’s High School expansion at 1905 Armacost. Below are some excerpts. We’d love to hear from you too! If you have a testimonial in support of New West, please submit it using the reply form at the bottom of this page. We’ll review and add testimonials submitted as quickly as we can.
Dear Councilman Rosendahl,
I’m the director of the documentary Waiting for Superman about our nation’s public schools, and I’m writing to you in support of the New West Charter middle school expansion project. After spending years chronicling our public schools, and in particular, the schools of Los Angeles, I believe that the greatest thing we can do is give parents and students educational options.
While I understand there are practical considerations such as traffic flow, real problems indeed, the opportunities for our families and our city are too great not to do everything we can. The New West Charter middle school is spectacular, both in its results and in the message that it is sending our neighborhoods–that it is possible for a public school in our city to provide a great education.
I believe, as a public official, there’s no greater purpose than to support this kind of reform, and supporting proven educators like those at New West Charter.
I would love to discuss this with you directly.
To Whom it May Concern,
We are writing in support of New West Charter School’s application to lease a property at Armacost and Missouri in order to expand their program to serve students through grade 12.
We are troubled by some of the misinformation about charter schools that has been distributed via email and the internet in response to New West’s application. Charter schools are public schools, open to all students who wish to apply. They do not have competitive admissions and are tuition-free. Charter schools offer families a unique educational option within our public education system and work with parents as partners in their children’s education. In exchange for operational freedom and flexibility, charter schools are subject to higher levels of accountability than traditional public schools. There are currently more than 200 charter schools in the LA area, serving diverse communities across the city.
Identifying and securing facilities is one of the most significant challenges for charter schools. Under state law, school districts are required to provide charter schools with facilities that are “reasonably equivalent” to other schools in the districts. However, for a variety of reasons, this doesn’t always happen and charter schools are forced to find other solutions, just as New West has done.
New West has a track record of success and a large base of current parents and students who are excited about having this school option on the Westside. New West has already been approved by the State Board of Education to open a high school in addition to their current middle school; it would be unfortunate for them to be prevented from doing so simply due to facilities limitations.
We hope that you will consider their application in light of the benefit New West provides to students on the Westside and work with their team to find a way for them to expand.
Managing Regional Director, Policy and Advocacy
California Charter Schools Association
Dear Councilman Rosendahl,
I am a long time resident of Brentwood/West LA – Council District 11, a parent of public school kids and a Founder of New West Charter School (“New West”), located at 11625 W. Pico Boulevard in West Los Angeles. I also will be serving on the Brentwood Community Council starting next month as the public school representative. I am writing to ask you to support New West’s proposal to relocate and expand to the building located at 1905 S. Armacost Avenue (“project site”) to serve middle school and high school students.
New West’s Conditional Use Permit to locate the school at the project site was approved on December 8th, 2011 at the Los Angeles City Planning Department. I urge your continued support of their relocation and expansion. Not only has New West been a good neighbor for the past 9 years at their current location, but it has also played an active role in the West Los Angeles Community by providing for a safe, educational environment for its students, parents, and staff. It a model of racially diverse, quality public education.
I drive down Bundy on almost a daily basis and few other projects will impact traffic less than this school. There is very little coming and going once the kids arrive, everyone is gone before rush hour and the school has a mandatory car pool policy. It will breath new life to that area by bringing in a high quality educational option. I would expect that eventually it may even open its facilities to some of the surrounding community once it gets the logistics worked out.
I strongly urge you to support New West’s relocation and expansion project so that the school can continue to play a vital role in our community and serve the many students in need of independent, charter school education.