Public Education and Charter Schools at this Moment in History

In a partnership with Los Angeles’ oldest and largest public speaker’s forum, Town Hall Los Angeles, a new television series for KCET and Link TV was launched in 2016 called TOWN HALL LA with a goal of providing timely insights for policy solutions in California.

CEO of Green Dot Public Schools, Marco Petruzzi discusses how the non-profit organization is revolutionizing the public school system. With a mission to help transform public education so that all students graduate prepared for college, leadership and life, Petruzzi describes how the organization has become the leading charter school networks in Los Angeles and one of the top three in the nation. Petruzzi addresses how Green Dot achieves better student outcomes with lower per pupil funding, a unionized workforce, and operates only in high need communities.

Many changes are forthcoming in 2017, with a new President and Secretary of Education, school board elections in Los Angeles, and a new federal law and standards to implement. In that light, public education advocates must find common ground on which to collaborate. Marco’s perspective on several important factors of public education systems provides a solid basis on which to enter into this climate of change and adaptation.

Town Hall LA provides a distinct and vital nonpartisan voice that helps the Southern California community become better informed on timely issues, breakthrough developments and innovative trends that impact the region’s businesses, community and people. “As Los Angeles’ largest and oldest public speaker’s forum, Town Hall Los Angeles is excited to be partnering with KCET Link to enable more people the opportunity to freely benefit from quality, nonpartisan coverage of the critical issues that impact their lives,” commented Kim McCleary, President, Town Hall Los Angeles.

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