Our mission statement is in our name: TEAch.
We are an organization of parents, teachers, school employees, taxpayers and
community members working to ensure that charter schools are Transparent,
Equitable, and held Accountable for their practices, for the outcomes of the students
they serve, and that they do no harm to students attending traditional public
TEAch exists because charter schools have largely abandoned their original purposes:
1. to provide research and development for all public schools on best practices in order
2. to ensure that ALL young people have access to a high quality education; and
3. to lead the way, by example, in transforming public school outcomes for ALL students
through teacher-led schools, relieved of the hierarchy of central administration.
We support the original goals of charter public schools.
The current goals of some charter school operators are to greatly expand and capture as
many taxpayer dollars as possible for their own schools, thereby removing funds available
to traditional public schools. The almost entirely unregulated charter school system in Los
Angeles currently receives at least $683 million (more than $1/2 billion!) per year in
taxpayer funds, money that used to go to Los Angeles Unified School District students.
Without Transparency, Equity, and Accountability, we know that many charters are not
living up to their own goals as stated in their charter applications.
According to the 2013 Stanford Study, 25.3 % of tax-payer funded charter schools in L.A.
have both low growth, and low achievement in reading; 30% of taxpayer-funded
charters have both low growth and low achievement in math.
Taxpayer-funded charter co-location on traditional public school campuses is also causing
great harm to students in traditional public schools by permanently overcrowding their
campuses, and causing huge reductions in their funding. This has resulted in teacher layoffs
and increased class sizes in LAUSD traditional public schools.+9523.
TEAch seeks reasonable state and district regulation of public, taxpayer-funded charter schools
to ensure Transparency, Equity and Accountability.
Labor donated by TEAch: Transparency, Equity and Accountability in Charter Schools.