Rossier to host Education Writers Association seminar on charter schools

December 7, 2016

The seminar brings journalists to USC from across the country

By Ross Brenneman


Photo: Margaret Molloy for USC Rossier

Twenty-five years after the first charter school opened up in the United States, a group of education journalists will be coming to the University of Southern California in January to reflect on how such schools have altered the education landscape.

USC Rossier will host the Education Writers Association for a two-day seminar in early 2017, co-sponsored by the USC Provost’s Office, the USC Communications Office and the USC Annenberg School for Communications and Journalism.

Attendees, all journalists, will hear from USC professors and other experts in charter school policy. As of 2015, there were almost 300 charter schools operating in Los Angeles, and the Los Angeles Unified School District has seen some heated arguments about adding more.

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s decision to nominate Betsy DeVos as the next U.S. secretary of education will likely bring even more attention to charter schools, as she has been a staunch advocate both for them and for school choice.

“We’re glad to have the opportunity to host this seminar and dig into how charter schools affect not only LAUSD, but the state and country, too,” said Dean Karen Symms Gallagher. “There aren’t many topics in Los Angeles education that command more attention than charter schools.”

Attendees at the EWA seminar may also have the opportunity to tour some Los Angeles charter schools, including USC Hybrid High School, which saw all of its seniors graduate this past June.

The seminar, open to EWA members, runs from Jan. 26-27.

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