In Response to the Charter Moratorium


January 31, 2019

Dear Green Dot families,

Tuesday was an important day for public charter schools in Los Angeles. Hundreds of Green Dot parents, students, teachers, staff and community partners joined thousands more in front of the LAUSD headquarters for a rally prior to the Board meeting where Trustees voted 5-1 in favor of a resolution that asks the California State Legislature to impose a temporary moratorium on new charter schools.

We all know that a moratorium on new charter schools would limit the educational options afforded to some of the highest-need communities in the city. This vote does not close any Green Dot schools, and we know that your voices will continue to amplify the achievements of our students.

Despite the fact that the vote did not land where the thousands of parents and community members at the rally had hoped, I want to share with you that I remain filled with hope and inspiration—thousands of families spoke truth to power. Green Dot has long sought to provide high-quality, unionized, and public alternatives to some of Los Angeles’ lowest-performing schools, and yesterday’s rally was about asking for more schools like ours. Take a moment to see some highlights from the rally here.

We must now move ahead with a renewed sense of purpose. A special thank you to the parents from the following Green Dot schools who were able to attend the rally:  Ánimo Ellen Ochoa, Oscar De La Hoya Ánimo, Ánimo Watts, Ánimo Ralph Bunche, Ánimo Jefferson, Ánimo Mae Jemison, Ánimo Pat Brown and Ánimo Florence-Firestone.

I am confident that we will continue to work together to change the odds for students for many years to come.


Dr. Cristina de Jesus

President and CEO
Green Dot Public Schools California