March 15, 2017, LOS ANGELES — In response to Tuesday’s vote by the Los Angeles County Board of Education to approve a new charter for a high school led by Green Dot Public Schools in the Inglewood Unified School District, Cristina de Jesus, President of Green Dot Public Schools California, issued the following statement:
“We are very pleased by the Board’s support for a new high school in Inglewood, a community Green Dot has been serving proudly for 15 years. We thank the Board for the opportunity to bring more options to families in Inglewood, and we look forward to providing the high-quality education that helps set students on the path toward lifelong success. Everyone at Green Dot takes extremely seriously the vital role that educators play in the lives of children. We know that caring relationships, access to varied learning opportunities, and providing supports outside the classroom can alter a child’s life for the better. Our pledge to the families in Inglewood is that we will continue to help our students achieve success in college, leadership, and life, and that we will do so while working closely with their families and their community. We cannot say how much the support of the community means to everyone in the Green Dot family.
“The vote by the Board is a reminder that charter schools are accountable to the communities they serve, and that this accountability is a key part of our success. We are better when the community engages with us, and we with them. We thank the Board for their support and for the opportunity to be part of a transparent oversight process. We will continue to work with the community to ensure that everyone who wants to attend one of our two schools in Inglewood has the opportunity, and that includes working diligently to ensure our student body accurately reflects the makeup of the community.
“We are very proud of the success we have had at Ánimo Inglewood Charter High School, which has graduated more than 1,500 students over the past 15 years. And now we are excited to add a new dimension to our work in Inglewood and to meet the needs of families who want what we all want: the best for our children.”