The Gardner Center is a leader in conducting research and descriptive studies of California's growing alternative schools. Today, we convene the California Advisory Taskforce on Alternative Schools. Led by Deputy Director Jorge Ruiz de Velasco, the Taskforce includes district and county administrators and school leaders who are experts in alternative education. Taskforce members advise the California Department of Education on developing a robust state school accountability system. The goal: to incentivize school improvement and promote better outcomes for youth in alternative school settings.
Recently, we released two snapshots for alternative school enrollments in five urban unified school districts: Long Beach, Los Angeles, Fresno, Oakland, and San Francisco.