first_imgThis past spring, L.A. voters elected a new, reform-minded school board to oversee the Los Angeles Unified School District. And last week, we may have witnessed one of the fruits of that vote. On Thursday, the district named Jose Cole-Gutierrez head of its charter schools division. This appointment, we can hope, marks a change in the way the district handles the highly successful charter movement. That’s because Cole-Gutierrez’s last job was with the California Charter Schools Association – the group that tirelessly fights for charters, headed up by L.A.’s previous reform-minded school board president, Caprice Young. Which is to say that by all indications, the LAUSD’s top official in charge of charter schools is someone who is committed to charters and their promise, someone who wants to help these campuses to thrive, multiply and succeed. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champIn the past, the LAUSD has tended to regard charters as competition, and done whatever it could to thwart them. But true reformers should recognize charters as a big part of the solution to the LAUSD’s woes. Apparently, this school board does.last_img