The LA charter system is ridiculous! FINALLY an article that exposes it...More and more I see that charter schools are becoming more and more like private institutions with ridiculous obligations in where they are trying to mimic wealthy private schools. Where is the opportunity for those who actually APPLY year after year...what?...that our children have to attend a school that is in the the states lowest 1,000? Like mines? My child is at KIPP in South LA and after reading this article I had to laugh at Larchmont (k-5)..an API score of 983 --- my daughters school (K-3) API was just released...991! The same goes for what DoreenM stated to whats happening at Friends Western School in Pasadena...they're score last year was 850!! Are you KIDDING ME!!!! And they have the nerve to ask for these outlandish donations and so forth to get children in a "good" school.....shameful is what it is....The preschool to kindergarten transfer out here is BRUTAL!!! Its like getting your child into a college!! Either you have to live a nice area or you have to be a founding parent for your child to receive a "good" education ....and from those API scores they should be ashamed - that is far from a good - more like average.