LA TIMES HOMEROOM BLOG
Caprice Young, the head of the California Charter Schools Assn. and former Los Angeles school board member, is expected to announce this morning that she is stepping down to take a new job at an education company.
Young is credited by both critics and supporters of charter schools with spearheading the movement in California, which grew during her five-year tenure to more than 300 publicly financed, independently run campuses.
Young has accepted a position with Knowledge Universe, a global education company based in Santa Monica that serves students here and abroad and online. It was founded by Michael Milken and his brother Lowell Milken. Young will be vice president, business development and alliances, with Knowledge Universe.
Young was a school board member and president before she was ousted in a tough election in which the teachers union ran a candidate against her. She was part of a bloc of board members supported by then-Mayor Richard Riordan to reform the troubled Los Angeles Unified School District.
-- Beth Shuster - Photo from CCSA