September 14, 2010 When the price tag of Los Angeles Unified School District's RFK Community Schools was revealed this summer, charter schools were more than disappointed. That's because the same district had denied equitable facilities to dozens of charter schools, leaving many to pursue other options, including building or renting their own space. The lack of adequate space for charter schools has forced CCSA to file a lawsuit against the district; CCSA continues to advocate for equal treatment for charter schools and their students.
The "most expensive school in U.S. history," and the inequities the schools' construction has revealed, have been the source of much media coverage, including an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times by CCSA President and CEO Jed Wallace and two Wall Street Journal articles. The most recent WSJ article, "Battle Over Class Room," gives the example of Larchmont School, a charter which was forced to spend $174,000 on rent, utilities and maintenance instead of on school supplies or educational programs.