CCSA Statement on the Los Angeles Superior Court Decision on CCSA vs. LAUSD Proposition 39 Lawsuit

November 10, 2010

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PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
November 10, 2010

Contact: Vicky Waters, CCSA
(415) 505-7575
vwaters@calcharters.org

LOS ANGELES, California (November 10, 2010)

Jed Wallace, President and CEO of the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA), released the following statement on the Los Angeles Superior Court Decision on CCSA vs. LAUSD Proposition 39 Lawsuit.

"We are very pleased by the Court's decision to reject the Los Angeles Unified School District's attempt to dismiss the case."

"When voters approved Proposition 39 in 2000, they intended for districts to provide charter schools with equitable access to space and facilities, and to be treated fairly as part of the public school system."

"Unfortunately, LAUSD has been a repeat offender over the last decade, chronically refusing to comply with the law, including last year, when 81 charter schools applied for facilities under Proposition 39, with only 45 purporting offers, yet none of them were compliant, or even sufficient, to meet classroom and student needs."

"Parents in LAUSD are choosing to enroll their children in charter schools at an unparalleled pace, and with that growth, there are legitimate facilities needs that must be met. Proof of that is the fact that 30 charter schools attended today's hearing, representing 12,000 Los Angeles public school students. This year, we anticipate the number of applications for Prop.39 facilities to be on par with last year."

"We will continue to work diligently to ensure LAUSD complies with the law, and offers charter schools and students fair and equal treatment."

Background Information

  • CCSA, on behalf of the charter schools in LAUSD, had sought for compliance of Prop. 39 and the Settlement Agreement of 2007, the result of a previous lawsuit filed by CCSA against LAUSD.
  • LAUSD has issued over $10 Billion in bonds - most of which - over $6 Billion - was earmarked for new construction -- to build 180,000 new classroom seats despite declining district enrollment of 16%.
  • Proposition 39 was approved by the voters in 2000 with the intent of forcing districts to provide equitable and adequate facilities to charter school students. In exchange for equal access to facilities, charter schools and their proponents agreed to support a measure to lower the voter threshold that districts need in order to pass school bonds (to 55%). LAUSD's three bond measures--K, R, and Y--were approved post-Prop 39 as a result of the bargain.

About the California Charter Schools Association

The California Charter Schools Association is the membership and professional organization serving 912 charter public schools in the state of California. The Vision of the California Charter Schools Association is to usher in a new era in public education so all students attend independent, innovative, accountable schools of choice. The Mission of the California Charter Schools Association is to influence the legislative and policy environments, leverage collective advocacy, and provide resources to support our members in developing and operating high quality, charter schools reflective of California's student population. For more information, please visit www.calcharters.org.

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