December 3, 2010 Charter schools in Los Angeles scored a major victory this week as the Los Angeles Superior Court ruled that the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) must make Proposition 39 offers to each and every charter school that submits an application to the district for facilities. The California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) filed a lawsuit against LAUSD in May 2010 for continued non-compliance with Prop. 39. This victory is a major step forward in charter schools receiving equitable facilities.
Last year, 81 charter schools applied for facilities to the district, yet only half received offers, and none were compliant with Prop. 39 mandates. This year, LAUSD has a comparable number of applicants, which makes this week's decision more important, as it will positively impact schools in need of sites and seats for their students.
Read CCSA President and CEO Jed Wallace's statement on what this ruling means, as well articles from the Los Angeles Daily News and La Opinión. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa also issued a statement on the ruling.