CCSA Statement on CCSA v. LAUSD Prop. 39 Lawsuit

June 22, 2011

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PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release

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

Jed Wallace, President and CEO of the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA), responds to major development in the CCSA v. LAUSD Proposition 39 lawsuit:

LOS ANGELES, California (June 22, 2011).--"We are pleased to announce that the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) and the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) agreed to stay the Proposition 39 litigation, which this year has enabled more than 16,000 LAUSD charter school students to return to district buildings."

"Proposition 39 was approved by California voters in 2000, requiring districts to provide equitable facilities to charter school students. Under the terms of the new court order, CCSA will monitor LAUSD's Proposition 39 compliance over the next year. The Court will retain jurisdiction over the case, and the parties will return to court one year from today to determine next steps."

"CCSA is hopeful that LAUSD will expand on the progress made toward full compliance with Proposition 39, and continue to provide more classrooms to all public school students, including those attending charter schools."

Background information:

  • CCSA, on behalf of the charter schools in LAUSD, filed a lawsuit in May 2010 to enforce LAUSD's compliance with Prop. 39 and a 2008 Settlement Agreement, the result of a previous lawsuit filed by CCSA and certain charter school operators against LAUSD.
  • In 2010, LAUSD 81 charter schools applied to LAUSD for space, but only 45 received final offers. Only about half of those offers were accepted.
  • This year, 2011, as a result of the lawsuit, LAUSD issued a record 71 offers to charter schools, and a total of 43 schools accepted the offers, nearly double the number of 2010.

About the California Charter Schools Association

The California Charter Schools Association is the membership and professional organization serving 912 charter public schools and more than 365,000 students 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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