CCSA Statement on CCSA vs. LAUSD, CA Superior Court Decision, Regarding Prop. 39 Facilities Lawsuit
June 29, 2012
For Immediate Release
Contact: Vicky Waters, CCSA
On June 27, the CA Superior Court issued a ruling finding that LAUSD has failed to comply with Proposition 39 and its implementing regulations in calculating school space, including the number of classrooms, offered to charter schools for the 2012-13 school year. Therefore, the court ordered LAUSD to recalculate the Prop. 39 final offers issued to charter schools this past April, using the appropriate methodology required by the regulations.
Jed Wallace, president and CEO of the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA), issued the following statement:
"We are pleased with the Court's finding. While we understand the District has voiced concerns about how the ruling may create compliance challenges, our goal is to ensure that all public school students in Los Angeles, including those who attend charter schools, have equitable access to safe and adequate facilities. Under the law, all public school students--including charter school students--have the right to access quality publicly funded school facilities, yet year after year, charters face uncertainty and inequity when it comes to identifying and securing facilities for their staff, students and families."
"For years, the charter school community has worked with LAUSD to identify facilities solutions, and we believe the District can comply with the law without impacting or displacing district students, or further burdening charter school students. We have communicated our willingness to work with the District on solutions. We are asking only that the district follow the law, and that they not marginalize families who chose charter public schools for their kids. Much as charter schools are partners with the district in working towards our common goal of ensuring all students in Los Angeles receive a high quality education, we hope to be partners in finding long-term facilities solutions, which comply with the law, to accommodate all public school students."
About the California Charter Schools Association
The California Charter Schools Association is the membership and professional organization serving 982 charter public schools and more than 412,000 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.