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LAUSD stints on classroom space for charter schools

California Charter Schools Association v. LAUSD


Contact: Joshua P. Thompson

Status: The California Supreme Court issued a favorable decision on April 9, 2015.
 
Summary:
California’s Proposition 39, passed by voters in 2000, requires that charter schools be provided facilities on a “reasonably equivalent” basis to public schools in a given district.  But LAUSD has offered significantly less classroom space to charter schools than they would have been entitled to under the regulatory scheme.

The school district argued that the same space calculations should apply to charter schools as to non-charter schools within the district.  The trial court ruled against the school district, but the court of appeal reversed.  The court of appeal held that LAUSD’s interpretation of the statutes and regulations was reasonable.  The California Supreme Court granted review of the case to decide what methodology should be used when determining the facilities a school district must provide to a charter school.

As amicus in support of the Charter School Association’s petition for review, PLF noted that regulations implementing Proposition 39 lay out a specific method for calculating facilities for charter schools, and LAUSD has not complied.  PLF will make similar argument in its amicus brief on the merits.

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