LAUSD’s Huntington Park Considers Charter School Moratorium
Los Angeles is the center of a major push by billionaires Eli Broad and the Waltons to expand the charter school sector.
However, a new, potential complication to the billionaire will for charter schools for non-billionaire children is the sensible idea that public servants might choose to officially put a hold on charter expansion until they can study the issue.
In other words, local officials might vote for charter school moratoriums.
Such is the case in Huntington Park, a city located within the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), as KPCC reports:
The turf war over the expansion of charter schools in the sprawling Los Angeles Unified School District has found an unlikely new battleground that measures exactly 3.1 miles square: the tiny city of Huntington Park.
On Tuesday, city council members there will vote whether to extend a temporary, city-wide moratorium on building new charter schools through early September 2017 — a “timeout” that would give city planning officials an additional 10 months and 15 days to study whether and how to allow new campuses to locate in a small city already packed with 22 schools.
As one might expect, the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) doesn’t like the idea. CCSA is known for fabricated “grass roots” support in favor of charter school expansion– and CCSA is threatening to make a show of their power at the Huntington Park meeting on Tuesday. As KPCC continues:
Mayor Graciela Ortiz said the ordinance does not stem from political opposition to charter schools.
In an interview, she said Huntington Park does not have enough parks, shopping centers or healthy grocery stores, but does have enough schools — and whether they’re charter or district-run, she noted public schools don’t generate sales tax revenues. …
“Our kids have options,” Ortiz said. “So now we need to address other quality of life issues … We’re looking at ways of bringing in revenues and, more than anything, focusing on what our community wants and what our community needs.”
CCSA maintains that the city’s moratorium would violate state law regarding school choice. As such, CCSA is “considering legal action.” The question becomes one of the boundaries of the state to have a law on school choice versus the city’s right to govern itself, including deciding how to implement a state law in a manner that allows the city to make its own decisions over the zoning of its property.
For those who are local, the vote on the moratorium will be at the
- Huntington Park City Hall meeting
- Tuesday, October 18, 2016
- 6 p.m.
- City Hall Council Chambers, 2nd floor
- 6550 Miles Avenue #145
- Huntington Park, CA 90255
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