The LA Unified school district is analyzing why certain charter schools operate on split campuses. In a report being presented to the school board at a meeting today, the staff found 24 charters using shared facilities on traditional school sites, and one-third of them are divided among three sites.
Representatives of LA Unified charters are saying the number of charter schools sharing multiple sites has increased to 24 from 19 in just a year, a trending driving complaints from the state charter schools association.
“The district has failed year after year to try to find more classrooms for charter students so that schools can remain on one campus, and this trend is unacceptable,” said Phillipa L. Altman, the senior litigation counsel for the California Charter Schools Association. “This is a district with declining enrollment, and they are making statements without any clear transparency.”
The analysis is the district’s way to comply with requirements of Proposition 39, which allows charters access to available space in traditional schools. The district report explains why these 24 charter schools cannot be housed in one location, and the reasoning must be filed with the state.