Seeking to calm a backlash at traditional Los Angeles schools, a top district official promised this week to reconsider offers of classroom space on those campuses to charter schools.
The idea of privately operated charter schools sharing space with regular schools was met with fury at many affected campuses, including Taft High in Woodland Hills and Crenshaw High in South Los Angeles. Teachers and parents have complained that their own reforms and programs would be harmed.
Charter operators aren’t too happy either: Many still await offers, while others are considering whether proposed deals are affordable or adequate.
Senior Deputy Supt. Ramon C. Cortines stepped into the fray with unscheduled remarks at a “town hall” this week before a standing-room-only audience of more than 800 in Taft’s auditorium.
“I want to review each issue,” Cortines said. “We had to pause, take a breath and look at . . . what we must do for charter schools but also how it affects . . . the regular school.”
Under state law as well as a recent settlement of litigation, the Los Angeles Unified School District must share facilities “fairly” with charter schools. Charters are independently run public schools that operate with less state regulation in exchange for boosting student achievement.