Los Angeles Fights Court Order to Give More Space to Charters

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Friday, July 13, 2012

Los Angeles school officials are fighting a court order, which took effect Wednesday, that would set aside more classroom seats for charter schools — even if that means traditional schools will lose space for parent centers, computer labs, academic intervention and other services.

Under state law, school districts must offer space to charters that is "reasonably equivalent" to that provided for students in traditional schools. Charters are independently run and are exempt from union contracts and many rules that apply to regular campuses.

L.A. Superior Court Judge Terry A. Green required the school district to make new offers based on a different formula than one it had been using.

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