LAUSD Unions Try to Kill Off Another Charter School

The unions that run and control the Los Angeles Unified School district do anything they can to protect the forced dues money from professional teachers. Once teachers go into charter schools they, 90%, vote to disaffiliate with the union—no more dues. In Wisconsin when teachers were given the choice of joining a union 60% immediately said no, forcing two unions to close and merge into the last remaining teachers union. In Los Angeles, at the last minute—without legal notice of a form to be filled out—the union is forcing the closing of a charter school. That is how corrupt LAUSD has become.

“Charter schools are required by Proposition 39 to go through the process of applying for their school sites. The May 1 deadline is just one of the most recent deadlines in an ongoing negotiation about the school’s location.

Amy Held, executive director of the Citizens of the World Charter, said while it did miss the deadline, school officials were taken aback by the decision, especially because the charter school was never formally notified of the change and school officials had expressed interest to LAUSD earlier in the year of staying at the location. “We’ve never gotten anything in writing,” she said.”

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Del Rey charter school left without home for fall

By ANNIE ZAK, LA Register, 5/31/14

Parents of students attending a Citizens of the World charter school in Del Rey got a shock last week when they heard secondhand that the school would have to relocate.

The school, co-located with Stoner Elementary School, opened in the fall and generated some tensions in the neighborhood because of increased traffic. But it was a missed May 1 paperwork deadline with the Los Angeles Unified School District that apparently tripped up the charter school.

Now, students and parents aren’t sure where the school will be located come fall, a predicament for its families who live in the neighborhood and don’t want to travel across the city for school.

Charter schools are required by Proposition 39 to go through the process of applying for their school sites. The May 1 deadline is just one of the most recent deadlines in an ongoing negotiation about the school’s location.

Amy Held, executive director of the Citizens of the World Charter, said while it did miss the deadline, school officials were taken aback by the decision, especially because the charter school was never formally notified of the change and school officials had expressed interest to LAUSD earlier in the year of staying at the location. “We’ve never gotten anything in writing,” she said.

An LAUSD spokesperson said in an email that the district “has communicated its decision to Citizens of the World.”

CWC Mar Vista parents also said they weren’t notified of the change, but said that parents of Stoner Elementary students were.

“LAUSD still has not notified us directly,” said Anoosh Jorjorian, who has a daughter in kindergarten at the charter school. “We had to find out secondhand because Stoner Elementary parents were sent a letter from the district.”

She also expressed concerns that low-income families with students at CWC would be burdened if the new school site is a train or bus ride away. “To have LAUSD take it away for what is one missed deadline in what was an ongoing conversation in which we were very clear that we wanted to stay … is shocking and very upsetting for all of us.”

Though it’s operated by nonprofit Citizens of the World Charter Schools, the Mar Vista site is still a public school.

Held said the school is just hoping to find a solution, especially because CWC Mar Vista intended to expand next year by adding third grade.

“We need to make sure 250 incoming families have a place to go,” she said.

 

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  1. this title to the story is misleading, there was no union involvement, nor did LAUSD try to “kill” off CWC. CWC did themselves in with their elitest and entitled culture. they thought they were above the law and untouchable. traffic was only one problem, the community school aslo complained about the separate and unequal condidtions (SEGREGATION) created by the co-location of CWC mar vista. You can read more about this at:http://cwcmarvista-co-location-stoner-lausd.blogspot.com/

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