Two schools sharing one space is posing instructional and organizational problems.
By Robin Potash Wadsworth Elementary (published in the June 22, 2012 issue of the United Teacher Newspaper)
What is co-location? What is Prop. 39? And how do they affect us?
Proposition 39, the School Facilities Local Vote Act, was voted on and passed by the people of California in 2000. The passage of this constitutional amendment changed the threshold required to pass local school district bond issues from a two-thirds supermajority to a 55 percent supermajority vote. It also allowed charter schools to petition for any unused public space.
The LAUSD School Board then voted to specify that any unused school space be made available to charter schools. The District has since put in place procedures and a timeline for charter schools to petition for classroom space on our campuses. (Read more) »
When union activists first developed the concept of charter schools in the early 1990s, their vision was of small experimental schools that could develop best practices and innovative solutions that would benefit and improve all public schools. While today in 2010 there are indeed some few excellent charter schools, the dominant, overwhelming reality is that powerful forces in our society have used charter school laws to promote non-union, problematic charter schools that erode collective bargaining power and degrade public education around the country, especially in large urban Districts. (Read more) »