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Monday, January 5, 2013


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Court of Appeal Publishes Opinion on Charter Schools


By a MetNews Staff Writer


This districtís Court of Appeal Friday certified for publication its opinion in California Charter Schools Association v. Los Angeles Unified School District.

In that opinion, written by assigned Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Edward Ferns and filed on Dec. 5, a unanimous Div. Five upheld Los Angeles Unified School Districtís method of assigning classroom space to charter schools, saying the districtís use of ďnorming ratiosĒ was consistent with the intent of Proposition 39. 

That proposition, approved by California voters in 2000, required public school districts to share their facilities fairly among all public school pupils, including those in charter schools.

The California Charter Schools Association had sued the district, challenging its method of counting classrooms the school district was required to take into account.

The panel reversed Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Terry Greenís ruling in favor of the association, saying that under its analysis the school district would have to count classrooms that had been contracted for but not yet built and classrooms at closed school sites.

Presiding Justice Paul Turner and Justice Sandy Kriegler concurred in the opinion.

The case is California Charter Schools Association v. Los Angeles Unified School District, B242601.


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