Monday, November 12, 2012

Los Angeles Int'l Charter H.S. v. LAUSD (Cal. Ct. App. - Oct. 11, 2012)

I'm ambivalent about charter schools.  Don't think they're nirvana.  Don't think they're the devil.  I see their upsides as well as downsides.  Happy to take a shot at innovation.

But this opinion is assuredly right.  Charter schools (and charter students) surely shouldn't be favored over public school students.  So when LA Int'l Charter H.S. wants space, it's entitled to get it from the LA Unified School District, if there's space available.  But that doesn't entitle the charter school to get space in exactly the place it prefers if there's a nearby facility that has space available with massively less disruption to existing public school students.

Like here.

Exactly right result.  Both below and in the Court of Appeal.