Kayser Intends to Vote Against Charter Related Items Citing Budget Issues

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March 19, 2012 Last week, LAUSD board member Bennett Kayser indicated directly to CCSA and publicly at the LAUSD Board meeting that he intended to vote against all charter-related items in last week's board agenda due to the district's financial difficulties. He also stated that his opposition to charter schools stems from a failure to adequately serve Special Education and ELL students.

We pushed back, letting him know that his logic on the budget is flawed (fewer students means less ADA but it also means a loss in the cost of educating those students) and that his statements regarding special education and ELL students are factually incorrect. Still, he opposed every charter renewal, new school, and material revision up for action last week (in spite of the schools' tremendous successes). While his position isn't necessarily surprising given his track record to date, it is disconcerting because of the total disregard for what is best for students and parents AND because it is our understanding that he is first of one of three or four Board members to potentially take such a stance.

Call on Tuesday, March 20

Please join us for a brief call on Tuesday, March 20 at 10 am to get up-to-date information on this issue so you can mobilize your school community. The call in number is (605) 562-3000 access code 886660.

You can also use our Action Center to send a letter directly to Boardmember Kayser about this issue.