Update in CCSA v. LAUSD Prop 39 Facilities Equity Case
October 26, 2012 As previously reported, CCSA filed a motion in its ongoing case against Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) that challenged LAUSD's compliance with Prop. 39, the state law that requires school districts to share facilities with charter schools. In that motion, CCSA asked the trial court to order LAUSD to provide charter schools with the number of classrooms required by law. LAUSD has been employing its district-wide "norming ratio" to allocate classrooms to charter schools, rather than using certain ADA to total classroom ratios required by the Prop. 39 regulations.
CCSA had reason to believe that if the correct calculation was used, charter schools should be offered additional classrooms. On June 27, 2012, the Los Angeles Superior Court agreed with CCSA and issued a ruling finding that LAUSD failed to comply with Prop. 39 and its implementing regulations in calculating the number of classrooms offered to charter schools for the 2012-13 school year.
LAUSD filed an appeal of that order and the matter is now before the California Court of Appeal. CCSA defended the trial court's well-founded ruling in the court of appeal. Read the brief CCSA filed in the court of appeal. In addition, CCSA advocated for an expeditious appellate review so that LAUSD has clear guidelines for the 2013-14 Prop. 39 cycle. We are pleased to report that the briefing in the case is complete and the Court has scheduled argument in the matter on November 28, 2012. CCSA will continue to keep you updated on this important matter.