Charter schools won a huge victory against the Los Angeles Unified School District when the California Supreme Court ruled Thursday the district failed to give the charters enough space.
LAUSD was supposed to turn over a like number of classrooms to charters, but in tallying up the split it was erroneously ignoring rooms that had other uses — such as storage, adult education or for preschools, the court ruled in a unanimous decision.
In its analysis, LAUSD was only counting classrooms staffed by teachers, and it was not the position of the district to determine how charters should operate, the court ruled.
“The freedom granted to charter schools is intended to promote choice and innovation and to stimulate competition within the public school system,” the opinion said.
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The Court also stated:
“The Legislature authorized the creation of charter schools in order to promote choice, innovation, and competition on the premise that charter schools, while remaining accountable for student outcomes, would be largely free to adopt different educational approaches and make different decisions than those made by the school districts in which they operate.”