CCSA v. Los Angeles Unified School District (Measure Q)

Summary

On January 11, CCSA filed a petition for writ of mandate to compel LAUSD's compliance with the California Public Records Act and a complaint for reverse validation to void the decision of the Board to cut $88 million dollars from the charter school facility allocation under Measure Q.

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Case Overview

In 2008, LAUSD allocated $450 million of voter-approved Measure Q bonds to provide new seats through the acquisition, purchase, lease, construction, reconstruction, repair, rehabilitation, furnishing, and equipping of facilities for use as charter schools, and to furnish and equip charter-operated facilities.

Since that time, CCSA spent years attempting to work with the District in order to ensure that the promised funds could be utilized by charter schools. After a series of reductions to the allocation and failures to produce public records, on November 10, 2015, CCSA filed a letter with the LAUSD Board objecting to another reduction and requesting records justifying the reduction and showing how bond proceeds have been spent for charter schools. That day, LAUSD cut $88 million from Measure Q for charter school facilities, thereby reducing the funds allocated for charters to $225 million and breaking their commitment to voters.

On January 11, 2016 CCSA filed a petition for writ of mandate to compel LAUSD's compliance with the California Public Records Act and a complaint for reverse validation to void the decision of the Board to cut $88 million dollars from the charter school facility allocation under Measure Q. In response, LAUSD filed a demurrer attacking CCSA's ability to bring a case challenging the Board's decision to reallocate the bond funding. The demurrer was heard on October 18, and was sustained by the Court.

On December 16, 2016, CCSA filed an amended complaint. LAUSD filed a demurrer to the amended complaint on January 20, 2017. In April 2017, the Court sustained LAUSD's demurrer determining that there was no specific commitment by LAUSD to allocate $450 million from Measure Q to charter schools. As a result, the court ordered the case dismissed. In July, 2017, CCSA filed an appeal to the Second District Court of Appeal.

Starting in January 2018, CCSA began to see the start of some promising changes at LAUSD. The LAUSD Board authorized the creation of a new platform for public access to District data through its "Open Data Resolution" which lays the foundation for better informed policy-making on all issues that affect students and teachers, including facilities access. At the end of March, 2018 the LAUSD Advisory Taskforce, comprised of local civic and education leaders, released a report that recommended that the District hire real estate experts by April 2018 to take a careful inventory of District property and create a comprehensive recommendation for their use by September 2018. Under the circumstances, in April, 2018, CCSA dismissed the appeal

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