CCSA and OUSD Agree to Place Prop. 39 Lawsuit on Hold

September 29, 2016

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Emily Bertelli
Director, Media Relations & Public Affairs
CA Charter Schools Association

John Sasaki
Director, Communications
Oakland Unified School District

The California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) and the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) are pleased to announce that we have reached an agreement to stay the lawsuit that CCSA filed against OUSD concerning OUSD's compliance with Proposition 39 (Prop. 39) law. Under the stay, CCSA and OUSD will seek the Court's approval to put the case on hold until after OUSD issues preliminary and final Prop. 39 facilities offers for the 2017-18 school year. OUSD will work collaboratively with CCSA and its local charter schools to provide a transparent Prop. 39 process that ensures equity and fairness for all Oakland students.     Prop. 39 is a California law passed in 2000 that requires public school facilities be shared fairly among public school students, including charter school students. School districts are required to make "reasonably equivalent" facilities available to charter schools located within the school district.

CCSA and OUSD look forward to working together to ensure that all students receive equitable access to OUSD facilities.

About the California Charter Schools Association  The California Charter Schools Association's vision is to increase student learning by growing the number of families choosing high quality charter public schools so that no child is denied the right to a great public education. Our mission is to ensure a million students attend charter public schools by 2022, with charter public schools outperforming non-charter public schools on every measure. We do this by serving as the advocacy organization that builds the policy environment needed to grow as quickly as possible the number of students attending high quality charter public schools. For more information, please visit our website at

About the Oakland Unified School District In California's most diverse city, Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) is dedicated to creating a learning environment where "Every Student Thrives!" Nearly half of its 50,000 students speak a non-English language at home. Each of its 126 schools is staffed with talented individuals who unite around a common set of values: Students First, Equity, Excellence, Integrity, Culturally-Responsive and Joy. OUSD is committed to preparing all learners to excel in college, career and community.