LAUSD Abruptly Cracks Down On Charter Schools That Took District Classrooms, Then Didn’t Use Them All

In Los Angeles’ tough real estate market, the operators of charter schools have to make do with whatever classroom spaces they can find: hospital daycare centers, downtown office suites, even churches and former Hebrew schools.

Or they can simply claim space on an L.A. Unified School District campus.

A state law known as Prop. 39 requires California school districts to offer classrooms at a relatively modest cost to any charter school that asks for them — and in L.A., many charters do ask. Roughly one out of every five charter schools in the city is “co-located” on an LAUSD campus.

But recently — and abruptly — LAUSD officials have decided to crack down on co-located charter schools that over-estimated the amount of space they’d need.

On Tuesday, LAUSD leaders said they’re demanding payment of hefty “over-allocation fees” from 41 co-located charter schools that, in the end, didn’t enroll enough students to justify the number of classrooms the district gave them. The charters’ Prop. 39 demands likely forced their “host” schools to give up classrooms dedicated for art, music, science or computer classes. Click here to read more: