As Enrollment Dwindles, A Charter School Seeks To Build More Space
Bright Star’s Valor Academy contributes to a charter school building boom financed by taxpayers in the midst of declining student enrollment.
“We hope that one day, we’ll be gathering to commemorate the opening of the newest Los Angeles Historic Cultural Monument and Community Park in North Hills.”
- North Hills Preservation Consortium
As covered in a detailed article by Tracy Abbott Cook, the United States is in the 14th year of a decrease in the growth of its population. The LAUSD’s Beaudry Bureaucrats have known about this demographic shift since at least April 2006, when they noted that “the number of children being born in LA County…had been dropping since 1990.” The decline in the number of school-age children continues today and is not predicted to reverse any time in the near future.
Despite knowing “that enrollment would peak between 2000–2005 and then decline,” the LAUSD, led by Board Member Monica Garcia, engaged in a building boom. Instead of improving existing facilities, the district increased capacity just in time for a predicted crash in enrollment. Space is now being given away to charter schools while public school students languish on campuses desperately needing repairs.
Not having learned the lessons provided by the district’s missteps, the charter school industry is now taking its turn at the public trough as these publicly funded private schools engage in their own building boom. Ignoring dramatic demographic shifts, they are constructing brand new facilities even though the enrollment in charter schools remains essentially flat. While special education remains woefully underfinanced, this new charter school construction is often financed by grants and other giveaways by the government.