Compromising The Safety Of Public School Students
To comply with PROP-39, the LAUSD allows privately run charter schools to operate on its campuses without adequate controls to protect children.
“This story was updated to reflect that while the incident occurred at the address for an LAUSD middle school, the students were enrolled at a non-LAUSD charter school that is co-located on that campus.”
The initial report from KTLA that stated paramedics were called to an LAUSD campus in Koreatown on Thursday for a “medical incident” seemed strange given that district students were still enjoying their winter break. The Los Angeles Times clarified the story somewhat by reporting that the incident, which had “no indication of…being fentanyl-related”, occurred at a charter school that they did not name. A correction to the KTLA article then noted that the students attended “a middle school affiliated with the charter school chain Citizens of the World, [that] shares a campus with the LAUSD’s Virgil Middle School”.
Citizens of the World occupies space on the Virgil campus under a provision hidden in PROP-39 when it was passed by voters in 2000. While the electorate was told that the “primary impact” of this measure would be to “reduce the threshold required to pass local California school district bond issues from a two-thirds supermajority vote to a 55 percent supermajority vote”, the fine print also ordered that “each school district shall make available, to each charter school operating in the school district, facilities sufficient for the charter school to accommodate all of the charter school’s in-district students in conditions reasonably equivalent to those in which the students would be accommodated if they were attending other public schools of the district.” The word “co-location” does not appear in the text of the Proposition, but the sharing of campuses is the primary way that the LAUSD complies with the law.