2024 LAUSD Elections
LAUSD Candidate DeWayne Davis on PROP-39 Co-Locations
How would DeWayne Davis protect students who are negatively affected when public schools are forced to share space with charter schools?
“I believe in the importance and necessity of transparency.”
– BD1 Candidate DeWayne Davis
DeWayne Davis is running for the seat currently occupied by the retiring George McKenna in LAUSD’s Board District 1. As part of my ongoing Candidate Forum series, Davis was asked five questions about PROP-39 co-locations. For the introduction to this subject along with answers from other candidates, please see the article LAUSD Candidate Forum: PROP-39 Co-Locations.
It should be noted that these responses were received after the Board meeting on September 26, 2023, where the resolution proposed by Goldberg and Rivas was passed by the LAUSD School Board by a vote of four to two (Kelly Gonez did not record a vote). At this meeting, the Director of the Charter School Division, José Cole-Gutiérrez, revealed that, despite what has been told to public school parents for years, state law does not state that a room without a certificated teacher is considered empty. This means that it has been the District’s choice to force some students with special education needs into closets or stairwells to receive needed services.
The following are the candidate’s responses, printed exactly how he provided them with the exception of some minor formatting edits:
- Question 1: Do you support the “Creating a Charter Schools Co-Location Policy to Mitigate Impacts Caused by Proposition 39” authored by Board President Jackie Goldberg and Dr. Rocio Rivas?
I believe that all schools will benefit from the added clarity and defined processes the proposed Policy addresses.
- Question 2: Under The way that PROP-39 is currently implemented, rooms used to provide Special Education Services are considered to be “empty” and must be turned over to a charter school to satisfy its demand for space. As a Board member would you work to end this discriminatory practice?