Charter Schools News Connection sponsored by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools
Aug 3, 2008 — After two hours of debate last week, much of which focused on funding for public charter schools, the Los Angeles Unified School District Board voted unanimously to place a $7 billion bond measure on the November ballot.
The measure includes at least $450 million to find space for and build public charter schools. Some public charter school supporters, however, are unhappy with the bond measure, which allows the district to retain control over charter sites built with the bond money.
Caprice Young of the California Charter Schools Association said she plans to raise money to fight the measure. She said she would rather see a bond issue that funds public charter schools, but still provides them the flexibility to spend the money, build the schools and then own the property once they are built.
"Unless we own our own schools, we're at the whim of the school district," she said.