Students, parents protest Green Dot school closure

About 200 Los Angeles high school students marched and took buses today to their charter school’s headquarters and protested its decision to close their campus.

The Green Dot charter school company announced this week that state budget cuts, low enrollment and subpar academic performance led it to announce that Animo Justice Charter in South L.A. will close at the end of this school year.

Ninth grader Sandra Ramirez said most of her fellow students are against the idea.

"I want it to be open because those teachers, they know how to teach real good. And I already got used to that school," she said.

Her mother, Marta Gutierrez, joined her daughter in the protest.

"They made a decision without consulting us," Marta Gutierrez said.

The 19-campus charter company requires parent participation in schools.

For about two hours, Green Dot Chief Executive Officer Marco Petruzzi met in an auditorium with students and their parents.

"They needed to vent their anger and we totally understood, and we listened," Petruzzi said.

This is the second time in a week that Animo students protested; on Monday they held a sit-in at the school.

Petruzzi said he told parents that nearby Green Dot high schools would welcome their children. He said the company doesn’t plan to close other schools.

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