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What’s at stake for LA parents, students if school board votes to put a moratorium on charter schools




El Camino Real Charter High School in Woodland Hills, Calif., on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016.
El Camino Real Charter High School in Woodland Hills, Calif., on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016.
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Los Angeles Unified School District board members are gearing up for a vote Tuesday afternoon on a resolution to put a moratorium on charter schools.

A cap was proposed by United Teachers Los Angeles President Alex Caputo-Pearl just days before the LAUSD teachers strike. The school board is voting instead to put a temporary moratorium to create any additional charter schools. Charters have been a hot button issue for some time. They were not part of teachers union negotiations with the district.

Rather, it has been a topic of conversation around the teachers union and LAUSD bargaining table, and with charter parents, especially some who feel that their voices around the issue of charter schools have not been heard. Caputo-Pearl has argued that charters take valuable resources from other LAUSD schools, and stifle traditional public school enrollment.

Larry speaks to KPCC Education Reporter Kyle Stokes and California Charter School President Myrna Castrejon for the latest on Tuesday’s LAUSD school board vote.

Guests:

Kyle Stokes, KPCC’s K-12 education reporter; he’s been following the story

Myrna Castrejon, president and CEO of the California Charter School Association