UPDATED 9:22 AM PT — Wednesday, January 30, 2019
The Los Angeles Unified School District is putting a temporary pause on new charter schools as part of their agreement to end the teachers strike.
In a statement Tuesday, the district said they will ask California lawmakers to study how charter schools impact the districts ability to deliver quality programs.
This comes after a six-day demonstration by thousands of public school teachers who said the increase in charters is the reason their schools are losing funding.
With more than 200 schools in the district, students are leaving the public school system at an alarming rate with funds following close behind them.
“The resources have been dwindling, the staffing has been dwindling, from my understanding, and it’s getting to a point where it’s just not sustainable. students are suffering.” — Gerardo Marquez, counselor at Bellmont High School
The study will take into account the academic and economic impact charters have on public schools to determine possible policy changes.
Along with the study, the agreement also offers additional staff, pay raises for teachers, class size reductions and state-funding for special needs students.
Teachers showed overwhelming support for the deal, and have since returned to their classrooms.