Good Fences Make Good Neighbors

Please join me in supporting the three LASD Board of Trustees candidates who’ve dedicated themselves to serving the whole LASD community, and who will continue to pursue a balanced resolution of our long-term facilities capacity issue:

  • Bryan Johnson
  • Vladimir Ivanovic
  • Vaishali ‘Shali’ Sirkay

Please say NO to this year’s Bullis Charter School candidate, Ying Liu.

Today, as was true in the past and will be in the future, there is simply no seat on the LASD Board of Trustees for an antagonistic BCS proxy. This is especially true now that BCS has asked LASD to hand over Egan Junior High for its exclusive use. 

BCS leadership is out of step with the views of BCS parents I know, and now they’re ginning up confrontation after five years of relatively peaceful detente. BCS leadership takes positions and actions that contradict what the LASD community has said consistently it values and is willing to support:

  • No closure of any LASD neighborhood schools
  • An end to the antagonism between the district and charter school
  • Adding new school facilities to address long-term enrollment growth
  • A durable solution to the costly annual charter facilities allocation battle

LASD voters approved a $150 million facilities bond to develop new school facilities, and BCS is poised to be the beneficiary of impending development of a new state-of-the-art campus for all 900 BCS students on one site.

When BCS was founded, it touted the value of a small school education but has since chosen to grow aggressively, resulting in annual conflicts and even litigation over facilities.

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Last week, BCS announced a dramatic, entirely voluntary expansion of enrollment to more than 1,100 students in an attempt to derail the hard-won and generous accommodation of a brand new campus, because it’s not in their preferred location. What’s more, they’re willing to displace Egan Junior High to get what they want. 

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