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Franklin Says Charter Co-Location Would Disrupt Students

The move would displace students in the school's Arroyo Seco Academy.

Teachers at claim that the potential relocation of Los Angeles International Charter High School students onto their campus would displace students and disrupt their school day.

, the Hermon-based LAICHS in November applied to operate on Franklin's campus through California's Proposition 39.

Among other provisions that allowed for the funding of public school building projects, Prop. 39 requires public school districts to take applications from charter schools to operate in open classroom space in their buildings.

At Thursday's meeting, Franklin teacher Richard McCarthy told community members that LAICHS' move would result in students in the Arroyo Seco Academy being displaced from their classrooms.

McCarthy, the academy's lead teacher, said that the charter school was offered the use of eight bungalows on the western side of the campus that currently house the Arroyo Seco Academy's classrooms.

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Franklin High School currently comprises five distinct small learning communities, each of which are able to operate on dedicated portions of the campus, said Franklin UTLA Representative Monica Whalen.

Whalen said that, in addition to classrooms, the bungalows also house a computer lab and drafting equipment used by the Arroyo Seco Academy.

According the Arroyo Seco Academy's guiding document--which can be downloaded from the above media box--the academy focuses on preparing students for careers in transportation, architecture and engineering and features a strong technical component.

Whalen said that FHS Principal Joseph Nacorda offered the cluster of bungalows to LAICHS in lieu of housing the charter students in classroom scattered across the campus.

Tony Torres--planning and development director for LAICHS--confirmed that staff from the charter school toured the campus last week during Franklin's spring break and had been offered use of the bungalows. 

However, Torres said he was not aware that LAICHS would be displacing any Franklin Students.

"We have yet to hear anyone say that we would be displacing students," Torres said. "What we've been told is that they have space."

Torres said that Franklin's enrollment is down to 2,000 students from about 3,000.

"They do have space, how they use it is not up to us," Torres said.

LAICHS currently enrolls about 250 students and operates on a small hillside campus at 625 Coleman Avenue in the Hermon.

Torres said LAICHS is required by Prop. 39 to either accept or decline LAUSD's proposal by May 1, 2012. He said a decision would likely be made within two weeks.

Following LAICHS' tour of Franklin--which was conducted by LAUSD staff--Whalen and about 100 Franklin students staged a protest on the Hermon campus.

"They came to our campus and passed out fliers encouraging students to come to their school, so we thought we would go there and invite them to become Franklin Panthers," Whalen said. "We have Academic Decathlon, we have the environmental club, we have Cyber-Patriots. We thought they might want to think again about coming to Franklin. Our students were very respectful." 

Torres denied that anyone from LAICHS had ever passed out fliers on Franklin's campus, and added that he intentionally scheduled the tour of the campus during Franklin's spring break so as to not disrupt students.

"We wanted to be respectful as possible," Torres said.

Rene Diedrich April 15, 2012 at 07:28 PM
I am not really political but I prefer socialism to fuedalism. I saw the book ad there, but I am more interested in the insights of the write. She actually has her own site which is much better. With the Internet we cannot afford to be too depiscriminating. We may not agree with everything the sites are about, but our efforts are not bi- partisan. Learly liberals, Republicans, tea bangers, progressives and neo liberals are exploiting schools for profit . I am an independent who is no longer inclined to vote given the mendacity of these political agendas. However, I urgepeople to join the growing group of techers and parents , taxpayers, so are demanding the recall of board president Monica Garcia. We all need to study the candidates for school npboard closely and vote this time out. I will not endorse anyone, but I endorse change. Big change and deep scrutiny of Mr. Deasy who has a questionable agenda.
Susan R April 15, 2012 at 08:59 PM
Interesting that you are an independent, I think that is probly where the smart people are. I encourage you to attend neighborhood council meetings and speak up in the 2 minute speaker time for the general public. The next Greater Cypress Park neighborhood council meeting is Tuesday night at 7:00PM at Cypress Park in the building next to the gym with the basketball courts. Standing up for what is right means speaking up. I hope you continue to do that. You may be an idependent thinker but I don't think your part of the Independent Party. They do not agree with socialism. Who is the "she" your talking about? Please continue to speak up and come to neighborhood councl meetings.
Rene Diedrich April 18, 2012 at 04:18 AM
http://www.nytimes.com/schoolbook/posts/4128-what-should-be-done-to-improve-relations-between-schools-in-shared-buildings Susan another poster suggested I look over the stats 4 @Franklins report card on lauds.net. & up util recently air was LAN average Lausd HS with similar demographcs iim sure my school did not make the leaps across achievement gal they suggest & I highly doubt Franklin's students are suddenly so apathetic. As you may know cheating on these test is a national embarrassment. Given the lack of any security for the exam &LAUSD's propensity for deception +fruad, its worth finding math whiz to look at test data from last several years Its possible Franklin was set up to make room for charter that will essentially be LAUSD rather than competition to anyone except students and teachers? Charted and comprehensive schools are only as successful as their districts and CEO will allow , so remember failure is often very lucarative, if you can unify a few Teacher's, students and fellow parents to support the cause, you could expose the district and orchestrate a coup. Let the people in your community take your schools back l many smaller districts emancipated the selfs from Lausd and are far batter for it Washing Heights Unified School Distrrict has a nice ring, I will see what. I can do about attending one of your meetings, it looks as if I may write a blog here an I believe your school epitomizes the devestating discord profiteers inflict on students.
Susan R April 18, 2012 at 05:05 AM
Rene, you know a lot. A lot more than most, and certainly a lot more than I do. I have seen a lot by experience, but you certainly know a lot more than I. I used to support testing. I no longer do. I know a teacher aid that does Title I. She used my computer to put records on the school website (that is probly not the correct word but I don't know what company runs the program). I saw how much time was involved in just putting records and scores on the computer. And, I saw how confusing the computer program was. It was such a waste of time. And, not only that she did not get paid for the time she was inputing the scores into the computer system. And, she did not get paid travel time to go see the students. I do believe there has got to be some measure of improvements like tests, but this definately was not the way to go. And, as you mention, people can and do cheat. I think a blog is a great idea. I am for breaking up the district into smaller communities. Private schools run on a very small profit margin but yet have very good results. There has to be competition. Cypress Park is the only community that has school choice in where to go to high school. Students get to go to Franklin or Lincoln because both schools are an equal distance. And, I think I know where most choose to go. Now if all schools had to compete for students and money there would be improvement. i am against the teachers union and LAUSD. Both have failed.
Anonymous Net. April 30, 2012 at 10:52 PM
$$$$$ - LAICHS staffers are penny-pinchers, they care about their bottomline.

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