Franklin Teachers Oppose Co-Location Effort

UTLA rep. says teachers don't want to share their campus with charters.

Should Los Angeles International Charter High School (LAICHS) succeed in its effort to co-locate at , they won't be welcomed by the existing teaching staff, said Franklin UTLA representative Monica Whalen.

The Hermon-based LAICHS is currently in the process of applying to use 12 open classrooms at Franklin High School through Proposition 39, a state law which allows charters to make use of public school facilities.

According to Prop 39 law, the district is required to make an offer of facilities to LAICHS by April 1. The terms of that offer are not subject to public comment.

In response, Whalen has authored a petition expressing the union's opposition to the possible co-location.

The petition, which had 253 signatures as of 4 p.m. on Monday, can be found here.

"We want to make them know they're not going to be welcome," Whalen said.

Whalen said the co-location of LAICHS students onto Franklin's campus would limit student access to gym and library facilities, burden staff with added administrative tasks and open the school to increased competiton from the charter.

Patch was unable to contact LAICHS Executive Director Clifford Mosely on Monday afternoon, but hopes to follow up on Tuesday.

LAICHS enrolls about 250 students per-year.

Asked if she feared that her petition might create a hostile environment for charter students, Whalen said she did not wish violence on anybody.

"I don't want anything hostile to happen to the kids," Whalen said.

She added: "You have this group, they're coming to our campus and they are not welcome. They are forcing themselves on us."

Check Patch tomorrow for continued coverage of this story.

Mary Jenn March 30, 2012 at 08:45 AM
The relocation of this charter school at Franklin is not right. Yes I agree that students should not be denied a space to learn but if this charter school comes and locates themselves in OUR campus we ourselves would have limited resources. Dealing with budget cuts and many good teachers being laid off our school is doing great and getting by with the limited sources we already have. Looking at stats, I don't see where this school is going wrong in the first place. Decathlon team? Cyber Patriot team? Our school is producing many great students. I'm a senior at Franklin, and even though this proposed plan doesn't affect me, it effects my other fellow panthers who remain and those to come.
xoxo March 31, 2012 at 12:39 AM
@Susan, its all public knowlegde. You can always walk into any lausd office and speak with mag. Coordinator. There is also info on dropout rate, grad rate, enrollment, and much higher test scores.
Rene Diedrich April 22, 2012 at 09:51 AM
These are good sources and magnet schools are notably functioning much higher than a general population of students. The SLC movement tried to adopt some of the elements in charters that lend to Thier success. To my knowledge magnate schools are open enrollment but require a parent to facilitate it , and students are obligated to keepnthier grades up. There are teacger's in that SLC as it is deemed now, who regularly reject any kid they feel won't perform from AP class. With test scores so important to administrator's,this kind of passing off of students may escalate. It's an unacceptable practice. It would be nice if the school Lausd built to appease overcrowding actually did this, rather than pit teachers against one another. Of course overcrowding is not so much an issue of space but teacher shortages intentionally cultivated by leadership..
Rene Diedrich April 23, 2012 at 01:49 AM
They believe every kid in both school deserves a safe and serene school where they can study, socialize and see adults acting as adults should act. If Whalen can't cool her jets, the public should fire her. In fact, the public should demand to be involved in dismissal for all LAUSD employees , including Mr. Deasy, if they see misconduct.,it's your school people, take it back Ohhhhh, she's a union rep! That figures. Instead of defending innocent teachers being illegally fired without benefit of due process. She is part of an organization that is a Judas. She is probably insiting teachers to help Deasy achieve his goals of an all new staff of cheap TFA temps, who will be doomed without vets to show them the way.
Rene Diedrich April 23, 2012 at 01:51 AM
Susan, send me an email at radaxis7@aol.com . I have some information for you.


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