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first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! THE Los Angeles Unified School District may have no choice but to accommodate the popularity of charter schools under state law, but that doesn’t mean officials have to live up to the spirit of the law. Independent and popular, charter schools have long been requesting, to no avail, that the district allow them to use some of its vacant space. This week, school officials grudgingly gave in, as they must, but offered up school sites that might be rescinded in the fall. Essentially, their offer is a nonoffer, and now some charters don’t know where they will hold classes next school year. The LAUSD doesn’t like the charter school revolution, since it empowers parents, teachers and campus administrators instead of the district’s bloated and largely ineffective bureaucracy. Proposition 39 says the school district has to provide for and support all students equally. These games that the district is using to punish charters show that school officials are committed to their own survival, and not to the education of children.last_img read more