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What is the current status of the 5-Year Agreement?

In 2014, BCS and LASD both supported a 5-Year Facilities Agreement and agreed to an enrollment cap of 900, with a 5% allowed buffer. As the agreement will expire in June 2019, BCS is proactively taking next steps and formally requesting facilities from the District through a process referred to as Prop 39. We anticipate that LASD will work collaboratively throughout this process to provide facilities to our growing BCS community.

What is Prop 39 and what does it mean for BCS?

  • Prop 39 (Proposition 39) is a state law passed in 2000 that requires school districts to share “reasonably equivalent” space (both classroom and non-classroom space) with charter public schools. These facilities must share a common border, have similar furnishings and equipment, and be located near the charter school’s desired location.
  • To comply with Prop 39, BCS must file a written facilities request with LASD annually by November 1st in order to be deemed eligible for facilities during the upcoming school year. A final decision on facilities for the following school year must be made by April 1st.

What was BCS’s Prop 39 request for the 2019-20 school year?

  • BCS has requested the appropriate classrooms, specialized teaching space, and non‐teaching space to support 1,105 students, BCS’s total average daily attendance for the 2019‐20 school year (based on actual enrolled students).
  • BCS has shared that our preference is to be located on the Egan site, with exclusive use of the site during the entire school day. Because BCS is the largest school in the district, the site already has the types of facilities needed for all 9 grades, and it would impact the fewest number of public school students, we believe this to be the least disruptive option. We regret any disruption for even a single child for a single year, but note that the District has had many years, including the most recent five years pursuant to the settlement agreement, to effectively plan for a more permanent single site solution while BCS students have been housed in “temporary” portables on multiple sites.
  • In order to implement physical education, BCS has requested reasonably equivalent outdoor playground space and playing field areas, and access to these spaces every day from 8:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Additionally, we’ve requested a gymnasium, tennis courts, track, and locker room facilities for BCS’s middle school program. These requests mirror the facilities that BCS’s counterparts at other LASD schools enjoy.

Why should LASD provide facilities for BCS?

  • In 2000, California voters passed Prop 39 requiring that all public school students (district and charter) should have equal access to public facilities paid for with public tax dollars.
  • It is the responsibility of the LASD Trustees to share facilities equally among ALL public school students in the district without favoring students in district-run schools over those in other public schools like BCS.
  • Of the 1,105 students enrolled in BCS for the 2019‐20 school year, 96% reside in‐district. We are proud to be part of the public school ecosystem in Los Altos by providing another high-quality public education option to local families.

Additionally, this video provides more information about the Prop 39 process and charter schools in California.

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