What if your community had plenty of schools, but not enough great ones? That’s the question that parents in Huntington Park, a small city on the outskirts of Los Angeles County, face. Their answer: invite more charter schools into the community.
But city officials in Huntington Park want to do the opposite. In fact, this month they proposed a “moratorium” on new charter schools.
Families responded. A few weeks after hundreds of families testified at a city council meeting, hundreds more parents held a press conference outside City Hall to speak out against the proposal. Top L.A. media outlets such as the LA Times, Telemundo, Univision, and Hoy covered the rally, where parents shared the difference charter schools have made in their children’s lives, making it clear they were willing to fight for access to a quality education.
Brenda Najera proudly talked about how her daughter is being sought after by college recruiters and she credited her daughter’s charter school in Huntington Park as being the reason why.
“I don’t cry tears of sadness anymore, but rather tears of emotion because charter schools have given my kids an opportunity,” she told attendees at the rally.
Unfortunately the Huntington Park City Council members voted 4 to 1 to extend the moratorium on new charter schools until September 2017. But parents have vowed to keep fighting, with help from CCSA Families and the California Charter Schools Association, which is exploring legal solutions.