A proposal to open a charter school on the grounds of Micheltorena Elementary will be the focus of a community meeting on Wednesday. The school district earlier this month officially offered Citizens of the World Charter eight empty or underused classrooms to establish a Silver Lake school at Micheltorena Elementary. Citizens of the World, which already operates a school in Hollywood, has begun accepting student applications to attend the Silver Lake school. Charter school officials have not replied to several emails from The Eastsider seeking more details about the new school.
The school district’s offer to Citizens of the World, which are made under the provisions of under Prop. 39, has generated concern and opposition among the staff and parents of Micheltorena, with many people saying the arrangement will leave the public school without the necessary rooms for a planned dual language program and other improvements.
The Wednesday community meeting, which is scheduled for 5 p.m. in the Micheltorena Elementary auditorium, is expected to review the process that required the school district to offer available space to charter operators and allow parents to voice their comments on the subject.
L.A. Unified was expected to offer space on about 80 campuses to charter schools this year. But not all the charter schools have or are expected to take the district up on the offer. For example, Los Feliz Charter School for the Arts, which was to be offered three classrooms at Elysian Heights Elementary, will not be expanding after all, said Principal Staci Block.