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4LAKids - Co-Location: WHY CHARTER SCHOOLS ARE TEARING PUBLIC CAMPUSES APART

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Co-Location: WHY CHARTER SCHOOLS ARE TEARING PUBLIC CAMPUSES APART

BY GARY COHN – HOT IDEAS FOR A COLD ECONOMY – THE FRYING PAN HTTP://BIT.LY/1ABS94W


Illustration: Lalo Alcaraz
on July 17, 2013  ::  For more than 30 years each, Cheryl Smith-Vincent and Cheryl Ortega have shared a passion for teaching public school in Southern California. Smith-Vincent teaches third grade at Miles Avenue Elementary School in Huntington Park; before retiring, Ortega taught kindergarten at Logan Street Elementary School in Echo Park. Both women have been jolted by experiences with a little-known statewide policy that requires traditional public schools to share their facilities with charter schools. Ortega says she has seen charter-school children warned against greeting non-charter students who attend the same campus. Smith-Vincent reports that she and her students were pushed out of their classroom prior to a round of important student tests – just to accommodate a charter school that needed the space.
“It was extremely disruptive,” Smith-Vincent says of the incident.
The practice of housing a traditional public school and a charter school on the same campus is known as “co-location.” Charters are 

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