The Silver Lake Neighborhood Council will review a proposal Wednesday night to oppose a charter school from opening a new campus on a portion of Micheltorena Elementary. The school district last month offered Citizens of the World Charter eight empty or underused classrooms to establish a new 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.
Micheltorena school parents and other residents are asking supporters to show up at the Silver Lake neighborhood council meeting, which is being held in the school auditorium. “We are hoping to fill the auditorium with Micheltorena supporters,” said Rebecca Crane, a member of the Micheltorena PTA , in an email. “Please invite your friends, family or whomever, to come support us at our … neighborhood council meeting.”
The neighborhood council is an advisory body, however, and has no authority over the 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 neighborhood council meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Click here for an agenda.
* Update: The Silver Lake neighborhood council voted to oppose Citizens of the World Charter School’s plan to share the Micheltorena campus. Patch