Huntington Park Leaders Voted to Ban New Charter Schools for a Year

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The small, densely populated city of Huntington Park is peppered with schools, about two dozen in 3 square miles. At least 10 are charters, and city leaders contend they’re bringing in unwanted traffic.

Maria Silva, a parent of a charter school graduate, speaks to parents and charter school supporters during a rally in front of Huntington Park City Hall to protest a moratorium on new charter schools. (Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

Maria Silva, a parent of a charter school graduate, speaks to parents and charter school supporters during a rally in front of Huntington Park City Hall to protest a moratorium on new charter schools. (Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

Their solution is to try to ban new charter schools.

Huntington Park City Council members voted 4 to 1 late Tuesday to extend a moratorium on new charter schools until September 2017.

Both charter advocates and opponents were at the council meeting, each side armed with public speakers, wearing color-coordinated T-shirts and carrying signs.

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