Group Sues Huntington Park Over Moratorium on Charter Schools

A group representing charter schools has sued the city of Huntington Park over its decision to impose a yearlong moratorium on new charters.

Charter school supporters take part last month in a rally at Huntington Park City Hall to protest a local moratorium on new charter schools. The moratorium is now the subject of a lawsuit. (Credit: Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times)

Charter school supporters take part last month in a rally at Huntington Park City Hall to protest a local moratorium on new charter schools. (Credit: Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times)

The suit, which was filed Thursday in Los Angeles County Superior Court, seeks to invalidate restrictions the Huntington Park City Council approved last month by a 4-1 vote.

Charters are independently operated and exempt from some rules that govern traditional campuses. Controversy has accompanied their rapid growth, even though they have proved popular with parents. The L.A. Unified School District, which serves Huntington Park, has more charters than any other school system nationwide.

“The city’s politically motivated and discriminatory prohibition of public charter schools, but no other educational institutions, for a full educational year conflicts with California’s policy of expanded educational choices,” states the complaint filed by the California Charter Schools Assn. “The moratorium therefore is void and unenforceable as a matter of law.”

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