HUNTINGTON PARK, Calif., Oct. 13, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Two hundred charter school parents from across southeast L.A. on October 18 will rally at Huntington Park City Hall to call on Mayor Graciela Ortiz and the City Council to end the city's temporary moratorium on new charter schools. Families will demand that United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA), which has funded Mayor Ortiz and whose allies on the City Council include Karina Macias, Marilyn Sanabria and Jhonny Pineda, end its war on charter schools.
"We're fed up with special interests like UTLA and the politicians who are in their pockets standing in the way of our children's education," said Huntington Park parent Jorge Corona, whose children attend charter schools. "For many of us, charter schools are the only hope. If Ortiz and the councilmembers really cared about kids and the community, they would welcome high quality charter public schools, not block them."
More than 80% of charter school graduates in Southeast L.A. have taken the courses necessary for college admission, compared to fewer than 30% of district school graduates.
The Mayor and City Council will vote later that day, at their evening meeting, whether to extend the charter school moratorium.
WHO: 200 charter school families from Southeast L.A.
WHAT: Rally to demand an end to the temporary charter school moratorium approved by the Huntington Park Mayor and City Council
WHEN: Tuesday, October 18, 10 am
WHERE: Huntington Park City Hall, 6550 Miles Ave, Huntington Park, CA 90255
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SOURCE California Charter Schools Association