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Gabriella Charter Renewed for Five Years

LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy's office plans to investigate space-sharing concerns that may result from Gabriella's colocation with Logan Street Elementary School.

This updated version of the story includes information provided by LAUSD about the vote and Gabriella's agreement with the district.

After much debate, LAUSD trustees voted unanimously Tuesday to extend the charter of Echo Park's Gabriella Charter School for five more years.

The dance and performance oriented K-8 campus currently occupies 18 classrooms, a dance studio and office space on the campus of Logan Street Elementary School in Echo Park.

According to an LAUSD spokesman, a separate Facilities Use Agreement was similarly renewed--barring any mutually-agreeable changes.

Founded in 2005, Gabriella Charter School boasts an API of 894 and is seen as a feeder school for Downtown's Ramon Cortines High School for the Performing Arts.

Simultaneously, Logan Street Elementary has seen its service expand from K-5 to K-8 grades over the last year.

It has also instituted an innovative bilingual curriculum and seen API scores improve under principal Luis Ochoa, named Echo Park-Silver Lake Patch's 2011 Person of the Year.

Parents of children attending both schools attended the board meeting Tuesday to speak passionately.

Logan parents and other supporters worried that Gabriella's continued growth puts Logan's future at stake.

LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy's office has also been charged with exploring options to better accommodate both programs into the future.

At the board meeting Tuesday, Deasy said he would work to find additional space for Gabriella, so that Logan could continue to grow.

Deasy also called Gabriella a "model" and noted that we want to be sure that the students at Gabriella are not "compromised, but we don't want to limit Logan's growth."

He also noted that smaller charters are most likely to be successful in colocations with LAUSD schools under Proposition 39.

Gabriella's charter predates Prop 39 but does raise some of the same issues other local schools face in colocations.

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lulu wilson November 15, 2012 at 07:15 PM
Why can't these schools do the respectable thing and aquire their own campuses? No public space should be put on the auction block like this; This is a civil rights infringment, limiting space for the public and replacing with a screening process, "lottery"type school that is funded by private money.
LT November 15, 2012 at 10:21 PM
Maybe it would be better if these charter schools were forced to co-locate with a competing charter school. Then they would know how it feels.
J, F, November 16, 2012 at 01:24 AM
Just want to congratulate the Principal of Logan Street Elementary Mr, Luis Ochoa for he's effort and Achievement in working together with parents in helping our son's.
Cheryl Ortega November 16, 2012 at 04:20 PM
The Logan Community was very pleased to hear Supt Deasy and Board Pres Garcia heap high praise on Logan and its achievements in the last four years especially its dual language program and addition of a middle school. Looking forward to Deasy's promise to come back in 30 days with a solution to the space encroachment issue. The middle school needs a science lab, PE changing space, and a library like all public middle schools have.
Joan Kramer November 24, 2012 at 07:09 AM
Cheryl -- I particularly appreciate your plug for a library. Gabriella definitely needs to allow Logan to grow and serve Echo Park as it is trying to do. I love the idea of finding space for two charters so they can see what it's like trying to share limited space. Thank you to his devoted community of Echo Park. We really need to support our PUBLIC schools.

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