LAUSD board meets to avoid showdown with charter schools

The Los Angeles Unified School District is deciding the future of several charter schools. Last week, the district recommended shutting down some of the facilities.

the issue is the school district regulations. Officials for several charter schools say they are too strict and not consistent with state law.

LAUSD says its policies are based on a national model and they provide protection for students and accountability for taxpayers.

In addition to the battle between the charters and the LAUSD, there's the controversy surrounding the former president of the board, Ref Rodriguez. Even though Rodriguez stepped down as board president, he refuses to resign even after he was charged with 25 misdemeanors for alleged money laundering in his school board campaign.

Rodriguez remains on the board and he can vote on the charter decision. The Teachers Union is asking Rodriguez to be removed from the board and not allowed to vote on the matter.

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