The Venice Neighborhood Council’s Education Committee is hosting a public meeting on Proposition 39 and the impact of “colocation” at Westminster Avenue and Walgrove elementary schools beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 12 at the Westminster Avenue auditorium, 1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd.

“These issues have recently become a major issue for our community, particularly for parents of school children enrolled at Westminster and at Walgrove elementary schools,” said Peter Thottam, chair of the Venice education committee. “At the meeting we will discuss and explore the range of complex factors involved in this Prop. 39 derived change in our local schools.”

Prop. 39 provides for charter operators to have campus space on traditional school campuses where classrooms are underutilized or vacant. Colocation occurs when charter and traditional schools share space and classrooms on the same campus.

Colocation is also occurring at Del Rey and Mar Vista schools.

Ocean Charter shares the same school site with Walgrove, and Green Dot Charter Schools have applied for space and eight classrooms at Westminster, according to Los Angeles Unified School District’s preliminary proposal index.

According to Thottam, LAUSD Board Member Steve Zimmer, who represents Venice and Mar Vista, will attend the meeting, and representatives from Green Dot Charter have also been invited. Zimmer is also slated to address the Venice Neighborhood Council Tuesday, March 15 at its monthly meeting.

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