No longer content to have a single lawsuit going against LASD, BCS sued again this time over the 2012-13 facilities. Doug Smith's blog post has a pretty accurate description. There's really nothing new in there that wasn't presented already in court filings from the previous case. They are still desperately trying to portray the K-6 and the 7 & 8 facilities as separate issues, but of course they are not. The entire facilities offer is a single, holistic one, and it is given to BCS' entire K-8 program to do with as they wish. There is nothing that locks BCS' K-6 program to Egan, so claims of space per K-6 student using only Egan resources are intentionally misleading.
Now that we have a new lawsuit, there is a whole new process of discovery (fact finding). LASD has made some pretty bold claims about the semi-private nature of BCS' operations, and they have already backed it up with evidence. Discovery will allow them to dig in even further into the operations of BCS for even more evidence.
It really boggles my mind that BCS would willingly file this lawsuit and open themselves up to this level of public scrutiny of their operations. But apparently the reality distortion field is so strong over there they think such things will be irrelevant to the outcome. I have to wonder how long the broader charter school community will continue to stand behind them as this case progresses.
It will also be interesting to see the Huttlinger Alliance getting actively involved in this case. While LASD may not have legal standing for to make some arguments, the parents of children in LASD schools certainly do.
I really wish BCS would just focus on the educational outcomes for their students rather than distracting both their school and our whole community with their petty facilities whinging.