The Ralph and Goldy Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies
The Influence of Grassroots Organizing on Public School Facility Siting Decisions
- Author(s): Katherine Rose O’Hara
- et al.
Growth across the region has created a public school facilities crisis throughout Southern California’s cities. School districts struggle to house a rapidly growing school population in areas with little vacant land. However, developing new schools, especially in central cities, often disrupts neighborhoods and displaces residents. School districts often fast-track siting approval and bidding processes for new schools and do not meaningfully engage communities in decision-making, causing community distrust of the districts.