In a stunning turn of events, the Los Angeles Unified School District board passed a resolution asking for a moratorium on new charter schools.

This was part of the new contract with the UTLA, the United Teachers of LA, but many observers predicted that the board would never pass the resolution because four of its six members were elected by the charter lobby’s money.

Apparently the only no vote was cast by Nick Melvoin, whose campaign received more than $5 million from the charter advocates.

More than 1,000 charter students and parents massed outside the building to oppose the moratorium, although none of their schools would be affected by it. They were brought out by charter operators hoping to open more charters, even though 82% of current charters have vacancies, according to board member Scott Schmerelson.

The decision about a moratorium will be made by the legislature.