The LAUSD Board will vote on a gun violence resolution from Board President Monica Garcia (BD2), Vice President Nick Melvoin (BD4) and Board member Kelly Gonez (BD6), calling on the state and federal government to enact stricter gun laws, including banning assault weapons and large-capacity magazines, universal background checks, and licensing and training gun owners. It also calls for increased funding of mental health services and school emergency preparedness.
The resolution also calls on the LAUSD Superintendent to create a Safe Schools Task Force comprised of parents, students, teachers, administrators, other school-based staff, community organizations, law enforcement experts and district personnel to meet quarterly to review and evaluate the effectiveness of District-wide safety and security plans.
Separately Board Members Richard Vladovic (BD7) and Ref Rodriguez (BD5) are introducing a resolution to increase security at schools entrances and exits.
The Board will also vote on a resolution calling on LAUSD healthcare providers to decrease wait time for teachers to receive healthcare, especially during flu season. It calls on the California Department of Managed Health Care to review the quality and accessibility of care.
LAUSD will also receive a financial report and an update on its Fiscal Stabilization Plan to ensure that LAUSD remains solvent for the next three years.Read More
LAUSD is recommending the denial of a new K-12 charter petition for iLEAD San Fernando Valley, which would have combined three learning centers where students currently blend in-school and online learning.
The iLEAD schools were authorized by another school district but were forced to submit new charter petitions to LAUSD after a state court ruled that charters must be located within the district that authorizes them. LAUSD staff cited concerns about the school’s governance structure and potential conflicts of interest, as well as finances.
If the Board accepts the staff’s recommendation to deny, iLEAD is expected to appeal the decision to the County in hopes that the more than 1000 students currently being served won’t be forced to find new schools.
Two charter renewals are also recommended for approval at Tuesday’s meeting: Accelerated Charter Elementary and Wallis Annenberg High.
Gun violence is also on the agenda. Board President Monica Garcia (BD2), Vice President Nick Melvoin (BD4) and Board member Kelly Gonez (BD6) are co-sponsoring a resolution calling on the state and federal government to enact stricter gun laws, including “banning assault weapons, universal background checks, and licensing and training gun owners.”
The Board also called on the LAUSD Superintendent to:
· Present the Board with district policies on gun violence prevention and active shooter response
· Work with school-based staff to support student gun violence protests while minimizing disruption to instructional time
· Develop strategies to ensure safe schools that are prepared with best-practices for emergency scenarios, which may include additional trainings for school-site personnel for active shooter scenarios, school site drills that are age-appropriate for students, and physical school safety site assessments
· Create a Safe Schools Task Force comprised of representatives of all stakeholder groups (including parents, students, teachers, administrators, other school-based staff, and community organizations), law enforcement experts and district personnel to meet quarterly to review and evaluate the effectiveness of District-wide safety and security plans
· Regularly re-evaluate the District’s readiness to respond to any incident of gun violence on our campuses and annually update the Board on the District’s and schools’ safety plans and quantitative data showing how the District is verifying plan implementationRead More
The LAUSD Board votes Tuesday on a three-year Health Benefits Agreement proposed by the district and its employee unions. The deal essentially perpetuates the status quo and fails to seriously tackle the district’s financial crisis. If the Board rejects the proposal, all sides will be forced back to the negotiating table.
Also at the meeting, Board member Richard Vladovic (BD7) is introducing a resolution calling on health care providers to provide timely access to healthcare providers for employees, including reimbursements for out-of-network urgent care. And Board President Monica Garcia (BD2), and Board members Ref Rodriguez (BD5) and Kelly Gonez (BD6) are introducing a resolution to name March Declaring March as “Immigrant Student, Family, and District Staff Month.”
The Board is also voting to request a waiver from the California Department of Education to allow for an alternate composition of School Site Councils for specified small schools and for Special Education Centers. The entire agenda can be found here.Read More
Two affiliated charters are voluntarily petitioning to revert to traditional LAUSD schools: Chandler Learning Academy and Emelita Academy Charter. Reasons cited by Emelita include: “the elimination of the Block Grant funding source for new Affiliated Charter Schools, the responsibility for creating a Local Control Accountability Plan separate from the District, and the responsibility of updating the local indicators for the California School Dashboard.”
Also on the agenda, two charters, Central City Value and Ivy Bound Academy Math, Science and technology Charter Middle, are recommended for renewal, and one new South Los Angeles charter, Learning By Design Charter, is recommended for approval. The entire agenda can be found here.Read More
The LAUSD Board will meet offsite at Palevsky Center Board Room at the California Community Foundation Tuesday morning to discuss the vision and mission of the Board.
The Board will hear a presentation of ways to function effectively, including: “Differences are never personal in public and are about important issues related to student achievement and well being,” “Members work together to represent the whole district; do not play interest group game” and “Board keeps regulations to a minimum.” Other topics include: “Transparency with Regard to How District Funds Are Spent” and “New Approaches to Stakeholder Engagement.”
The Board will also discuss the qualities of an effective superintendent, as it embarks on the search for a new leader of LAUSD, following Michelle King's recent retirement announcement while on leave to treat cancer.
The Board will reconvene at 3 p.m. at LAUSD headquarters. Board President Monica Garcia (BD2), and Board members Ref Rodriguez (BD5) and Kelly Gonez (BD6) are introducing a resolution to name March “We Are One: Standing with Immigrant Families” Awareness Month. The resolution also recommits LAUSD to inform, students, parents and staff about their right to a free public education, regardless of immigration status.
The resolution in support of immigrants rights comes as unauthorized immigrants knows as Dreamers who were brought to the United States as children are set to lose the status protecting them from deportation known as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in March.
Los Angeles also has the highest number of Central American immigrants of any U.S. city, and the Department of Homeland Security recently announced the decision to terminate, with a transition period, the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designations for specified Central American countries.
LAUSD has declared its school safe zones for all undocumented immigrants.Read More
The Los Angeles Unified School Board will hold its Committee of the Whole meeting Tuesday at Pacoima Middle School to discuss the steps the LAUSD Division of Instruction’s Innovation Office is taking to allow educators to more easily share and implement promising practices across all subject areas. The full agenda can be found here.
According to a preview of the presentation, titled "Learning Together - Innovation and Improvement Sciences," the best practices include not only in-class instruction and management strategies but also ideas relating to school budgets and organization.
The discussion also will focus on ways to ensure that these practices are used in underperforming schools that have access to School Improvement Grants. Principals at San Fernando High School and Sutter Middle School in Canoga Park, both SIG recipients, will discuss how their schools are using grant money to make progress with innovative approaches and practices.
Other topics on Tuesday’s agenda include the Data Privacy Day, the National Day of Service, January as National Mentoring Month, a commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and special recognition for the Board’s Partners of the Month in Districts 2 through 6.
Highlights of the Agenda For the Jan. 16 Regular Board Meeting:
The Superintendent’s Reports will include:
· An update on the governor’s budget proposal
· A master plan for English Learners
· An update on federal legislative priorities
The board will vote on resolutions to:
· Create an Open Data Portal that will put more district data online and make it more accessible
· Create a “Birth To Eight Roadmap To Success” steering committee focused on improving literacy during early childhood
· Recognize and celebrate Black History Month
The full agenda can be found here.Read More