Committee Of The Whole Meeting Sept. 18

The LAUSD Board will take a deep dive look at promoting teacher quality at the Committee of the Whole meeting Tuesday. The presentation by Deputy Superintendent Vivian Ekchian and General Counsel David Holmquist will explore how teachers are hired, how their performance is evaluated and the process for layoffs, dismissal or transferring them to other schools. The Board will also hear about the cost of going through the process of dismissing an LAUSD teacher. The Board will also hear recommendations from a Blue Ribbon Panel on School Safety with City Attorney Mike Feuer. The entire agenda can be found here.

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LAUSD Regular Board Meeting Sept. 11

The LAUSD Board will vote on a resolution from Board President Monica Garcia and Member Richard Vladovic (BD7) to endorse the Schools and Communities First Funding Act, a 2020 ballot initiative to reform Prop 13 so that all commercial and industrial property owners pay their fair share of taxes, which will generate revenue for education funding.

Board Members Garcia, Kelly Gonez (BD6) and Nick Melvoin (BD4) are also introducing a resolution to help ensure a complete count of LAUSD students and their families on the 2020 Census.  The potential addition of a citizenship question on the 2020 Census Questionnaire has created an environment of fear and distrust in immigrant communities, which could lead to an undercount. Even without that question, LAUSD is home to populations that are most frequently undercounted, including children under 6, youth, immigrants, renters, homeless populations, those with limited-English proficiency, as well as those who live in inaccessible apartment buildings.

The superintendent will also give progress reports on two recent resolutions passed by the Board: the Birth to Eight Roadmap to Success and Increasing Supports for LGBTQ+ Students, Their Families and Schools.   

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LAUSD Board Meeting Aug. 21

The LAUSD Board will consider two resolutions to fill the vacant Board District 5 seat. One resolutions from Board President Monica Garcia and Vice President Nick Melvoin calls for a special election, and one from Board Member Scott Schmerelson calls for the appointment of Jackie Goldberg. Melvoin is expected to offer an amendment to Schmerelson’s resolution to create an open process for the community to nominate interim appointees.

The Board will also vote to approve labor contracts for administrators and office workers, both of which are getting 6 percent raises over the course of the deal. And the superintendent will report on its plan to improve student attendance. The entire agenda can be found here.

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Special LAUSD Board Meeting August 15, 2018

The LAUSD Board will discuss the growing cost of health care at a special Board retreat Tuesday and will compare the cost of LAUSD's employee health benefits to those of other California school districts. The Board will also explore whether to add additional time for teacher planning, collaboration and professional development, as well as additional time for student learning. Finally, the Board will discuss district transparency, the progress of the new Open Data portal and the unified enrollment system. The entire agenda can be found here

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LAUSD Regular Board Meeting July 10, 2018

LAUSD will vote on a postponed and subsequently amended resolution originally introduced by Board Members George McKenna (BD1) and Scott Schmerelson (BD3) on June 19 authorizing the superintendent to submit language to the County for a parcel tax to appear on the November 2018 ballot. The $150 million a year parcel tax would reduce the projected 2020 deficit.

Board Vice President Nick Melvoin (BD4) and Board President Monica Garcia (BD2) are introducing the Putting Kids First Means Keeping Families Together resolution demanding the immediate end to immigration policy leading to separation of children and families. Students and employees impacted by family separation immigration policies would receive access to health and mental health services, and it directs the Office of General Counsel (OGC) to investigate the creation of a program to provide pro bono legal counsel to district student and families suffering separation due to federal immigration policies.

The entire agenda can be found here.

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LAUSD Regular Board Meeting June 19

The LAUSD Board is expected to vote Tuesday on a plan to balance the LAUSD budget by slashing the central district staff by 15 percent next year and taking back unspent money from some school-site budgets.  

Board Members George McKenna (BD1) and Scott Schmerelson (BD3) are introducing a resolution that will be voted on Tuesday authorizing the superintendent to submit language to the County for a parcel tax to appear on the November 2018 ballot. The $150 million a year parcel tax would eliminate the projected 2020 deficit.

The Board also votes Tuesday on two resolutions co-sponsored by Board Members Kelly Gonez (BD6) and Nick Melvoin (BD4) to help more LAUSD students attend college. One resolution calls for LAUSD to administer the SAT or ACT to all high school juniors during the school day, at no cost to students. It also calls for sufficient test prep for students. The resolution directs the superintendent to seek philanthropic funding to pay for it and to work with the mayor’s office and local businesses to provide paid internships for high school students. The second resolution would have LAUSD explore creating a Children’s College Savings Accounts program for students enrolling in first grade in all public schools within District boundaries.

The entire agenda can be found here.

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LAUSD Regular Board Meeting June 12

The LAUSD Board will receive a budget presentation from CFO Scott Price with details of a proposed fiscal stabilization plan needed to help the district balance its budget in the year 2020-2021. The central district staff, which includes local superintendents offices, will be slashed 15 percent starting in 2019, and money left over in both school site and central district office budgets will “swept” from those budgets to help LAUSD. The new budget does not allow any money to be set away to help pay for future retiree healthcare liabilities, which top $15 billion.

The governor is revising state funding so the budget numbers are expected to change slightly and will be voted on next week. The proposed budgets also factor in raises for SEIU members negotiated during its latest contract deal, which the Board votes on Tuesday. The budget assumes that other unions will receive similar raises.

Also on Tuesday’s agenda, the Board will vote on the Close The Gap resolution, which sets ambitious goals to help every student succeed and graduate eligible to attend four-year universities. The Board also votes on a resolution to help LGBTQ students, in [art by increasing sensitivity training for parents, teachers and school staff.

Board Members Kelly Gonez and Nick Melvoin are also introducing resolutions that will be voted on in July to administer the PSAT and SAT to every LAUSD student for free and to create a Children's College Savings Account program to help families pay for college. The entire agenda can be found here.

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Special LAUSD Board Meeting June 5, 2018

The Board will vote on a proposed material revision for Goethe International Charter to add grades 6-8 and become a TK-8 charter, increasing enrollment from 525 to 775 students.  There is also a proposed material revision for Pacoima Charter Elementary to add grade 6 and become a TK-6 charter.  In addition, the Board will vote on a renewal petition for Calvert Charter for Enriched Students.  The new charter petitions for GANAS Academy Charter and University High School Charter are recommended for approval while the new charter petitions for Acumen Academy Charter and Lashon Academy – City are recommended for denial.

The entire agenda can be found here.

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LAUSD Regular Board Meeting May 8

The Board will vote on a resolution from Board President Monica Garcia (BD2) to make voter registration guides available “at every parent center, senior high school, and adult school.” It also directs the Superintendent to have LAUSD “to distribute voter registration cards to all high school seniors and include in graduation ceremonial activities encouragement for students to complete and submit the forms to the Registrar of Voters.”

Garcia and Board members Kelly Gonez (BD6) and Nick Melvoin (BD4) also have a resolution in support of digital equity, which affirms LAUSD’s “commitment to ensuring computer science education opportunities for all students.” Garcia and Melvoin also have a resolution in support of state legislation that could increase funding for the district.

There are also two resolutions being introduced that will be voted on in June: one to increase support for LGBT students and one to close achievement gaps. The entire agenda can be read here.

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