Highlights of the Agenda for Dec. 12 Regular Board Meeting:
· The LAUSD Board will vote Tuesday on a school calendar for the next three years that includes a mid-August start date, five days off at Thanksgiving and a three-week winter break.
· The Independent Analysis Unit calling on the LAUSD Board to show leadership and tackle the enormous $13 billion unfunded health benefits liability that threatens to sink LAUSD if the problem is not dealt with immediately. The report from AUI calls on LAUSD to start putting more money aside to fund future retiree health benefits.
· The Board will hear the First Interim Financial Report to the Los Angeles County Office of Education showing LAUSD’s financial certification is now “qualified,” meaning the District “may not be able to meet its financial obligations for the current fiscal year and for the two subsequent years” without cuts.
· Board Vice President Nick Melvoin will introduce a resolution to bring before the Board all of the state legislation that the district is lobbying for on an annual basis. He plans to introduce an amendment to reverse the district’s position on SB808, the so-called “charter killer” bill, which would have allowed the district to shut down all successful charter schools without any process to appeal to the county or state.
· Melvoin will introduce a resolution to create an Open Data Portal to put more district data online and to make it more user friendly.
· Melvoin and Board President Monica Garcia will introduce a resolution to improve LAUSD’s process for reporting and tracking sexual harassment claims. “I believe our policies are inadequate,” Melvoin said. “That might be preventing people from coming forward. It’s about centralized reporting and hotlines and anonymous tips. In all organizations with 60,000 employees, we should be looking at this.
· Board Member Ref Rodriguez (BD5) will introduce a resolution to create a “Birth To Eight Roadmap To Success” steering committee focused on improving literacy during early childhood.