LAUSD Special Board Meeting Jan. 30

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.