1. Board Members Ref Rodriguez, Nick Melvoin Kelly Gonez and Monica Garcia have introduced a resolution supporting passage of a U. S. House bill called the IDEA Full Funding Act, which calls on the federal government to fully fund its promised portion of required services for kids with disabilities.
2. District 6 Board Member Kelly Gonez, District 1 Board Member George McKenna and District 7 Board member Richard Vladovic are sponsoring a resolution to make LAUSD’s graduation rates more meaningful by tracking whether graduates are prepared for college, careers and life after they leave LAUSD schools.
3. Board member Monica Garcia has introduced a resolution to support passage of a state bill, AB AB 621, that would create a summer bridge fund to help classified employees who have summers off and often suffer during those months without income.The median income for classified employees in the state is just over $20,000. The bill would create a partially self-funded account allowing classified employees to contribute a small portion of their paychecks that would be matched by the state.
4. Charter material revisions and renewal petitions will be considered for several Celerity, ICEF and Synergy Kinetic Academy Schools.
Highlights of the agenda for the Aug. 22 LAUSD Board meeting:
1. District 1 Board Member George McKenna and District 3 Board Member Scott Schmerelson have introduced a resolution stating their opposition to AB 1217, a bill that would create an innovative new state-authorized STEM middle and high school in Los Angeles, operated in partnership with UCLA.
2. The board is considering a revised board meeting schedule that would increase the number of meetings and narrow the focus to a specific topic.
3. Eight charter petitions are being considered.
Coming up Sept. 12:
1. District 6 Board Member Kelly Gonez is introducing a resolution to make LAUSD’s graduation rates more meaningful by tracking whether graduates are prepared for college, careers and life after they leave LAUSD schools.
The mission of Speak UP is to engage, educate and activate parents and community members to advocate for excellent, equitable public education at their children’s schools, in their communities, with elected representatives and at the ballot box.