The LAUSD Board will vote on a plan to make it easier for parents to volunteer in schools during the strike. The plan would allow parents who had been checked against the sex offender database to volunteer during the strike without going through fingerprinting and a TB test, as long as they are supervised by school staff. The Board will also vote on a recommendation to deny the renewal of Community Preparatory Academy, a K-8 school with 338 students. The entire agenda can be found here.
The Board will consider two resolutions to have the superintendent create a strategic plan to increase education funding at LAUSD. The superintendent will report on the status of the performance framework being created to evaluate schools and on the Close the Gap resolution. The Board will also consider a resolution to create affordable rental housing on LAUSD properties for district employees. Board Vice president Nick Melvoin and Richard Vladovic are introducing a resolution to end forced, non-consensual hiring at schools. That means that no teacher will be placed at school where they don’t want to work, and no school will be forced to accept a teacher the school leader doesn’t want. LAUSD is also submitting an interim budget report with a “qualified” rating and is submitting a fiscal stabilization plan to address the fact that the district is projected to run out of money by 2020-2021 at the current rate of spending. The entire agenda can be found here.
Board President Monica Garcia is introducing a resolution to grant InnerCity Struggle $125,000 of Board District 2 discretionary funds toward the construction of the new ICS Youth and Community Center, to empower students on the Eastside of Los Angeles.
Board Members Kelly Gonez, Nick Melvoin and Monica Garcia are introducing a resolution to help provide housing and support for homeless students and their families using LAUSD facilities. LAUSD-owned sites could be used for safe overnight parking, and schools could be used as overnight shelters. Board Members Monica Garcia and Nick Melvoin are introducing a second resolution to help create affordable housing for LAUSD employees.
LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner has also requested a resolution to waive the fee for fingerprinting parents who want to volunteer at schools.
LAUSD will also hear a presentation on student growth. Some highlights of the data: 29 percent of LAUSD elementary schools have above average math growth, and the worst math growth comes from Local District West elementary schools. The entire agenda can be found here.
The LAUSD Board will consider a resolution from Board president Monica Garcia (BD2), Vice President Nick Melvoin (BD4) and Board Member Kelly Gonez (BD6) to have LAUSD develop and adopt a plan to ensure that every family living within LAUSD boundaries is counted on the 2020 Census. LAUSD is home to populations that are most frequently undercounted in the Census, including children under 6, youth, immigrants, renters, homeless populations, those with limited-English proficiency, as well as those who live in apartment buildings. The potential addition of a citizenship question on the 2020 Census Questionnaire also has created an environment of fear and distrust in immigrant communities around the Census, which could lead to under-counting and therefore less representation. The entire agenda can be found here.
The LAUSD Board will consider various charter renewal petitions. Fifteen schools are recommended for approval, while one school, Anahuacalmecac International University Preparatory of North America School, is recommended for denial. The board will also meet in closed session to discuss LAUSD’s final offer to United Teachers Los Angeles before mediation Thursday.
The entire agenda can be found here.
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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Board District 2: covers most of Central and parts of East Los Angeles
Board District 4: covers most of the west side of Los Angeles
Board District 1: covers most of South Los Angeles
Board District 3: covers most of the West San Fernando Valley
Board District 5: covers Northeast Los Angeles and Southeast Los Angeles
Chief of Staff: Aixle Aman