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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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
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Board District 3: covers most of the West San Fernando Valley
Board District 5: covers Northeast Los Angeles and Southeast Los Angeles
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