At the annual board meeting Tuesday, the LAUSD board will elect a new board president and will appoint a new vice president. The board will also establish board committees and will vote on a schedule of board meetings for the next year.
The LAUSD will vote on the 2019-20 budget and the Local Control Accountability Plan. The Board will also consider resolutions to replace random wanding searches of students and to inform parents about their responsibility to safely store guns at home. The board will also consider a resolution to help improve conditions for LGBTQ students in LAUSD. The board will vote on a resolution protesting a proposal from California State University to add a fourth year of math to the A-G requirements. The board will also consider a new dress code resolution from Student Board Member Tyler Okeke. The entire agenda can be found here.
The LAUSD Board at 4 p.m. will have a regular meeting to discuss the 2019-20 budget and will hold a hearing on the Local Control And Accountability Plan. At a special 10 a.m. board meeting, the board will hear a history of English Learners (EL) and Standard English Learners (SEL) education, and the superintendent will give an update on the Close the Gap resolution. The Board will also consider changes to board governance rules, which no longer includes limiting public speaking time, and will vote on a resolution to develop a uniform policy restricting gang regalia for employees, including bus drivers, cafeteria workers, custodians and Beyond the Bell staff. The resolution would also create a plan for visible ID cards at school sites for all employees, contractors, vetted volunteers, and temporary ID cards for parents and visitors requiring access during school hours.
The LAUSD is recommending the approval of one new charter school, El Rio Community Schools, while two new charters recommended for denial withdrew their petitions before Tuesday’s meeting. The LAUSD Board will also vote on a resolution to recognize, celebrate and collect data on Asian American Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander and Arab Middle Eastern Muslim South Asian student populations.
Student Board member Tyler Okeke has introduced a resolution to create a centralized progressive, gender-neutral dress code at LAUSD. Board Member Scott Schmerelson and George McKenna have introduced a resolution to provide a library aide at every elementary school. Board Member Richard Vladovic has introduced a resolution to bring back cursive handwriting to elementary schools. Board Member Kelly Gonez is bringing a resolution to help foster youth.
The Board will consider changes to Board rules, including shortening public comment time from three minutes to two. The Board will also vote on a resolution that attempts to clarify that Measure EE parcel tax does not apply to improvements made to commercial or residential parking structures. Finally, the Board will vote on three new charter school petitions that are recommended for approval, as well as one charter school renewal recommended for approval. The entire agenda can be found here.
The LAUSD Board will vote on a resolution to create an independent taxpayer oversight committee to ensure that Measure EE parcel tax funds are used equitably to improve student achievement and district finances. The Board will also vote on a resolution from Board Members George McKenna and Kelly Gonez to help close the African American opportunity and achievement gaps. The Board will vote on a resolution from student board member Tyler Okeke and Board Members Monica Garcia and Kelly Gonez to study the feasibility of a 2020 ballot initiative to lower the voting age for school board election to 16 so that students may vote. The Board will also vote on a resolution from Board Members Scott Schmerelson and George McKenna to provide a library aide to every elementary school with a library. The Board will also consider changes to Board rules, including shortening public comment time from three minutes to two. The entire Board agenda can be found here.
The LAUSD Board will review and vote on LAUSD’s plan to balance its budget over the next three years. Board Members George McKenna, Scott Schmerelson and Kelly Gonez are sponsoring a resolution to create a California Wellness Trust to tackle the obesity and diabetes epidemics and to promote health equity. Board Vice President Nick Melvoin is sponsoring a resolution supporting Assembly Bill 1725 to add funds for the After School Education and Safety Program. Board President Monica Garcia and Gonez are sponsoring a resolution to improve coordination and supports for homeless students. Garcia, Melvoin and Gonez will also sponsor a resolution to support undocumented immigrant youth. A vote on Summit Preparatory Charter renewal, which was recommended for denial, is expected to be delayed a month. The entire budget can be found here.
The LAUSD Board will vote on a resolution to give principals more power to choose teachers that best fit their schools and to ensure that teachers are not forced to take assignments at schools against their wishes. This resolution will end forced hiring to help improve school performance and teacher morale.
Board Member Schmerelson will also introduce a resolution directing the superintendent to create a protocol so that email and other communications from all Board Offices will be promptly acknowledged and requests for information provided in a timely manner. The resolution also directs the superintendent to immediately begin providing weekly written updates of all meetings, activities, and decisions to the Board.
The entire agenda can be found here.
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