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.
The LAUSD Board will discuss the Neuroscience of Learning and Decision-Making: Excellence and Equity.
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.
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