The LAUSD Board is expected to vote Tuesday on a plan to balance the LAUSD budget by slashing the central district staff by 15 percent next year and taking back unspent money from some school-site budgets.
Board Members George McKenna (BD1) and Scott Schmerelson (BD3) are introducing a resolution that will be voted on Tuesday 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 eliminate the projected 2020 deficit.
The Board also votes Tuesday on two resolutions co-sponsored by Board Members Kelly Gonez (BD6) and Nick Melvoin (BD4) to help more LAUSD students attend college. One resolution calls for LAUSD to administer the SAT or ACT to all high school juniors during the school day, at no cost to students. It also calls for sufficient test prep for students. The resolution directs the superintendent to seek philanthropic funding to pay for it and to work with the mayor’s office and local businesses to provide paid internships for high school students. The second resolution would have LAUSD explore creating a Children’s College Savings Accounts program for students enrolling in first grade in all public schools within District boundaries.
The entire agenda can be found here.
The LAUSD Board will receive a budget presentation from CFO Scott Price with details of a proposed fiscal stabilization plan needed to help the district balance its budget in the year 2020-2021. The central district staff, which includes local superintendents offices, will be slashed 15 percent starting in 2019, and money left over in both school site and central district office budgets will “swept” from those budgets to help LAUSD. The new budget does not allow any money to be set away to help pay for future retiree healthcare liabilities, which top $15 billion.
The governor is revising state funding so the budget numbers are expected to change slightly and will be voted on next week. The proposed budgets also factor in raises for SEIU members negotiated during its latest contract deal, which the Board votes on Tuesday. The budget assumes that other unions will receive similar raises.
Also on Tuesday’s agenda, the Board will vote on the Close The Gap resolution, which sets ambitious goals to help every student succeed and graduate eligible to attend four-year universities. The Board also votes on a resolution to help LGBTQ students, in [art by increasing sensitivity training for parents, teachers and school staff.
Board Members Kelly Gonez and Nick Melvoin are also introducing resolutions that will be voted on in July to administer the PSAT and SAT to every LAUSD student for free and to create a Children's College Savings Account program to help families pay for college. The entire agenda can be found here.
The Board will vote on a proposed material revision for Goethe International Charter to add grades 6-8 and become a TK-8 charter, increasing enrollment from 525 to 775 students. There is also a proposed material revision for Pacoima Charter Elementary to add grade 6 and become a TK-6 charter. In addition, the Board will vote on a renewal petition for Calvert Charter for Enriched Students. The new charter petitions for GANAS Academy Charter and University High School Charter are recommended for approval while the new charter petitions for Acumen Academy Charter and Lashon Academy – City are recommended for denial.
The entire agenda can be found here.
Equity and access are on the agenda of the Committee of the Whole meeting Tuesday, which coincides with incoming LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner’s first day on the job. Beutner is scheduled to visit multiple schools and meet with parents on his first day. The agenda for the Board meeting can be read here.
The Board will vote on a resolution from Board President Monica Garcia (BD2) to make voter registration guides available “at every parent center, senior high school, and adult school.” It also directs the Superintendent to have LAUSD “to distribute voter registration cards to all high school seniors and include in graduation ceremonial activities encouragement for students to complete and submit the forms to the Registrar of Voters.”
Garcia and Board members Kelly Gonez (BD6) and Nick Melvoin (BD4) also have a resolution in support of digital equity, which affirms LAUSD’s “commitment to ensuring computer science education opportunities for all students.” Garcia and Melvoin also have a resolution in support of state legislation that could increase funding for the district.
There are also two resolutions being introduced that will be voted on in June: one to increase support for LGBT students and one to close achievement gaps. The entire agenda can be read here.
The LAUSD Board will meet in closed session and may settle on a new superintendent to lead the district Tuesday, following a brief open charter school meeting. Former deputy mayor and former Los Angeles Times publisher and CEO Austin Beutner has emerged as the leading candidate for the job. The agenda for the open and closed sessions can be found here and here.
Board Member Monica Garcia (BD2) is introducing a resolution Tuesday to adopt an updated version of the Student Equity Need Index to identify the highest-need schools in Los Angeles. The resolution, which will not be brought for a vote until the next meeting, directs the district to immediately allocate $100 million in funding to the neediest schools. The Board will also vote on a resolution from Board members Kelly Gonez (BD6) and Nick Melvoin (BD4) to create a rating system to evaluate all LAUSD schools. The entire agenda can be found here.
Two new resolutions are being introduced Tuesday, one to create a rating system for all district and charter schools, and another to revamp charter authorizing policies. Detailed accounts of these two resolutions can be read here and here.
The Board also votes Tuesday on a list of policies that charters must include in their petitions, five charter renewal petitions recommended for approval and three affiliated charter schools voluntarily converting back to non-charter status. It will also vote on the expansion of PUENTE charter from TK-K up to grade 5.
The superintendent will report on the state of adult education. The entire agenda can be found here.
Early childhood education is the topic of Tuesday’s special Committee of the Whole meeting at 9 a.m. You can find the full agenda here. At 1 p.m., the Committee of the Whole will discuss the Local Control Accountability Plan and LAUSD’s Equity Index. That agenda can be found here.
The LAUSD Board will vote on a gun violence resolution from Board President Monica Garcia (BD2), Vice President Nick Melvoin (BD4) and Board member Kelly Gonez (BD6), calling on the state and federal government to enact stricter gun laws, including banning assault weapons and large-capacity magazines, universal background checks, and licensing and training gun owners. It also calls for increased funding of mental health services and school emergency preparedness.
The resolution also calls on the LAUSD Superintendent to create a Safe Schools Task Force comprised of parents, students, teachers, administrators, other school-based staff, community organizations, law enforcement experts and district personnel to meet quarterly to review and evaluate the effectiveness of District-wide safety and security plans.
Separately Board Members Richard Vladovic (BD7) and Ref Rodriguez (BD5) are introducing a resolution to increase security at schools entrances and exits.
The Board will also vote on a resolution calling on LAUSD healthcare providers to decrease wait time for teachers to receive healthcare, especially during flu season. It calls on the California Department of Managed Health Care to review the quality and accessibility of care.
LAUSD will also receive a financial report and an update on its Fiscal Stabilization Plan to ensure that LAUSD remains solvent for the next three years.
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