Public gets last chance to shape LAUSD 2014-2015 budget
*UPDATED The revised budget is in the hands of the LA Unified Board of Education, but the public has a final opportunity tomorrow to weigh in on how the district’s $7 billion budget will be spent. The board has set a limit of 30 speakers to address the six members for two minutes each, to...
By Vanessa Romo | June 16, 2014
Commentary: A plea to pass the ‘Student Need Index’
An open letter to the Los Angeles Unified school board from five district students: Dear board members: We are students who live in South Los Angeles and attend South L.A. High Schools. One of us wakes up early every morning to take two buses to attend Hamilton High School in West L.A. so that she...
By Guest contributor | June 2, 2014
In LAT, community groups press LAUSD to help high-need students
More than 40 education and community groups signed a full-page ad that ran in today’s Los Angeles Times, urging the LA Unified school board to provide more support for high needs students in the up-coming budget. The ad appears a day before a board meeting when issues of the budget will be a large part of...
By LA School Report | May 12, 2014
Parents, with some help, offer views on LAUSD spending plan
It was “pencils down” day yesterday, for the members of the Parent Advisory Committee, who completed their first opportunity to weigh in on LA Unified’s Local Control and Accountability Plan, the so-called LCAP required of Gov. Jerry Brown‘s new Local Control Funding Formula. The 47 parents and guardians selected to give feedback, have had two...
By Vanessa Romo | May 2, 2014
Youth asks LAUSD, ‘Where does all the money go?’ in song
Community groups big and small, have responded collectively to the extra $332 million coming into the district via the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), Governor Jerry Brown‘s signature K-through-12 education initiative. For now, only a few schools have complete autonomy in deciding how the money should be used although more will gain the freedom over the next...
By Aaron Stella | April 9, 2014
Added burden for LA charters: individual spending plans
As if this wasn’t a busy enough time of year for charter schools, they now have an added “to-do” on their list of state mandated documents to submit before the end of the year. Every charter school in the district — and that includes 52 affiliated and more than 200 independent schools — must craft...
By Vanessa Romo | March 26, 2014
Parents, community groups rally for a say in LA Unified budget
The battle to influence the Los Angeles Unified School board on how to spend Governor Jerry Brown’s new Local Control Funding Formula budget boost and statewide tax revenues for education continues to rage on. Parents, educators and community organizers rallied outside of LA Unified headquarters today before a special school board meeting primarily focussed on...
By Vanessa Romo | March 18, 2014
Community meetings ahead on CA school spending plan
A series of meetings are scheduled to help LA Unified parents and other community members learn about the new Local Control Funding Formula, the state’s new funding stream. A coalition of advocacy groups known as CLASS, as well as LAUSD board members are holding community meetings to help the public understand the changes. Below is...
By Chase Niesner | February 18, 2014
A series of meetings planned to explain state’s new funding
In the next few months the LA Unified school board is set to make a number of critical decisions regarding the spending of new education dollars coming into the district. To prepare, both LAUSD officials and local advocacy groups are ramping up community engagement efforts to get public input on spending priorities. Communities for Los Angeles...
By Chase Niesner | February 13, 2014
The pathway to LA Unified’s Parent Advisory Committee
With new education tax dollars coming in, LAUSD is quickly assembling a 47-member Parent Advisory Committee as part of its Local Control Accountability Plan, which represents the district’s spending priorities. For parents there’s a two-step process for participating. A local School Site Council identifies interested parents as potential candidates. Then each council nominates one parent of a “low...
By Chase Niesner | February 6, 2014