This resolution was introduced and passed is response to a plan released by a local foundation seeking to aggressively move approximately half of LAUSD students to privately operated charter schools. The Board committed to opposing initiatives that treat public education as a marketplace and children as commodities, and called for the investment in a wide range of educational programs and strategies to attract, retain, and better serve all students.
In collaboration with the Superintendent, the board unanimously approved a resolution that will allow the District to prepare for natural disasters and emergency situations. Beginning the 2020-2021 school year, schools will be required to hold at least one lockdown drill each semester so students and staff know how to respond when doors are locked. LAUSD will also increase efforts to inform parents about improved emergency response procedures.
The resolution calls for the creation of an advisory board to establish specific criteria for Los Angeles Unified students to earn the seal, based on the state’s requirements. The state criteria include demonstrating excellence in civic learning, participating in civics-related projects, contributing to their community and understanding the U.S. Constitution. This award could be earned by students in the 11th or 12th grade, given in the form of a seal that can be placed on High School Diplomas, Certificates of Completion or Transcripts, similar to the California State Seal of Biliteracy.
Affirming the Value of Jewish Students, Staff, and Families in the Los Angeles Unified School District and Addressing Anti-Semitism
The LAUSD Board unanimously approved a resolution denouncing rising anti-Semitism throughout Los Angeles and recommitting its resources to protecting Jewish students, staff and families from anti-Jewish hate, harassment and violence. The resolution was co-authored by the board of the Association of Jewish Educators an advocacy within the District that serves administrators, teachers and staff.
The Middle Grades Collaborative, formed a framework for collective action on reimagining the middle grades. It focused on meeting the needs of the adolescent student by creating environments and experiences that will ensure the personal and academic success of our middle grades students. It identified areas to address middle grades students’ needs: Social Emotional Barometer, Makerspaces, and Houses.
Transitioning Los Angeles Unified School District to 100% Clean, Renewable Energy Resulting in Healthier Students and More Sustainable, Equitable Communities
The resolution addresses the ever-increasing climate crisis that scientists have been warning us about for decades. This historic policy initiative instructs the facilities leadership team to convene and oversee a task force to begin a planning process that commits to the goals of achieving 100 percent clean, renewable energy in its electricity sector by 2030 and in all energy sectors, including heating, ventilation, air conditioning (HVAC), cooking, and transportation, by 2040.
The Board of Education adopted a resolution affirming Los Angeles Unified’s commitment to protect the health and safety of students, staff and families when schools reopen for the 2021-22 school year. The resolution proposes that every school have a full-time, five days per week school nurse for the well-being of students and staff upon reopening. A health care assistant may be hired if no school nurses are available. It also states that all schools have ongoing deep cleaning to protect all students and staff against the spread of the coronavirus and all students and staff have full access to appropriate personal protective equipment and vaccines.
On June 20, 2017, the LAUSD Board of Education adopted this resolution to recognize and address the educational implications of dyslexia. The Division of Special Education and the Division of Instruction created the Dyslexia Learning Group (DLG), comprised of LAUSD stakeholders, board members, institutes of higher education, and dyslexia organizations to delve deeper into understanding how to address the educational needs of students with dyslexia and gather key recommendations to improve the implementation of the Dyslexia Support Plan.