School board again faces calls for discipline changes Voice of OC, June 11, 2014
Santa Ana parents, students, and community advocates asked their district's school board to prioritize positive school discipline approaches and a healthy school climate in its Local Control Accountability Plan. Specific suggestions included creating a supportive school climate committee, making student handbooks more accessible to students and parents, and having the district regularly publish data on school discipline.
L.A. judge objects to school police getting millions reserved for struggling students Center for Public Integrity, June 9, 2014
In a letter to Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent, Dr. John Deasy, Los Angeles County Presiding Juvenile Court Judge Michael Nash objected to the district's plan to use $13.02 million in LCFF funds for school police. The money would come from supplemental and concentration grants, which are slated for programs and services that directly benefit low-income, English Learner, and foster youth students. You can read Judge Nash's letter here.
Long Beach student group rallies for alternative discipline methods Long Beach Press Telegram, June 9, 2014
Students held a mock school board meeting and rally outside of Long Beach Unified's headquarters as the district's board held a budget-related meeting. Led by the student advocacy group Every Student Matters, students pushed for Long Beach Unified to dedicate more LCFF funds to positive school discipline approaches, like restorative justice. In its latest draft Local Control Accountability Plan, Long Beach Unified has allocated $2.4 million for police and campus security. (To learn more about restorative justice and other approaches to improving school climate, click here.)
Sal Güereña: Latino parents "Stand and Deliver" at Santa Barbara school board meetings Noozhawk, June 9, 2014
The development of Santa Barbara Unified School District's Local Control Accountability Plan has resulted in increased and steady participation from Latino parents. Among the parents' most-often expressed requests are additional attention and services for English Learners, increased parent engagement services, and a greater focus on the needs of low-income students.
LAUSD must use funding to support foster youth: guest commentary Los Angeles Daily News, June 5, 2014
As the California school district with the largest number of foster youth, more than 8,000, the Los Angeles Unified School District has taken important steps to support these students and plans to bolster that support with LCFF funds. This op-ed suggests additional steps the district should take to ensure that foster youth students are supported and graduate from high school ready for college and career. Among specific recommendations are mental health services, mentoring, tutoring and prevention programs, and the continuous monitoring of individual student's progress.