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Charters, budgets, expulsions on LA Unified committee agendas

Mike Szymanski | January 18, 2016

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A parent advisory committee discussing student issues.

Three LA Unified board committee meetings that were delayed a month by the superintendent search are scheduled back-to-back-to-back tomorrow, all at district headquarters.

Some of the issues on the agendas involve the continuing discussion about what it would mean to turn LAUSD into an all-charter school district, early childhood education and new information dealing with student expulsions.

The first meeting, at 10 am, is the Budget, Facilities and Audit Committee,  chaired by Mónica Ratliff. A discussion is scheduled to resume on what it would mean to establish an all-charter school district, an odd concept, given the district’s skeptical disposition toward charter schools. Megan Reilly, the district’s Chief Financial Officer, is slated to discuss the financial impact and, Devora Navera Reed, a district lawyer, will discuss the waivers and autonomies that charter schools have that traditional schools don’t have. The Charter School Division will also give a budget update.

The members will get a facilities division update on the hydration station plans, El Niño preparation and water conservation awareness efforts.The meeting also includes a review of the 2014-15 financial report.

At 2 p.m., the Early Childhood Education and Parent Engagement Committee, chaired by Ref Rodriguez, will get updates on early education from Dean Tagawa, the administrator of Early Childhood Education. The committee will also hear reports about parent engagement and expanding early childhood education opportunites.

At 4 p.m., board member Mónica García leads the Successful School Climate: Progress, Discipline and Safety Committee, which is scheduled to discuss attendance issues and expelled students.

All the meetings are open to the public

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