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LA Unified seeking more community input on school calendar

Mike Szymanski | November 2, 2015



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calendar_iconSo far, LA Unified parents seemed more interested in weighing in on the school calendar than on the superintendent search.

Twenty parents and teachers showed up at a community forum last Thursday night at Burroughs Middle School in Hancock Park. That is a robust number compared with the average turnout at community forums held over two weeks that sought input into the search for the next superintendent.

In another “Your Voice Counts” series for community input, the district is asking for suggestions about the school calendar for the next three years. Resuming tonight with a meeting at the White Middle School auditorium in Carson, the process will continue over the next two weeks with meetings in all six of the Local Districts.

District administrators will review the critical components of the LAUSD instructional calendar and the planning and adoption process. They will also receive information about the instructional calendar survey.

In September, Superintendent Ramon Cortines recorded a robo-call to get input on a phone survey, but it was a false start when district officials discovered that some people couldn’t complete the survey.

Questions included whether people wanted the school semesters to continue over the winter break and whether high schools should have different schedules than elementary schools.

An LA Unified spokesperson said the results of the September survey will be shared with the board after the second cycle of surveys have been completed.

In an unofficial poll with more than 750 people responding, LA School Report found that most respondents preferred a more traditional schedule, with school starting after Labor Day.


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