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Familiar & New Items on Tomorrow’s Agenda

Hillel Aron | March 18, 2013

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Tomorrow is the first LAUSD School Board meeting since the March primary.

Many of the items (see agenda here) are familiar:  months-old resolutions that keep getting offered up and then postponed.

But there are a handful of new and/or controversial items that may generate heated debate or difficult votes — including the proposed co-location of a new pilot school on the Venice High School Campus.

The older items include the resolution from Marguerite LaMotte and Bennett Kayser that would impose a two-year term limit on School Board Presidents and Kayser’s “ethical standards” resolution.

There are some new items scheduled to be introduced but not voted on, including one from Kayser that would force Superintendent John Deasy to fund his long-term technology plan through a district-wide vote.

Another Kayser resolution that would regulate the creation of new magnet schools was scheduled to be introduced but has now been taken off the agenda.

Tamar Galatzan will introduce a resolution, to be voted on next month, that would attempt to streamline the process of investigating and housing teachers accused of misconduct in the classroom.

“I don’t think the goal is to make it easier to fire teachers,” said Galatazan’s spokesperson Hilary MacGregor, “It’s to make the process move more smoothly.”

Also on the agenda: no less than 22 charter schools up for approval or renewal, and three new pilot schools — one of which is to share a campus with Venice High School.

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