Los Angeles Unified presents an especially tough challenge to the town hall format of planned Local Control Accountability Plan activities designed to solicit ideas for shaping the district’s budget. As the second-largest school district in the nation, LAUSD educates about 640,000 children in grades K-12 (and also runs adult education) in a 720-square mile area that overlaps schools in the city of Los Angeles and county of Los Angeles.
To compare: the entire country of Finland’s K-12 school population is about 650,000 children.
So in order to prevail over geographic size and sheer numbers of children, LAUSD must coordinate outreach to five sub-districts within the overall urban district. They are, North ESC, South ESC, East ESC, West ESC, and ISIC ESC.
Here’s what Los Angeles Unified’s Parent Community Services branch is making available to parents as part of their outreach. The short take: there will be a total of 47 members of the LCAP Parent Advisory Committee for all of LAUSD to represent an enormous population of families with children attending LAUSD schools. Seven will be selected by LAUSD School Board members, 6 parents or guardians for each sub-district will be selected from various groups that will receive the concentration grants intended to supplement the resources required to teach children from low-income backgrounds or are foster youth, English language learners. Finally two parents in each of the five sub-districts will be at-large representatives.
The parents or guardians of ELL will be chosen from District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC) for all of LAUSD, which currently has 60 representatives. Each of the five sub-districts has 10 committee members and 2 alternates, and each of the five sub-districts will select 2 people from among the 12 to be the ELL representatives on the Los Angeles Unified LCAP Parent Advisory Committee.
You can see the charts that explain it all here:
For comparison purposes, a small suburban district outside the city of Los Angeles has 19 parents on their LCAP Parent Advisory Committee, with three elementary schools, a middle school, and a high school in the district.
For hands-free or on-the-go information about Local Control Accountaibility Plans, listen to this podcast discussion between Sarah Auerswald of MomsLA and Cynthia Liu, K-12 News Network.com that discusses much of this same information.
There’s money on the table for our kids for the first time in a long time. We still need a long term solution to funding our schools. But for now — don’t leave that money on the table! This is our chance to finally shape budgets to reflect our values and priorities.
Questions for all of you:
- how many parents are serving on your Parent Advisory Committee?
- how many schools are there in your district?
- would it be helpful for you to organize in the 3-1-1 model (3 elementary schools, one junior high, one senior high) as this is often a feeder school model in many districts?
- how has your district’s communication been with you so far?
- do you know who to contact on the Parent Advisory Committee if you aren’t on it yourself?
- do you have sufficient access to your representatives to have your suggestions or concerns addressed?
Please sound off in the comments!
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