BOARD OF EDUCATION OF THE CITY OF LOS ANGELES

Governing Board of the Los Angeles Unified School District

 

 

REGULAR MEETING MINUTES  

333 South Beaudry Ave., Board Room

10:00 a.m., Tuesday, March 8, 2005

 

The Board of Education of the City of Los Angeles, acting as the Governing Board of the Los Angeles Unified School District, met in regular session on Tuesday, March 8, 2005, at the Los Angeles City Board of Education Administrative Offices, Board Room, 333 South Beaudry Ave., Los Angeles, California.

 

President José Huizar called the meeting to order at 10:23 a.m.

 

The following Members were present:  Ms. Marlene Canter, Ms. Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte, Mr. Jon Lauritzen, Mr. David Tokofsky, and President José Huizar.  Mr. Mike Lansing arrived at 10:30 a.m. and Ms. Julie Korenstein arrived at 1:37 p.m.

 

Superintendent Roy Romer was present.

 

Ms. Canter led the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

CONSENT CALENDAR

 

Ms. LaMotte moved the adoption of the following report designated as Consent Calendar item in accordance with Board Rule 61:

 

Board of Education Revised Report No. 292 – 04/05

Strategic Execution Plan Amendment for Local District 1 Measure K Project Revisions

 

Mr. Lauritzen seconded the motion.

 

Mr. James McConnell, Chief Facilities Executive, and Mr. Jim Delker, Deputy Chief Facilities Executive, Existing Facilities, responded to questions from Board Members.

 

By general consent, the Consent Calendar was adopted.  Ms. Korenstein and Mr. Lansing were absent.

 

Later in the meeting, Ms. Korenstein recorded an aye vote on the Consent Calendar.

 

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President Huizar modified the Order of Business.

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SPECIAL REPORTS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

Recognition of Alfonso Garcia from Programs for

Adults With disabilities

 

President Huizar called on Ms. Donnalyn Jaque-Anton, Assistant Superintendent,

Special Education, who briefly spoke about the Special Education Programs for Adults

with Disabilities and introduced Mr. Terry Wetzel, Specialist, Adults with Disabilities. 

Mr. Wetzel explained the Adults with Disabilities Program, presented a video, and praised Mr. Alfonso Garcia, a student, for his accomplishments.  Mr. Garcia shared his experiences and thanked his teachers, staff, and administrators for their support.  Additionally, Mr. O’Connell, Mr. Perez’ Special Education Assistant, shared his experiences working with Mr. Perez.

 

Board Members congratulated Mr. Perez for his accomplishments.

 

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President Huizar passed gavel to Ms. Canter.

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RECEIPT OF REPORTS FOR ACTION AT NEXT MEETING

 

Mr. Angelo Bellomo, Director, Environmental Health and Safety, and Mr. Guy Mehula, Deputy Chief Facilities Executive, New Facilities, responded to questions from Board Members regarding Board of Education Report No. 310-04/05.

 

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President Huizar assumed the Chair.

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Board of Education Report No. 301 – 04/05 - High School After School Services Providers Contract:  Assigned to Regular Calendar

 

Board of Education Report No. 302 – 04/05:  Withdrawn Prior to Meeting

 

Board of Education Report No. 308 – 04/05 - Ratification of Contract Actions and Approval of Professional Services Contracts:  Assigned to Regular Calendar

 

Board of Education Report No. 309 – 04/05:  Withdrawn Prior to Meeting

 

Board of Education Report No. 310 – 04/05 - Adoption of Mitigated Negative Declaration for Central Los Angeles High School No. 12 – Corner of Miramar Street and West Second Street:  Assigned to Regular Calendar

 

Board of Education Report No. 311 – 04/05 – Project Approval for Central Los Angeles High School No. 12 – Corner of Miramar Street and West Second Street:  Assigned to Regular Calendar

 

 

 

Board of Education Report No. 313 – 04/05:  Withdrawn Prior to Meeting

 

Board of Education Report No. 318 – 04/05 - Approval of Agreement and Acceptance of Donations:  Assigned to Regular Calendar

 

Special Reports and Presentations (Continued)

 

RECOGNITION OF THE We Are Family Foundation and

the Anti-Defamation League for their gift of

human relations videos

 

Mr. Tokofsky made a brief presentation and introduced Ms. Jenny Betts, Project Director of the "A World of Difference Program."  Ms. Betts spoke about the We Are Family Foundation, which promotes tolerance and respect.  Ms. Sarah Bradshaw, Director of Special Project and Media, Board District 5, indicated that the “We Are Family” music video would be distributed to all District schools along with teacher handbooks.

 

recognition of dr. robert taylor, district dentist

and administrator of the ptsa/lausd dental

health clinics for 50 years

 

This presentation was postponed to the Regular Board Meeting of April 12, 2005.

 

REPORTS POSTPONED FROM REGULAR MEETINGS

OF FEBRUARY 8 AND 22, 2005

 

Board of Education Report No. 253 – 04/05

Recommended Adoption of High School Basic Health Textbook

 

This report was postponed to the Special Board Meeting on March 15, 2005.

 

Board of Education Report No. 276 – 04/05

Approval of Library Services Master Services Agreements

to Provide Books for New School Libraries

 

Mr. Lauritzen moved that the report be adopted.  Mr. Lansing seconded the motion.

 

Ms. Ronnie Ephraim, Chief Instructional Officer, Instructional Services, and Mr. Jim Morris, Assistant Superintendent, Instruction, responded to questions from Board Members.

 

Following discussion and by general consent, the report was adopted.  Mr. Lansing and

Mr. Tokofsky were absent.

 

Later in the meeting, Mr. Tokofsky recorded an aye vote on the report.

 

 

 

Board of Education Report No. 282 – 04/05

Agreements for Underwriter Service

                                                                                                 

Mr. Lansing moved that the report be adopted.  Mr. Lauritzen seconded the motion.

 

Mr. Kevin Reed, General Counsel, Ms. Maribel Medina, Special Counsel to the Board,

Mr. Dwayne Johnson, Director, Contracts Administration Branch, and Mr. Ken Gotsch, Chief Financial Officer, responded to questions from Board Members.

 

Following discussion, and with the approval of the mover and the seconder, the report was postponed to the Regular Meeting on April 12, 2005.

 

REGULAR CALENDAR

 

DIRECT

 

Board of Education Report No. 304 – 04/05 (Direct)

Various Purchasing Transactions

 

Mr. Lansing moved that the report be adopted.  Ms. Canter seconded the motion.

 

Mr. George Silva, Director, Purchasing Branch, Ms. Yumi Takahashi, Special Assistant

to the Superintendent, Mr. Robert Collins, Superintendent of Local District 1, and

Ms. Ephraim, responded to questions from Board Members.

 

Following discussion and by general consent, the report was adopted.  Ms. Canter and

Ms. Korenstein were absent.

 

Later in the meeting, Ms. Canter and Ms. Korenstein recorded aye votes on the report.

 

RECEIPT OF REPORTS (Continued)

 

Board of Education Report No. 317 – 04/05 – Second Period Interim Financial Report:  Assigned to Special Board Meeting on March 15, 2005

 

Mr. Richard Knott, Controller, made a presentation on the Report.

 

Mr. Knott, Superintendent Romer, and Mr. Lorenzo Tyner, Director, Budget Services, responded to questions from Board Members.

 

Reports Postponed (Continued)

 

Board of Education Revised Report No. 240 – 04/05

New Construction Strategic Execution Plan Update 2005

 

The following speakers addressed the Board on the Report:

 

      Mr. Scott Folsom, Bond Oversight Committee, spoke in place of Mr. Robert Garcia

           

            Mr. Bill Ring

 

Ms. LaMotte moved that the report be adopted.  Mr. Lansing seconded the motion.

 

Mr. Mehula responded to questions from Board Members.

 

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President Huizar passed the gavel to Ms. Canter and left the meeting.

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Following discussion and by general consent, the report was adopted.  Ms. Korenstein and Mr. Huizar were absent.

 

REGULAR CALENDAR (Continued)

 

DIRECT

 

BOARD OF EDUCATION REPORT NO. 312 - 04/05

Pacoima Charter School’s Application to the State Board of Education

for a Waiver to Allow Pacoima Use Four-Track Calendar

 

 Mr. Jefferson Crain, Executive Officer of the Board, announced:

 

Before action is taken on Board of Education Report No. 312 - 04/05, regarding an application to the California State Board of Education to allow Pacoima Charter School use of a Four-Track Calendar, a public hearing must be held.

 

This constitutes a public hearing and those individuals who wish to address the Board on this item will be heard.  Anyone who wishes to speak to this report should go to the recording booth at the back of the Board Room and fill out a speaker’s card.  Those individuals will be heard after any speakers already on the list.

 

There were no speakers.

 

Mr. Tokofsky moved that the report be adopted.  Mr. Lauritzen seconded the motion, which by general consent was adopted.  Ms. Korenstein and Mr. Huizar were absent.

 

Later in the meeting Ms. Korenstein recorded an aye vote on the report.

 

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Vice President Canter resumed the Order of Business.

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STUDENT INPUT

 

Student Member Tiffany Luu from Bravo Medical Magnet High School stated that their attendance has remained steady at a rate of 97%.  Ms. Luu praised the teachers for their support and encouragement to students.  She mentioned different programs that are offered at her school; such as the Saturday Academy and Technology classes.  She spoke about some of the technology upgrades that have taken place at Bravo and she concluded

by sharing her concerns regarding the decline in student body funds due to the changes in the District snack policy.  Finally, she mentioned the need for new desks and chairs.

 

Student Member Lilian Phan from Lincoln High School shared her concerns regarding the

lack of counselors and cafeteria employees at her school and the impact that it has on students.  She spoke about the loss of revenue to student body funds due to changes in the District snack policy, and she asked for the Board’s support for incentives to club sponsors.  Ms. Phan was happy to mention that the modernization projects at her school have been completed, and stated that they now have field lights among other improvements.  She also mentioned that her school offers students 14 different AP courses as well as Saturday classes.  She concluded by sharing that Lincoln High participates in the Small Learning Communities program.

 

Student Member Nina Bianca Duran from Roosevelt High stated that this is the first year her school is participating in the Small Learning Communities program, which includes 13 Academies.  She shared some concerns regarding discrepancies in the selection, assignment, and programming of students to the academies, and indicated that her school is on its second year using a Copernican class schedule.  She spoke about the efforts of student leadership in promoting school unity and pride.  She also mentioned various projects that are taking place at Roosevelt such as the Tsunami Relief project, Pennies for Patients Leukemia Fund, Cesar Chavez Walk, and the Beautification Committee project.   She shared her concerns about classroom overcrowding, the need for repairs throughout the school, and the decrease in student body funds in relation to the change in the District snack policy.  She concluded by thanking the Board, Principal Ms. Cecilia A. Quemada, Assistant Principal Alicia Enriquez, and the staff at Roosevelt High School for their support in promoting positive student achievement.

 

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President Huizar assumed the Chair.

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Board Members commented on the healthy food and snack issue and assured the students that they are looking into this matter.  They strongly encouraged students to make wise nutrition choices. 

 

Mr. Michael Eugene, Business Manager, mentioned that the District is investigating different options to offset the loss of revenue to schools.

 

Ms. Ephraim responded to questions from Board Members.

 

The student members shared plans for their future education.

 

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President Huizar modified the Order of Business.

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Regular Calendar (Continued)

 

Board of Education Report No. 289 – 04/05

Ratification of Contract Actions and Approval of

Professional Services Contracts

 

Ms. Canter moved that the report be adopted.  Mr. Lauritzen seconded the motion, which

by general consent was adopted.  Mr. Tokofsky was absent.

 

Later in the meeting, Mr. Tokofsky recorded an aye vote on the report.

 

Board of Education Report No. 295 – 04/05

Gabriella Charter School Petition

 

Ms. LaMotte moved that the report be adopted.  Ms. Canter seconded the motion, which by general consent, was adopted.  Mr. Lauritzen and Mr. Tokofsky were absent.

 

Later in the meeting, Mr. Tokofsky recorded an aye vote on the report.

 

Board of Education Report No. 296 – 04/05

College-Ready Middle Academy Charter Petition

 

Ms. LaMotte moved that the report be adopted.  Mr. Lansing seconded the motion.

 

Dr. Roberta Benjamin, Director, Charter Schools Branch, Ms. Judy Burton, President/Chief Operating Officer, Alliance for College-Ready Public Schools, and

Mr. Mehula responded to questions from Board Members.

 

Action on the report was postponed to later in the meeting pending clarification of Board Member's concerns.

 

Later in the meeting, Ms. Ranza Garr Trotter, Executive Director, Garr Child Care and Learning Institute, addressed the Board regarding the report.

 

On roll call, the report was adopted, 4 ayes, 1 abstention, Ms. LaMotte.  Mr. Lansing and

Mr. Tokofsky were absent.

 

Later in the meeting Mr. Tokofsky recorded an aye vote on the report.

 

The final vote was 5 ayes, 1 abstention, Ms. LaMotte.  Mr. Lansing was absent.

 

BOARD MEMBERS MOTIONS

 

ACTION

 

The following speakers addressed the Board on Mr. Lansing's motion regarding Program Improvement/Achievement Gap Reform:

 

      Mr. Mathew Taylor

 

      Mr. Michael O'Sullivan representing Associated Administrators of Los Angeles

     

      Ms. Shanely Rhodes

 

      Ms. Barbara Stam

     

      Ms. Alicia Loncar representing School Employees International Union (SEIU),

       Local 99

 

Ms. Beverly Williams, Educational Representative for the Watts Neighborhood  

 Council

 

Mr. Lansing moved:

 

Whereas, No Child Left Behind (NCLB) required states to develop a statewide accountability system that ensures all schools and districts make Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) toward closing the achievement gap;

 

Whereas, In the Los Angeles Unified School District a significant achievement gap exists among African Americans and Standard English learners English Language Learners in test scores and graduation rates, especially in high schools identified by the California Department of Education as Program Improvement 4 and 5 (PI);

 

Whereas, Although the safety of our students and employees is a critical component to reaching the District’s related goals of academic excellence and teacher retention, the vast majority of several middle and high schools identified as PI 4 and 5 are considered the most unsafe campuses in the District or “persistently dangerous schools” according to NCLB and lack the appropriate amount of security personnel and violence prevention programs to have an impact;

 

Whereas, There is a correlation between refurbished school facilities, academic achievement and teacher retention which underscores the importance of an accelerated bond repair schedule at PI 4 and 5 high schools in order to provide students, teachers, and staff with a safe, clean, and operational school environment;

 

Whereas, The District has a moral and legal obligation to use every resource available to reform schools that are failing; and

 

Whereas, In order to truly reform a school identified for restructuring, the Superintendent and Board of Education must be willing to take drastic measures afforded in No Child Left Behind Program Improvement Year 5; now, therefore, be it

 

Resolved, That the Board of Education of the City of Los Angeles directs the Superintendent to reconstitute all the ten lowest performing Program Improvement 4 and 5 middle and high schools by June 30, 2005, using the following criteria:  Annual Yearly Progress data, dropout and truancy rates, security, student and employee absenteeism and unfilled positions;

 

Resolved further, That the Superintendent negotiate appropriate exceptions to contractual agreements with bargaining units as they pertain to the following “Resolves” to enable deeper reform and greater decision making flexibility;

 

Resolved further, That Principals selected or appointed to a reconstituted or

restructured school have a proven track record of improving student achievement

and school site safety;

 

Resolved further, That the Superintendent identify dedicate $20 million in new state funding, program efficiencies, or cuts to be dedicated to reconstituted middle and high schools and to provide appropriate professional development of for employees not retained by reconstituted high schools;

 

Resolved further, That the Superintendent develop a “compact” of appropriate employee commitments along with a signing bonus spread over two years in order to be hired or rejoin a reconstituted school;

 

Resolved further, That following reconstituted reconstitution, middle and high schools be given authority over their entire budget respectful of federal or state requirements and Board policies to address issues of student achievement, school site security, professional development, employee compensation, class size and classroom support among others subject to final approval from the Local District Superintendent;

 

Resolved further, That each Local District Superintendent work with the administrators and local school site council made up of faculty, staff, parents, and students to determine the most appropriate funding priorities for raising student achievement;

 

Resolved further, That reconstituted middle and high schools be allowed to reorganize school site staff and/or restructure the pay scale using their existing budget or any additional funding provided by the District in order to attract high quality candidates from throughout the District; and be it finally

 

Resolved further, That any administrative, certificated or classified personnel not retained following reconstitution be given professional development in order to be successful in future assignments; and be it finally

 

Resolved, That reconstituted high schools be given highest priority for completion of Proposition BB, Measure K and Measure R bond projects, as well as FEMA, COP’S and deferred maintenance projects.

 

Ms. Canter seconded the motion.

 

Mr. Lauritzen moved to amend Mr. Lansing's motion by substituting the following:

 

 

 

Whereas, No Child Left Behind required states to develop a statewide accountability system that ensures all schools and districts make Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) toward closing the achievement gap and when schools do not meet their AYP, they become program improvement schools, and when they become PI 4 and 5 schools, they must be restructured;

 

Whereas, In the Los Angeles Unified School District a significant achievement gap exists among African Americans and Standard English learners in test scores and graduation rates, especially in high schools identified by the California Department of Education as Program Improvement 4 and 5;

 

Whereas, The safety of our students and employees is a critical component to reaching the District’s related goals of academic excellence and teacher retention. The vast majority of high schools identified as PI 4 and 5 are considered the most unsafe campuses in the District and lack the appropriate amount of security personnel and violence prevention programs to have an impact;

 

Whereas, There is a correlation between refurbished school facilities, academic achievement and teacher retention which underscores the importance of an accelerated bond repair schedule at PI 4 and 5 high schools in order to provide students, teachers and staff with a safe, clean and operational school environment;

 

Whereas, The District has a moral and legal obligation to use every resource available to reform schools that are failing;

 

Whereas, The Board of Education of the City of Los Angeles is committed to realigning central office functions to support initiatives that improve student achievement;

 

Whereas, The Board of Education has retained the services of the Council of Great City Schools to analyze and provide recommendations to the District; and

 

Whereas, In order to truly reform a school identified for restructuring the Superintendent and Board of Education must be willing to take drastic measures afforded in No Child Left Behind Program Improvement Year 5; now, therefore, be it

 

Resolved, That the Board of Education of the City of Los Angeles directs the Superintendent to reconstitute restructure all Program Improvement 4 and 5 high secondary schools by June 30, 2005 and negotiate appropriate exceptions to contractual agreements with bargaining units as they pertain to the following “resolves” to enable deeper reform and greater decision making flexibility;

 

Resolved further, That the Superintendent develop a “compact” of appropriate employee commitments, including a signing bonus spread over two years in order to be hired or rejoin a reconstituted continue employment at a restructured secondary school;

 

 

 

Resolved further, That the Superintendent develop a “secondary school division” (no later than July 2005) from existing personnel, under the leadership of a Deputy Superintendent, reporting directly to the Superintendent, who will guide this effort, implement the District’s small learning community policy, coordinate and administer high school and middle school instructional programs, supervise school operations and progress, and build a comprehensive, cohesive structure of support to schools;

 

Resolved further, That the Superintendent identify $20 million in new funding, program efficiencies, or cuts to be dedicated to reconstituted high schools and professional development of employees not retained by reconstituted high schools;

 

Resolved further, That the secondary school division and each Local District dedicate local district resources and personnel to PI 4 and 5 schools and, work with the administrators and local school site council made up of faculty, staff, students, and parents to determine the most appropriate funding priorities;

 

Resolved further, That the Superintendent realign resources and identify new funding, program efficiencies, or cuts to be dedicated to restructured secondary schools in order to reduce class size, to eliminate traveling teachers, to provide a “signing” bonus to teachers in these schools, and to keep schools open later for targeted intervention and enrichment opportunities;

 

Resolved further, That reconstituted high schools be allowed to reorganize school site staff and/or restructure the pay scale using their existing budget or any additional funding provided by the District in order to attract high quality candidates from throughout the District;

 

Resolved further, That any administrative, certificated or classified personnel not retained following reconstitution be given professional development in order to be successful in future assignments; and be it finally

 

Resolved further, That reconstituted restructured high secondary schools be given authority over their entire budget respectful of federal or state requirements and Board policies to address issues of student achievement, security, professional development, compensation, class size, and classroom support among others; and be it finally

 

Resolved, That reconstituted restructured high secondary schools be given highest priority for completion of Proposition BB, Measure K and Measure R bond projects, as well as FEMA, COPS and deferred maintenance projects.

 

Ms. LaMotte seconded the motion.

 

Mr. Tokofsky moved to amend to Mr. Lansing’s motion by substituting the following:

 

Whereas, it is a priority of The Board of Education of the City of Los Angeles to participate in the conversation about program improvement schools with the Superintendent, staff, local schools and communities;

 

 

Whereas, at the March 1st Committee of the Whole, the Superintendent provided the Board with specific intervention options for PI 4 and 5 schools, including curricular and organizational restructuring, enhanced professional development, supplemental programs, partnering with outside school-reform entities, negotiation of signed compacts by staff, and, in some cases, reconstitution of the school; and

 

Whereas, at this point in the year, the Superintendent has not yet finalized his school-by-school plans in conjunction with local district superintendents, school administrators, teachers and parents; now, therefore, be it

 

Resolved, That the Superintendent report back to the Board by May 15, 2005, with

the specific site-by-site plans for PI 4 and 5 schools, including, where applicable, complete summaries of curricular and organizational restructuring, enhanced professional development, supplemental programs, partnerships with outside entities, negotiation of signed compacts by staff, and/or reconstitution; and be it finally

 

Resolved, That the Superintendent include in his plans a commitment to creative thinking and problem solving for failing schools, including, where appropriate, latitude for schools to control their own budgets, class sizes, professional development and personnel decisions.

 

Ms. Korenstein seconded the motion.

 

Superintendent Romer responded to questions from Board Members.

 

Following discussion, Mr. Lansing's motion and the proposed amendments were postponed to the Special Board Meeting of March 15, 2005.

 

INITIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

 

Mr. Huizar - Resolution to Support the Transformation of Los Angeles Schools by Integrating the Six Tenets of High Performing Schools into Educational Reform in Los Angeles (Assigned to the March 15, 2005, Special Board Meeting.)

 

Whereas, The Board of Education of the City of Los Angeles is committed to transforming the Los Angeles Unified School District into one of the best urban school district in the United States and ensuring that all District students receive the education they deserve to be prepared for post secondary education and life;

 

Whereas, Educational research and experience demonstrate that students experience greater academic achievement when their schools have the following Six Tenets: 

1) Small Schools 2) High Expectations for all Students 3) Local Control  4) Dollars get into the Classroom  5) Parent Participation and  6) Schools Kept Open Later;

 

Whereas, Small Schools are autonomous schools that have separate principals, teaching staffs, budgets and school codes that allow for a more personalized learning environment; and can share services and facilities such that one existing school campus can house several autonomous small schools;

 

Whereas, High Expectations for all students means that all students will take a rigorous curriculum and all high school students will have access to college-preparation courses that meet the University of California and California State University A-G requirements for college entrance;

 

Whereas, Local control of schools allows for critical decisions at each school site, including allocation of resources (budgets) and personnel, to be made on-site by school principals and teachers;

 

Whereas, Dollars get into the Classroom is a commitment by the District to shift as many funds as reasonably possible away from central administration and to school sites so that teachers can be paid more and more money gets directly into the classroom;

 

Whereas, Parent Participation demands greater parental engagement by requiring that families of students dedicate at least 30 hours annually to their child or children’s education experiences through activities such as volunteering at the school or tutoring at home; and

 

Whereas, Schools Kept Open Later commits that schools will be kept open until at least 5 p.m. during school days to accommodate the schedules of working families and the needs of the community at large; now, therefore, be it

 

Resolved, That the Board of Education of the City of Los Angeles directs the Superintendent to develop a Master Plan within 120 days to transform all District schools into small schools by 2015 adhering to the Six Tenets of High Performing Schools;

 

Resolved further, That the Master Plan include both a plan for transforming existing and planned schools as well a plan for reorganizing the District to most effectively support schools;

 

Resolved further, That the Board directs the Superintendent to retain a general management consulting firm to assist in the development of the Master Plan;

 

Resolved further, That the Board directs the Superintendent to redirect appropriate existing resources and seek additional outside funding in the form of grants to support the development and implementation of a Master Plan;

 

Resolved further, That the Board directs the Superintendent and his staff to leverage the work of the Small Learning Communities initiative in the development of the Master Plan; and be it finally

 

Resolved, That the complete Master Plan be presented to the Board of Education for adoption by October 2005.

 

 

 

 

PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

Dedication of easements in favor of Pacific

Bell Telephone Company and Southern California

Edison Company for portions of Caroldale Learning

Community without consideration

 

Mr. Jefferson Crain, Executive Officer of the Board announced:

 

Reference is made to Board of Education Report Nos. 270, 271, and 272-04/05 adopted February 22, 2005, wherein the Board adopted resolutions of intention to dedicate, without consideration, to the Pacific Bell Telephone Company, a Corporation, and Southern California Edison Company, a Corporation, portions of Caroldale Learning Community for public utilities purposes, without consideration.

 

The Board has fixed this meeting as the time and place for the public hearings upon the question of such dedications.

 

An opportunity is now given to anyone present to file with the Board petitions protesting the proposed dedications, signed by at least ten percent of the qualified electors of the District as shown by the affidavit of one of the petitioners.

 

No petitions being filed, a motion is now in order to adopt the resolutions and to direct the President and the Deputy Director of Real Estate to sign on behalf of the Board the deeds dedicating said properties.

 

Ms. LaMotte moved:

 

Resolved, That the Board of Education of the City of Los Angeles, in pursuance of the provisions of Sections 17556 through 17561, inclusive, of the Education Code of the State of California, does hereby declare its intention to grant an easement for public utilities to Pacific Bell Telephone Company, a Corporation (hereinafter called Grantee) upon that certain real property situated in the City of Carson, County of Los Angeles, State of California, legally described as follows:

 

The Easterly twelve (12.00) feet of Lot 88 in Tract 8 in Tract 3612, as per map recorded in Book 40 at Pages 5 and 6 of Maps, in the Office of the County Recorder of Los Angeles County.  Except therefrom the Northerly ten (10.00) feet of said land.

 

Such easement is proposed to be made by a Grant of Easement, without consideration, under the following conditions:

 

In the event Grantee ceases to use said real property for the purpose described herein, then all rights of Grantee herein shall cease and the above-described property shall revert to Grantor free and clear of the easement or estate hereby granted, and Grantor may reenter and retake full possession of said premises; it being an essential part of the consideration hereof that use by Grantee of said premises for the purpose described herein is a condition for the continuing of Grantee’s easement or estate hereunder.

 

Grantee shall be responsible for damage caused intentionally or by any negligent act of omission of Grantee, its agent or employees while exercising the rights granted herein;

 

And that the President of the Board of Education and the Director of Real Estate or his designee be authorized to sign the Deed on behalf of the Board, conveying said easement to Pacific Bell Telephone Company, upon the terms and conditions set forth in the resolution adopted February 22, 2005;

 

Resolved, That the Board of Education of the City of Los Angeles, in pursuance of the provisions of Sections 17556 through 17561, inclusive, of the Education Code of the State of California, does hereby declare its intention to grant easements for public utilities to Southern California Edison Company, a Corporation, (hereinafter called Grantee) upon that certain real property situated in the City of Carson, County of Los Angeles, State of California, legally described as follows:

 

The Southerly 6.00 feet of the East 12.00 feet of Lot 88 of Tract 3612, as per map recorded in Book 40, Page 5 and 6 of Maps in the Office of the County Recorder of said County;

 

And the Northerly 8.00 feet of the Easterly 36.00 feet of Lot 88, Tract No. 3612, as per map recorded in Book 40, Pages 5 and 6 of Maps, in the Office of the County Recorder of Los Angeles County;

 

Such easements are proposed to be made by a Grant of Easement, without consideration, under the following conditions:

 

In the event Grantee ceases to use said real property for the purpose described herein, then all rights of Grantee herein shall cease and the above-described property shall revert to Grantor free and clear of the easement or estate hereby granted, and Grantor may reenter and retake full possession of said premises; it being an essential part of the consideration hereof that use by Grantee of said premises for the purpose described herein is a condition for the continuing of Grantee’s easement or estate hereunder.

 

Grantee shall be responsible for damage caused intentionally or by any negligent act or omission of Grantee, its agent or employees while exercising the rights granted herein;

 

And that the President of the Board of Education and the Director of Real Estate or his designee be authorized to sign the deeds on behalf of the Board, conveying said easements to Southern California Edison Company, upon the terms and conditions set forth in the resolution adopted February 22, 2005.

 

Mr. Lauritzen seconded the motion.

 

Mr. Paul Escala, Joint Use Program Manager, responded to questions from Board Members.

 

Following discussion and by general consent, the motion was adopted.  Mr. Lansing was absent.

 

RECEIPT OF REPORTS (Continued)

 

Board of Education Report No. 315-04/05 - Celerity Nascent Charter School Petition: Assigned to Regular Calendar

 

President Huizar announced:

 

The Board is in receipt of the Celerity Nascent Charter School Petition.  This constitutes a public hearing to the petition, and those individuals who wish to address the Board on this item will be heard.  Anyone who wishes to speak to this report should go to the recording booth at the back of the Board Room and fill out a speaker’s card.  Those individuals will

be heard after the speakers already on the list.

 

The following speakers addressed the Board:

     

      Ms. Vielka McFarlan, Celerity Educational Group

 

      Ms. Winnie Tan, Celerity Educational Group

 

      Ms. Grace Kin, Celerity Educational Group

 

Dr. Benjamin responded to questions from Board Members.

 

President Huizar stated:

 

The Board will take final action to either approve or deny the petition at the Board meeting on April 12, 2005.  Should the charter be denied, the petitioners may submit the petition directly to the Los Angeles County Office of Education or directly to the State for action.

 

Regular  Calendar (Continued)

 

Board of Education Report No. 291 – 04/05

Designation of the Site Located at the Northeast Corner of Rayen

Street and Kester Avenue as the Preferred Site for the Location

of the New Valley Region Elementary School No. 6

 

The following speakers addressed the Board regarding the report:

 

      Honorable Alex Padilla, Councilman, City of Los Angeles

 

      Mr. Paul Lindbald, Panorama City Neighborhood Council

 

      Mr. John Boze

 

Superintendent Roy Romer thanked Councilman Alex Padilla for his support to the

Los Angeles Unified School District.

 

Mr. Tokofsky moved that the report be adopted.  Ms. Korenstein seconded the motion, which by general consent was adopted.  Ms. Canter was absent.

 

Later in the meeting, Ms. Canter recorded an aye vote on the report.

 

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President Huizar resumed the Order of Business.

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RECEIPT OF REPORTS (Continued)

 

Board of Education Report No. 314 – 04/05 - Heritage College-Ready High School Charter Petition:  Assigned to Regular Calendar

 

Ms. Jean Brown Assistant Superintendent, Instructional Support, and Ms. Burton addressed the Board on the report. 

 

President Huizar stated:

 

The Board is in receipt of the Heritage College-Ready High School Charter Petition.  This

constitutes a public hearing to the petition, and those individuals who wish to address the Board on these items will be heard.  Anyone who wishes to speak to this report should go to the recording booth at the back of the Board Room and fill out a speaker’s card.  Those individuals will be heard after the speakers already on the list.

 

There were no speakers.

 

President Huizar announced:

 

The Board will take final action to either approve or deny the petition at the Board meeting on April 12, 2005.  Should the charter be denied, the petitioners may submit the petition directly to the Los Angeles County Office of Education or directly to the State for action.

 

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President Huizar modified the Order of Business.

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Board Members Motions (Continued)

 

Action

 

Mr. Lauritzen, Ms. LaMotte, Ms. Korenstein – Declaring the First Week in March as California’s Week of the School Administrator.

 

Ms. LaMotte moved:

 

Whereas, Leadership matters for Los Angeles Unified School District schools and the more than 700,000 students they serve;

 

Whereas, Associated Administrators of Los Angeles (AALA) members have served District schools and students with distinction;

 

Whereas, Research shows great schools are led by great principals and assistant principals, and that strong district and site leaders are supported by middle managers throughout the District;

 

Whereas, District and school leaders depend upon the support and encouragement of the Board of Education;

 

Whereas, To promote ongoing student achievement and school success, district and school leaders also depend on a network of support from school communities, including fellow administrators, teachers, parents, students, businesses, community members, colleges and universities, community and faith-based organizations, elected officials, and district staff and resources;

 

Whereas, Local schools and students deserve experienced and aspiring leaders who provide ongoing encouragement, vision and support for the whole school community;

 

Whereas, The Board of Education of the City of Los Angeles recognizes the service and dedication of AALA members; and

 

Whereas, AALA members have furthered the District’s mission to ensure all students have the essential skills and knowledge needed to excel, and champion public education; now, therefore, be it

 

Resolved, That AALA members be recognized for their many years of dedicated service to students and staff; and

 

Resolved further, That AALA members be honored for their exemplary leadership in the District and their outstanding service to students, staff and colleagues.

 

Mr. Lauritzen seconded the motion, which by general consent was adopted.

 

Mr. Lansing, Mr. Huizar, Ms. Canter – Board Meeting Procedures

 

Mr. Lansing moved:

 

      Whereas, The Board of Education of the City of Los Angeles has elected to schedule its Regular Meetings on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 10:00 a.m.; and

 

      Whereas, Regular Board Meetings should provide an opportunity for students, parents, employees and community members to participate in and be informed about the governance of the Los Angeles Unified School District; now, therefore, be it

 

      Resolved, That the Board of Education of the City of Los Angeles will begin its meetings at the officially posted time;

 

      Resolved further, That the Board shall adopt the following procedures to govern discussion on any item and incorporate them within the Board Rules as Board Rule 55:

 

Š      Each Board Member, in the order recognized by the Chair, shall have five minutes to speak in each of two rounds on an item each round.

 

Š      Once having recognized a Member to speak, the Chair shall not recognize that Member for a second another round until all Board Members desiring to speak have had an opportunity to speak.

 

Š      A majority of board members must vote to extend questioning to an additional 3rd round.

 

Š      Answers to questions asked by a Board Member shall be counted against the five minutes allotted to the Board Member.  (Board Members shall make every effort to come to Board Meetings fully informed of the issues to be considered at the meeting.)

 

Š      The Executive Officer of the Board shall cause to have Board Members timed for when discussion of an issue begins and notify the chair when a Member's time has expired; and be it finally

 

Resolved, That the Board shall adjourn its Regular Board Meetings by 8:00 p.m., unless two-thirds of Board Members present vote in favor of extending the meeting at the time of adjournment.

 

Following discussion, Ms. Canter moved to call the question.  Mr. Lansing seconded

the motion, which on roll call failed 2 ayes, 5 noes, Ms. Korenstein, Ms. LaMotte,

Mr. Lauritzen, Mr. Tokofsky, and Mr. Huizar.

 

Mr. Lauritzen moved the following amendment to the main motion:

 

      That presentations will be limited to 10 minutes unless extended by a two thirds vote.

     

Mr. Tokofsky seconded the amendment.

 

On roll call, the amendment failed 3 ayes, 4 noes, Ms. Canter, Ms. Korenstein,

Mr. Lansing, and Mr. Huizar.

     

Ms. Korenstein moved the following:

 

      To limit the presentations to two per meeting.

 

The motion was accepted a friendly by the mover and the seconder. 

 

The final version reads as follows:

 

Whereas, The Board of Education of the City of Los Angeles has elected to schedule its Regular Meetings on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 10:00 a.m.; and

 

Whereas, Regular Board Meetings should provide an opportunity for students, parents, employees and community members to participate in and be informed about the governance of the Los Angeles Unified School District; now, therefore, be it

 

Resolved, That the Board of Education of the City of Los Angeles will begin its meetings at the officially posted time;

 

Resolved further, That the Board shall adopt the following procedures to govern discussion on any item and incorporate them within the Board Rules as Board Rule 55:

 

Š      Limit presentations to two per meeting

 

Š      Each Board Member, in the order recognized by the Chair, shall have five minutes to speak on an item each round.

 

Š      Once having recognized a Member to speak, the Chair shall not recognize that Member for another round until all Board Members desiring to speak have had an opportunity to speak.

 

Š      Answers to questions asked by a Board Member shall be counted against the five minutes allotted to the Board Member.  (Board Members shall make every effort to come to Board Meetings fully informed of the issues to be considered at the meeting.)

 

Š      The Executive Officer of the Board shall cause to have Board Members timed for when discussion of an issue begins and notify the chair when a Member's time has expired; and be it finally

 

Resolved, That the Board shall adjourn its Regular Board Meetings by 8:00 p.m., unless two-thirds of Board Members present vote in favor of extending the meeting at the time of adjournment.

 

By general consent, the motion was adopted as amended.

 

REGULAR CALENDAR (Continued)

 

DIRECT

 

Board of Education Report No. 305 – 04/05 (Direct)

Student Expulsions

 

Ms. Korenstein moved that the report be adopted withdrawing Case No. 205-04/05.

 

Mr. Lauritzen seconded the motion, which by general consent was adopted as amended. 

 

 

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President Huizar passed gavel to Ms. Canter and left the meeting.

Vice President Canter resumed the Order of Business.

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Regular Calendar  (Continued)

 

Board of Education Revised Report No. 300 – 04/05

Establishment of Land Acquisition Program III and

Acquisition of the Ambassador Hotel Property

 

DIRECT

 

Board of Education Report No. 303 – 04/05 (Direct)

Liability Insurance Claims

 

Board of Education Report No. 306 – 04/05 (Direct)

Student Reinstatements

 

Board of Education Report No. 307 – 04/05  (Direct)

Establishment of Student Body Fund

 

Board of Education Report No. 316 – 04/05 (Direct)   

Nonroutine Personnel Actions

 

Board of Education Report No. 319 – 04/05 (Direct)

Routine Personnel Actions

                                                                                            

Mr. Lansing moved that revised report 300-04/05, and report numbers 303-04/05,

306-04/05, 307-04/05, 316-04/05, 319-04/05, be adopted.  Ms. Korenstein seconded the motion.

 

Mr. Reed and Mr. Knott responded to questions from Board Members regarding Board of Education Report Nos. 300-04/05 and 319-04/05.

     

Following discussion, and by general consent the reports were adopted.  Mr. Huizar was absent.

 

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Vice President Canter modified the Order of Business.

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Correspondence and Petitions

 

Report of Correspondence

 

Mr. Lansing moved that the recommended disposition of the items of correspondence as indicated in the report be approved.  Ms. Korenstein seconded the motion, which by general consent was adopted.  Mr. Huizar was absent.

 

Miscellaneous

 

Approval of Minutes

 

Mr. Lansing moved the approval of the following minutes of the governing board of the Los Angeles Unified School District:

 

      10:00 a.m., Special Board Meeting, June 29, 2004

      10:00 a.m., Closed Session, February 1, 2005

      9:30 a.m., Closed Session, February 8, 2005

      10:00 a.m., Closed Session, February 15, 2005

      9:30 a .m., Closed Session, February 22, 2005

 

Ms. Korenstein seconded the motion, which by general consent was adopted. Mr. Huizar was absent.

 

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Vice President Canter resumed the Order of Business.

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Board Members Motions (Continued)

 

Action

 

Mr. Huizar and Ms. Canter's motion regarding the Adoption of Los Angeles Unified School District Vision Statement was postponed to the Regular Board Meeting of

April 12, 2005. 

           

Resolved, That the Board of Education of the City of Los Angeles adopts the following Proposed Statement of Vision, Mission, and Goals for the Los Angeles Unified School District:

 

Core Purpose/Mission

 

To educate all students to a high level of achievement that will enable them to be responsible individuals and productive members of the greater society.

 

Core Beliefs

 

Š      Children always come first in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Š      All students can learn to a high level of achievement.

Š      The achievement gap can be closed.

Š      Every child deserves to be taught by a qualified competent and well-prepared  teacher and supported served by competent qualified staff.

Š      All schools should provide students with a safe and healthy environment.

Š      The District can be a high performing organization.

Š      Parents and community are critical partners in the success of our students.

 

Vision

 

The Los Angeles Unified School District will be known as one of the best urban school districts in this country and be recognized for offering a stellar education to every student within a safe and caring environment, for dynamically engaging parents and the community,  The District will but especially be known for being the first major urban district to eliminate the achievement gap for among all subgroups of the student population.  The District’s schools will be the first and best choice of families in the Los Angeles area to educate their children.

 

Goal

 

The Los Angeles Unified School District will become one of the top be among the best urban districts in the state and nation (by 2010) through country by demonstrating continuous progress in: toward eliminating the achievement gap for all student subgroups, by ensuring a seat for every child, increasing the graduation rate, and providing an up to date and safe learning environment.

 

Š      Improving student achievement amongst all subgroups

Š      Closing the achievement gap

Š      Ensuring a seat for every child

Š      Providing a safe and healthy learning environment for all children.

 

Indicators of Progress

 

The Board of Education will measure its progress annually towards achieving its goal for all students using the following indicators (metrics):

 

      1.   The District’s graduation rate.

      2.   The percentage of high school graduates going to college going rate, per cent of and percentage of students going to community college and , and percent of students going to advanced career and technical schools.

      3.   Changes in the Advanced Placement Examination test participation and passing rate and participation rate.

      4.   The National Assessment of Educational Progress scores for 8 year olds 9, 13 year olds, and 17 year olds

      5.   The District’s performance scores on the

                        *a)California Academic Performance Indicator Index (API)

                        *b)California High School Exit Exam

                        *c)California Standards Tests in English Language Arts and Mathematics

      6.   The California English Language Development Test scores (CELDT) and

            redesignation rates.

      7.   Attendance rates for students and District employees.

8.   Changes in percentage of private school and public school market shares.  (Where

      are Charter Schools counted in this matric?)

9.   Changes in number of new home school seats for students, number of “CAP’ed”             students in the District, and number of new schools open.

 10.   Number and percentage of student suspensions and expulsions; annual as reported  

         in the District’s annual safety data.

 11.   Reconsider use of SAT and ACT scores and participation rates.

 12.   Meeting the Modified Consent Decree outcomes.

 

Changes in these indicators will be measured annually and widely reported to demonstrate the Board’s accountability to the public for the performance of the District.

 

All test scores and other relevant information will be disaggregated in reports to the Board in order to determine the rate at which the achievement gap is being closed.

 

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Vice President Canter modified the Order of Business.

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Motion Requested by the Superintendent

 

Ms. Korenstein moved:

 

Resolved, That Board of Education of the City of Los Angeles ratify the reappointment of the following individuals to the School Construction Bond Citizens’ Oversight Committee:

 

Scott Folsom, representing the 31st District PTSA

Robert Garcia, representing the Planning and Conservation League

John Hakel, representing the Associated General Contractors of California,

 Los Angeles District

Tyler McCauley, representing the County of Los Angeles Board of Supervisors

Anastacio Medina, representing the American Lung Association

Constance Rice, representing the Office of the Controller of the City

 of Los Angeles

Richard Slawson, representing the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor,        

 AFL-CIO

George Stavaris, representing the California Taxpayers Association

Betty Valles, representing the American Association of Retired Persons

 

Ms. LaMotte seconded the motion.

 

At the request of staff, the maker and seconder agreed to amend the motion by withdrawing the name of Betty Valles from the list and changing from “reappointment to “appointment.”

 

By general consent, the motion was adopted as amended.  Mr. Huizar was absent.

 

The final wording is as follows:

 

Resolved, That Board of Education of the City of Los Angeles ratify the appointment of the following individuals to the School Construction Bond Citizens’ Oversight Committee:

 

Scott Folsom, representing the 31st District PTSA

Robert Garcia, representing the Planning and Conservation League

John Hakel, representing the Associated General Contractors of California,

  Los Angeles District

Tyler McCauley, representing the County of Los Angeles Board of Supervisors

Anastacio Medina, representing the American Lung Association

Constance Rice, representing the Office of the Controller of the City of Los Angeles

Richard Slawson, representing the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor,

 AFL-CIO

George Stavaris, representing the California Taxpayers Association

 

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Vice President Canter resumed the Order of Business.

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MOTIONS (Continued)

 

Initial Announcement

 

Mr. Huizar, Ms. Canter and Mr. Lauritzen announced their intention to present the following Resolution on Charter School Accountability.

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Whereas, The Los Angeles Unified School District currently has 68 charter schools serving 29,000 students between kindergarten and 12th grade;

 

Whereas, the Board is responsible for renewing and granting charter proposals and is thus accountable for charter schools;

 

Whereas, the Board has oversight responsibilities over existing charters;

 

Whereas, Charter schools are a means for parents and educators to increase educational choice and innovation within the public school system;

 

Whereas, Charter schools can provide possible solutions to urban school challenges, such as easing overcrowding, encouraging parental involvement, and narrowing the achievement gap; and

 

Whereas, The Board of Education of the City of Los Angeles believes charters are part of the District’s family; now therefore, be it

 

Resolved, That the Superintendent report on the District’s existing mechanisms for tracking and monitoring charter schools;

 

Resolved further, That the Superintendent work with the Charter Office to identify those charter schools that are not fulfilling their responsibilities as defined by their charters and/or District standards and provide regular feedback for those schools to the Board;

 

Resolved further, That the Superintendent report on successful innovative practices that could be emulated at the District;

 

 

Resolved further, That the Superintendent report on the steps necessary to strengthen the link between charter school performance and the granting or renewal of its charter on a regular basis and make legislative recommendations for strengthening the links, if necessary; and be it finally

 

Resolved, That these actions be completed by July 2005. 

 

Mr. Huizar, Mr. Lauritzen, and Ms. Korenstein announced their intention to present the following Resolution on Excellence and Equity in the Reduction of High School Drop-outs/Push-outs through Prevention, Intervention and Recovery.

 

Whereas, Student graduation and college graduation rates do not reflect the number of students who begin and participate in public education;

 

Whereas, The current educational service delivery system in the Los Angeles Unified School District produces and tolerates an unacceptable number of students that exit the school system prematurely;

 

Whereas, The District is managing the largest public works program in the nation by constructing 160 new schools in the next 8 years with the intention of improving student achievement and increasing student retention by reducing overcrowding and providing for safe, adequate and appropriate facilities;

 

Whereas, Communities of poverty and children of color are disproportionately affected and represented by the drop outs/push out statistics in urban education;

 

Whereas, National data inform that out of every 100 African American kindergartners, 87 will graduate from high school, 54 will complete some college, and 16 will obtain at least a bachelor’s degree;

 

Whereas, National data inform that out of every 100 Latino kindergartners, 62 will graduate from high school, 29 will complete some college, and 6 will obtain at least a bachelor’s degree;

 

Whereas, In the District, more than 25,000 students drop out of school every year; and 59% of Hispanic students drop out; 50% of African-American students drop out; 22% of Asian students drop out; and 31% of White students drop out;

 

Whereas, National data indicate that 82% of all prisoners are dropouts;

 

Whereas, High school dropouts make 42% less money in the workplace than high school graduates; and 50% of dropouts are unemployed; and

 

Whereas, Dropouts are three times as likely to face poverty and to receive public assistance than high school graduates; now, therefore, be it


 

Resolved, That the Board of Education of the City of Los Angeles hereby directs the Superintendent to base all decisions on the education of students, most notably in respect to closing the achievement gap, on the Board’s commitment to preserving, developing, and augmenting those programs that are directly related to dropout prevention, intervention, and recovery;

 

Resolved, That the Board directs the Superintendent to develop a District policy regarding drop outs that speaks to the need to reduce the current rate through coordinating resources and strategies that include prevention, intervention and recovery efforts;

 

Resolved further, That the Board of Education directs the Superintendent to develop and implement a blueprint that will reflect a comprehensive District plan that includes preventive, intervention and recovery strategies incorporating a local District plan and additions to the single plan for each school site as developed by each school site;

 

Resolved further, That the Blueprint incorporates a definition that will accurately account for the students exiting this school system and will inform the collection of the necessary data to have an accurate representation of the exit trends from K-12 that will be available by feeder patterns;

 

Resolved further, That the Blueprint incorporate the profile of indicators that identify a student at risk and institutional factors that contribute to a student dropping out;

 

Resolved further, That the District engage in an education campaign with parents and community stakeholders to raise awareness and partnerships around reduction and recovery efforts based on this profile of indicators;

 

Resolved further, That the Superintendent present the policy and the blueprint to the Board within 90 days for adoption, along with any existing related policies and practices that positively or negatively impact the efforts to reduce drop outs District wide; and be it finally

 

Resolved, That this resolution, policy and blueprint be communicated to all students, parents, teachers, community-based organizations, members of the business community, Los Angeles City Council, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, California State Assembly and State Senate, and the Office of the Governor.

 

Mr. Huizar and Mr. Lauritzen announced their intention to present the following motion regarding District’s Ethics Office.

 

Whereas, The Board of Education of the City of Los Angeles believes that the success of any organization rests on a solid foundation of ethical principles and values;

 

Whereas, Most District employees are honest, loyal and hardworking men and women who are eager to meet the high standards the public expects of its public servants;

 

 

Whereas, The Board mandated over 4 years ago that District staff implement an effective Ethics Program and Lobbyist Registration Program;

 

Whereas, The Board wants to send a clear message to the employees, contractors, and the public that the District leadership promotes a culture of integrity and ethical values;

 

Whereas, The Board wants to improve the visibility, credibility, and effectiveness of the Ethics Office; now, therefore, be it

 

Resolved, That the Superintendent place a greater priority on implementing an effective Ethics Program and Lobbyist Registration Program;

 

Resolved further, That the Superintendent provide the Ethics Office with the necessary resources identified in the Ethics Office’s draft Strategic Plan, including a firm and unchanging commitment of $600,000 each fiscal year and 5 full-time positions;

 

Resolved further, That the Superintendent work with the Personnel Commission to fill the 5 full-time positions within the next 60 days;

 

Resolved further, That the Superintendent require the Office of General Counsel to take responsibility for managing conflict of interest reporting and that the Ethics Office’s duties and responsibilities be dedicated to implementing an effective Ethics Program and Lobbyist Registration Program; and be it finally

 

Resolved, That the Superintendent report to the Board on the status of these actions by April 1, 2005.

 

MISCELLANEOUS (Continued)

 

THIS WEEK IN EDUCATION

 

Mr. Tokofsky briefly mentioned the Read Across America: 101st Birthday Celebration of Dr. Seuss.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Mr. Lauritzen moved:

 

That Ms. Marlene Canter, Member of this Board of Education, be found absent from the Closed Session and Regular Board meetings of February 22, 2005, because of illness.

 

Mr. Tokofsky seconded the motion, which by general consent was adopted.  Mr. Huizar and

Mr. Lansing were absent.

 

 

 

 

 

Mr. Tokofsky moved:

 

That a Special Board Meeting be called for March 15, 2005, at 1:00 p.m., in the Board Room to take action on the Second Period Interim Financial Report and any other items requiring Board consideration.

 

Mr. Lauritzen seconded the motion, which by general consent was adopted.  Mr. Huizar and

Mr. Lansing were absent.

 

PUBLIC COMMENT

 

The following speakers addressed the Board on the subjects indicated:

 

 Mr. Jonathan Penzner shared his time            Valley Community Charter School

       with Ms. Chris Ferris, Mr. Scott

 Alexander, Mr. Jose Pareda, and

 Mr. Carl Hills

 

Ms. Isabel Birueta, Women at Work               Latina Educational Conference

 

Ms. Lynnelle Sanchez, Women at Work         Latina Educational Conference

 

Ms. Haidy Samouha                                       Due Process/ Psychological Services

 

Ms. Shirley Isaacson                                       Due Process

 

Ms. Constance Hawkins                                 Concerns at 186th St. School

 

Ms. Lorena Jaramillo                                      Instruction and Accountability

 

Mr. Davy McClay                                          Teacher Salary

 

Mr. Benjamin Jimenez                                    Concerns at Bravo Medical Magnet

 

Ms. LaMotte moved that the meeting be adjourned.  Ms. Canter seconded the motion, which by general consent was adopted.  Mr. Huizar, Mr. Lansing, and Mr. Tokofsky were absent. 

 

The meeting adjourned at 6:49 p.m.

 

APPROVED BY BOARD:  August 23, 2005 

 

 

 

__________________________________      ___________________________________

                      JOSE HUIZAR                                               JEFFERSON CRAIN

                        PRESIDENT                             EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF THE BOARD

 

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