BOARD OF EDUCATION OF THE CITY OF LOS ANGELES
Governing Board Of The Los Angeles Unified School District


REGULAR MEETING ORDER OF BUSINESS

450 North Grand Avenue, Room H-160
2:00 p.m., Monday, May 18, 1998


I. Roll Call Of Members

II. Pledge Of Allegiance To The Flag

III. Students' Concerns

Student Members Kunthea Chhun from Francis Polytechnic High School, Rosa Navarro from Monroe High School, and Tew Boonyawan from Canoga High School

IV. Special Report

Our Kids, Our Schools - Review of Proposition BB Progress

V. Public Notice Of Initial Negotiating Proposal (Received April 27, 1998)

United Teachers Los Angeles
REPORTS DATED MAY 18, 1998

VI. Consent Calendar (Board Rule 61) - Communications Dated May 4, 1998

A.Board of Education Report No. 1 ADOPTED
Accounting and Disbursements Division No. 1
(Report of Warrants Issued, Request to Reimburse Revolving Cash Fund and to Reissue Stale Dated Warrants)

Facilities Services Division No. 1
(Award of Advertised and Unadvertised Contracts)

Facilities Services Division No. 2
(Approval of Negative Declaration and Approval of Project­Nordhoff/Willis Primary Center)

Facilities Services Division No. 4 WITHDRAWN BY STAFF
(Prevailing Wages Requirements)

VII. Regular Calendar ­ Communications Dated May 4 and 11, 1998

B.Board of Education Report No. 2 ADOPTED
Budget Services and Financial Planning Division No. 1
(Adoption of Adult Education Schools Calendar for School Year 1998-99)

C.Board of Education Report No. 3 ADOPTED
Business Services Division No. 1
(Agreements and Amendments, Construction Inspection Services Agreement, Professional Services Agreements, Personal/Professional Services Agreements Aggregating $50,000 and Over, Audit Services Agreement Aggregating $50,000 and Over, and Health and Human Services Agreement Aggregating $50,000 and Over)

D.Board of Education Report No. 4 ADOPTED AS AMENDED
Facilities Services Division Revised No. 3
(Purchase of Modular Buildings for 1998-99 Relief of Overcrowding)

E.Board of Education Report No. 5 ADOPTED
Budget Services and Financial Planning Division No. 1
(Adoption of the 1998-99 Final Budget Including Policies Followed in Preparing the Final Budget)

F.Board of Education Report No. 6 ADOPTED AS AMENDED
Budget Services and Financial Planning Division No. 2
(Superintendent's Recommendations for Program Improvements for Inclusion in the 1998-99 Final Budget)

VIII. New Reports ­ Direct To Board For Action

G.Board of Education Report No. 7 ADOPTED AS AMENDED
(Approval of Charter School Petition for Selected Schools and Magnet Centers in the Crenshaw/Dorsey Cluster Family)

H.Board of Education Report No. 8 ADOPTED
(Student Expulsions)

I.Board of Education Report No. 9 ADOPTED
(Student Application for Admission)

J.Board of Education Report No. 10 ADOPTED
(Revocation of the Suspension of Expulsion Order)

K.Board of Education Report No. 11 ADOPTED
(Various Purchasing Transactions)

L. Board of Education Report No. 12 WITHDRAWN

M. Board of Education Report No. 13 ADOPTED

(Submission to the California State Department of Education of the Los Angeles Unified School District's Extension of the Local Plan for Special Education)

N. Board of Education Report No. 14 ADOPTED
(Routine Personnel Actions)

O. Board of Education Report No. 15 ADOPTED AS AMENDED

(Classified Employees Suspension-Dismissals, Dismissals, Rescission of Dismissals, Rescission of Suspension-Dismissals)

P. Board of Education Report No. 16 ADOPTED
(Review of District's Contracting Process)

Q. Board of Education Report No. 17 ADOPTED
(Audit of Proposition BB Funds)

R. Board of Education Report No. 18 ADOPTED AS AMENDED
(Chanda Smith Consent Decree Implementation Plan Number 2)


S. Board of Education Report No. 19 ADOPTED

(Approval of Principles for Joint Use Agreements; Memorandum of Understanding with the City of Los Angeles; and Authorization to Enter into Agreements to Implement Proposition K)

T. Instruction/Curriculum/Student Achievement Committee Report No. 1 ADOPTED
(Special Education Nonpublic School Placements)

IX. Motions And Resolutions For Adoption

U. Mr. Tokofsky - Motion to Establish an Office of Inspector General (Noticed November 3, 1997) - DISCUSSED IN BUSINESS AND OPERATIONS/PERSONNEL COMMITTEE,
FEBRUARY 19 POSTPONED

Whereas, the Los Angeles Unified School District projects one billion six hundred million dollars ($1,600,000,000) annually in business, construction, and consulting contracts for the next 10 years, adding an additional approximate four hundred million dollars ($400,000,000) in voter-approved Proposition BB funds;

Whereas, such funds should be allocated in the most cost-effective basis that prevents tax dollar waste or abuse; and

Whereas, the District wishes to avoid even the appearance of lax controls over these new expenditures; now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the Board of Education of the City of Los Angeles establish the Office of Inspector General and appoint an Inspector General to a term of office of five years, which may be renewed once for a total of 10 years; and be it

Resolved further, That the Board of Education of the City of Los Angeles convene a panel of at least three members of the Association of Inspectors General to screen and recommend candidates for the selection of an Inspector General; and be it

Resolved further, That the selection panel use the following criteria when making their selection: That the inspector general shall have verifiable experience in criminal investigations and prosecutions, the conducting of audits, public administration, conflict of interest and campaign finance laws, and any additional skill or knowledge necessary to carry out the duties and responsibilities of an inspector general; and be it

Resolved further, That the Board of Education of the City of Los Angeles shall select the inspector general from the candidates recommended by the panel of Inspectors General;
and be it

Resolved further, That the Board of Education of the City of Los Angeles establish policies and procedures for the removal from his or her position as Inspector General if 1) a two-thirds majority of its members votes for the removal; or 2) if the Inspector General is found to have violated a state or federal law or regulation, local ordinance, or a policy or practice of the Board, relative to ethical practices, including, but not limited to, the acceptance of gifts or contributions; and be it

Resolved further, That the Board of Education of the City of Los Angeles define the duties of the Inspector General as being responsible for auditing and investigating any and all matters regarding the operations, activities, construction, and expenditures of the Los Angeles Unified School District, the Board of Education of the City of Los Angeles, District and Board staff, and District contractors and subcontractors. The authority of the Inspector General shall also include investigation of possible conflicts of interest, improper communications with Board Members on potential contracts before contract awards, or other ethical violations and be it

Resolved further, That the Inspector General shall have subpoena power as authorized by state and local codes or granted powers and the Board of Education of the City of Los Angeles acknowledges that any investigatory file compiled by the inspector general is an investigatory file compiled by a law enforcement agency subject to disclosure pursuant to subdivision (f) of Section 6254 of the Government Code; and be it

Resolved further, That the Board of Education of the City of Los Angeles direct the Inspector General to establish procedures to require that a prequalification questionnaire be completed by each construction company, engineering firm, consultant, legal firm, product vendor, and any other business entity seeking to contract with the board for the furnishing of goods or services. The Board will establish polices and procedures to prohibit the District from entering into a contract or doing business with any firm that knowingly provides false information on the questionnaire. The questionnaire shall solicit information regarding the firm including, but not limited to the following subjects: (1) Experience; (2) Quality and timeliness of past performance; (3) Reliability and responsibility; (4) Compliance with wage, hours, and other fair; (5) Compliance with equal employment requirements; (6) Subcontractors used by the firm; (7) Integrity of the firm and its key personnel; (8) Gifts given, or contributions made, to members, alternate members, or employees of the Board; (9) Lawsuits filed against the firm and their dispositions; and be it

Resolved further, That the Inspector General shall, at a noticed public meeting of the Board of Education, report quarterly on the following: (a) School construction, design, and repair contracts, including expenditures on such projects for consultants, attorneys, developers, and construction firms; b) Expenditures of funds allocated by Proposition BB and any future bond measures approved by the voters for school construction, design, or repair; (c) Travel, meals, and refreshments, private club dues, membership fees and charges, and any other expenditures which are specified by the Board; (d) A report on savings or recommendations for savings; and be it

Resolved further, That the Board of Education of the City of Los Angeles fund the Office of Inspector General using existing District resources, which may include redirecting funds which would otherwise be allocated to the Independent Analysis Unit or the recently established Special Audits Branch.
V. Mr. Kiriyama - Pilipino Week (Waiver of Board Rule 72) ADOPTED

Whereas, The Republic of the Philippines is celebrating 1998 as its 100th year of independence from more than 333 years of Spanish rule, and in recognition thereof, many Filipino communities in California and throughout the world will celebrate this historic event with international expositions, conferences and festivities;

Whereas, The centennial anniversary serves to re-ignite interest not only of the culmination of Spanish rule but serves to rekindle awareness of the history of the Philippines and an appreciation of the true Filipino identity and pride;

Whereas, The Republic of the Philippines has a long-shared history with the United States of America;

Whereas, The Filipino-Americans constitute the largest ethnic group among Asian/Pacific Islander Americans;

Whereas, There are thousands of students and employees of Filipino heritage in the
Los Angeles Unified School District; and


Whereas, The centennial independence celebration will bring into focus the culture and contribution of the Filipinos in the community; now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the Board of Education of the City of Los Angeles declare June 8-12, 1998, as Pilipino Week; and be it

Resolved further, That the Board direct the Superintendent to encourage schools to hold appropriate activities to commemorate this anniversary.

W. Mr. Tokofsky, Ms. Fields, and Mr. Kiriyama (Noticed April 13, 1998) - Morgan Hart - Class Size Reduction - DISCUSSED IN INSTRUCTION/CURRICULUM/STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT COMMITTEE POSTPONED

Whereas, English is one of the core subjects of the secondary curriculum;

Whereas, Most students benefit from a lower student-to-teacher ratio;

Whereas, In 1983 the state legislature passed the Morgan-Hart Class Size Reduction Act which provided class size reduction in high school English classes;

Whereas, The District has been implementing such a secondary school class size reduction in its English classes; but chose to implement in only the 11th grade;

Whereas, Many high school students will drop out prior to receiving those benefits in 11th grade;

Whereas, Students need class size reduction in English in the earliest grade possible‹namely 9th grade according to the law; and

Whereas, Many districts across California implement Morgan-Hart in the 9th grade; and now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the Board of Education of the City of Los Angeles direct the Superintendent to come forward with recommendations by May 21, 1998, that provide flexibility to the local schools to implement the Morgan-Hart Class Size Reduction; and be it

Resolved further, That until such time schools may choose to implement class size reduction in the 9th grade with the extra resources they receive from the Morgan-Hart Act; and be it

Resolved further, That the Superintendent provide plans to reduce class size in English at a level that would be as complete as is presently provided in 11th grade.

X. Mr. Horton, Ms. Castro, Ms. Fields, Mr. Kiriyama, and Mr. Tokofsky - California Children and Families First Initiative (Noticed April 27) - DISCUSSED IN STUDENT HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES COMMITTEE ADOPTED

Whereas, The California Children and Families First Initiative aims to be placed before the California voters, November, 1998;

Whereas, The goals of this Initiative are to generate $700 million annually for infant and early childhood education, parent education, domestic violence programs, anti-smoking and health programs;

Whereas, The monies to fund these said programs would be generated by an additional $.50 sales tax on each pack of cigarette;

Whereas, The revenues from this Initiative would be received and administered by newly created County commissions which will be funded by this Initiative;

Whereas, These County commissions would determine how best to support and fund programs which promote early education, parent education, anti-smoking and health issues;

Whereas, All children who enter school would benefit academically, socially and emotionally from early education, parental involvement, and a healthy start in life; and
Whereas, Early education, family support and a healthy start in life are cost-effective measures both educationally and socially; now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the Board of Education of the City of Los Angeles strongly support the California Children and Families First Initiative for the November 1998 election.

X. Motion Requested by the Superintendent

Y. That Board Rule 1267 Political Activities be amended, as follows, to clarify policy related to political activities: WITHDRAWN

a. No political activities shall be engaged in on district premises or on property owned by or in

the possession or control of the Los Angeles Unified School District except as provided under the Civic Center Act (See Board Rules 1301 et seq.) and except that political literature or literature which relates to matters of general or public interest may be distributed by and presented to school employees who are off duty, including, but not limited to, the duty-free lunch periods. An employee is off-duty before and after the assigned day of the individual employee and during his duty-free lunch period. Such literature may be distributed only in areas such as employee lunchrooms or lounges or in other areas, which are apart fro m students or classes. Such distribution must be conducted in such manner as not to interfere materially with the conduct of any school activity. (Amended 1-11-71)

b.Employee should avoid the distribution or display of partisan political materials, e.g., posters, political buttons, apparel, in instructional settings, i.e., in the presence of students.
XI. Receipt Of Communications For Action At Next Board Meeting
(The Board will decide which are to be referred as Consent Calendar communications.)

Board of Education
Z.Office of the Superintendent No. 1 REGULAR
(Student Integration)

Z-1. Office of the Superintendent No. 2 REGULAR

(Receipt of Submitted Implementation Plans 4 and 5 Re: Consent Decree and Process for Review and Action)

AA. Accounting and Disbursements Division No. 1 CONSENT
(Report of Warrants Issued and Request to Reimburse Revolving Cash Fund)

BB. Business Services Division No. 1 REGULAR

(Agreement and Amendments, Construction Inspection Services Agreements, Personal/Professional Services Agreements, Personal/Professional Services Agreements Aggregating $50,000 and Over, Amendment to Personal/Professional Services Agreement Aggregating $50,000 and Over, Amendment to Health and Human Services Agreements and Aggregating $50,000 and Over)

CC. Office of the Chief Financial Officer No. 1 REGULAR
(Implementation of Per Pupil Budgeting Plan)

DD. Facilities Services Division No. 1 REGULAR

(Award of Advertised and Unadvertised Contracts, Cancellation of Architectural Agreement, Rejection of Bids, and Relocation of Assistance Benefit Payments)

EE. Personnel Division No. 1 CONSENT
(Credential Waiver Authorizations)

FF. Business and Operations/Personnel Committee REGULAR
Personnel Division No. 1
(Report of Teacher Assignments and Credential Authorizations)

Instruction/Curriculum/Student Achievement Committee CONSENT
GG. Office of the Superintendent No. 1
(Technology Literacy Challenge Grant­Focus on Achievement Project)

HH. Office of the Superintendent No. 2 CONSENT
(Digital High School Education Technology Program [Huntington Park High School])

II. Instructional Services No. 1 WITHDRAWN
(Recommended Adoption of Instructional Materials for Senior High Schools)

JJ. Instructional Services No. 2 REGULAR
(Submission of Part I of the 1998-99 Application for Funding Consolidated Categorical Aid Programs)

Facilities Committee REGULAR
KK. Budget Services and Financial No. 1
(Facilities Funding for Class Size Reduction and Teachers Academy)

Lifelong Learning Committee CONSENT
LL. Division of Adult and Career Education No. 1
(Continuation of the Transition Partnership Project 1998-99)

School Safety Committee CONSENT
MM. Office of School Operations No. 1
(Student Soccer Trip to Paris)

XII. Correspondence And Petitions

NN. Report of Correspondence APPROVED

XIII. Approval of Minutes APPROVED

OO. 2:00 p.m., Regular Meeting, June 5, 1995
4:00 p.m., Special Meeting, February 26, 1996
4:00 p.m., Special Meeting, February 17, 1998
10:00 a.m., Closed Session, May 4, 1998

XIV. Miscellaneous Business

Motions and Resolutions (Initial Announcements)

PP. Ms. Fields - Outlawing Production, Stockpiling, Sale and Use of Antipersonnel Landmines
ASSIGNED TO SCHOOL SAFETY AND CAMPUS ENVIRONMENT

Whereas, There are 110,000,000 million landmines scattered in 69 countries with this figure increasing dramatically year by year, continuing violence against civilians long after warfare has ceased;

Whereas, Another victim is killed or maimed every twenty minutes, more than 25. 000 each year, and most of the victims are children, or women peasants seeking to feed their families;

Whereas, 250,000 people world wide are disabled as a result of a landmine injury;

Whereas, As in the worst effected areas, the landmines play havoc with the economy-refugees cannot return home, farmers cannot till the land relief shipments cannot be delivered, animals cannot reach water holes, suitable lands are over farmed, healthcare systems are overwhelmed, mine clearance cost are exorbitant;

Whereas, The United States has been major producer and exporter of anti-personnel landmines for a quarter of a century, although it has declared a moratorium, recently to 1999, on the export of anti-personnel landmines;

Whereas, U.S. Military leaders, including General Schwarzkopf, have confirmed that there is no need for anti-personnel landmines as weapons;

Whereas, The United States has recognized the humanitarian cost of anti-personnel landmines and is pursuing efforts in the United Nations and elsewhere to address the problem landmines;

Whereas, The United States policy requires the Secretary of Defense to undertake research to eliminate any need (training or specific defense) for anti-personnel landmines;

Whereas, Despite international momentum for a global ban on anti-personnel landmines, the United Nations Convention on Conventional Weapons review conference failed to negotiate a ban;

Whereas, More than 170 U.S. humanitarian organizations including the Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation, The Red Cross, CARE, Save the Children, Catholic Relief Services, and World Vision, have joined more than 1,000 groups in over 156 countries around the world in calling for an immediate ban on the production, stockpiling, use, and transfer on anti-personnel mines;

Whereas, The United States led a United States General Assembly resolution calling for international negotiations as soon as possible to ban the production, stockpiling, use and transfer of anti-personnel landmines supported by 156 nations;

Whereas, The United States participated in the recent conference in Ottawa, Canada, at which Canada invited nations to sign an international landmines ban treaty in December 1997;

Whereas, Lying in fields, along with road and footpaths of one third of the countries in the developing world, 110,000,000 uncleared landmines are weapon of mass destruction in slow motion; and

Whereas, A result of landmines amputees constitute the largest disabled group in the world; now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the Board of Education of the City of Los Angeles gathered here on the day of May 18, 1998, does hereby urge the President and the Congress of the United States to achieve legislation outlawing the production, stockpiling, sale and use of anti-personnel landmines;

Resolved, that the Board encourage U.S. leaders to sign the International Treaty Banning anti personnel landmines;

Resolved, that the Board and it's members urge the Congress of the United States to turn the recently enacted three-year extension of a moratorium on exports of anti-personnel landmines into a permanent ban;

Resolved, that copies of this resolution be sent to all relevant parties, including the Assembly and Senate of the State of California.

QQ. Meeting, Conference and Convention Motions and Announcements

RR. This Week in Education

Mrs. Boudreaux will comment on the following:

Ms. Fields will comment on the following:

Eason (Portola Middle School), Jenny Johnson (Wilbur Elementary School), and
L. Joanne Rygh (Pomelo Elementary School)

for District Students

Poor Who Are Without Medical Insurance

Mr. Tokofsky will comment on the following:

Admissions

Mr. Kiriyama will comment on the following:


SS. Speakers

XV.Adjournment - In memory of Hamilton High School Student Arthur Brown, and Entertainer Frank Sinatra



Please Note That The Board Of Education May Refer Any Item On This Order Of Business For The Consideration Of A Standing Committee Of The Board Of Education Which Meets On The Thursday Immediately After This Meeting.