- Steve Lopez, Los Angeles Times
Our students and the taxpayers cannot afford another year like the one we just had:
- Just when it looked like the district was finally pulling itself out of the hole left by the Great Recession, it implemented MiSiS at a cost of $13.5 million. This poorly designed and untested program was a disaster that resulted in judge George Hernandez Jr. ruling that students of LAUSD’s Jefferson High School “have suffered and continue to suffer severe and pervasive educational deprivations.” Fixing this program may cost the taxpayers $98 million.
- When temperatures soared in September, students were left with stifling classrooms as the district logged “nearly 500 calls for service for older air-conditioning systems.” Meanwhile, the district continued to divert $1.3 billion that the voters approved for badly needed construction and repairs to purchase iPads and other consumer items.
- In May the District was ordered to pay a $6,000 penalty for falsely stating that they were “not aware of any responsive photographs” in the Miramonte civil cases. The district eventually settled with the plaintiffs for $139 million, diverting badly needed money from the education of our students.
The current Board has had their chance to fix our broken system and failed miserably. In fact, they have made it worse. It is time for some new blood. As a father of five, with four children enrolled in the district, I have a personal interest in improving the district for all students. Together we can bring the changes that are needed in the LAUSD:
- Eliminate layers of bureaucracy so that parents, teachers and staff have more say at the local level.
- Institute real reforms so that the Superintendent is accountable to the stakeholders.
- Eliminate the reliance on standardized testing to evaluate anything but how students can be helped.