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Petitioning LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy and 39 others

LAUSD Board Members and Staff: PLEASE CORRECT ERROR AND RESTORE LACES $300,000 TITLE I FUNDS

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Supporters

RE: DISTRICT REFUSES TO RELEASE $300,000 2013-14 TITLE I FUNDS TO LACES

Greetings. We are LACES parents.

We are both saddened and outraged that our TITLE I funding will be cut for the 2013-14 year and that LACES has been categorized at 49.63% in the DISTRICT's TITLE I FY2013-14 Ranking. We know that the DISTRICT received LACES TITLE I applications in a timely fashion but for some unstated reason has refused to count 10 student applications in our total. If the DISTRICT would count these applications as required, LACES would, in fact, be four students above the 50% threshold. As a result of DISTRICT'S error, LACES is losing $300,000 in TITLE I funding and any Hold Harmless funding eligibility in 2014-15.

The DISTRICT acknowledges:

♦ LACES applications were filed on time;
♦ DISTRICT failed to process these applications when received prior to the deadline;
♦ LACES met and abided by eligibility deadline;
♦ LACES meets the TITLE I eligibility criteria; and
♦ DISTRICT is in error.

THE DISTRICT REFUSES TO ACCOUNT FOR ERROR,
CORRECT ITS MISTAKE AND RELEASE THESE FUNDS TO LACES

Losing our $300,000 TITLE I funds means no nurse, parent coordinator, math study groups, inadequate counseling support, etc.

We want our situation stated on the public record and urge the DISTRICT to correct this error. All LAUSD schools deserve adequate funding and support from the DISTRICT. LACES has the highest ranking API score for high schools in the DISTRICT and sends almost 100 percent of our graduates to college. Give us a break!!!! Why has this seemingly punitive action been taken against us? We try to do everything right and yet we face this reprehensible situation with the DISTRICT providing no remedy.

Like all LAUSD families and employees, we at LACES spend countless hours working to provide our children a better future, fundraising, and volunteering to make our schools work in spite of six years of continual cutbacks we have all faced in LAUSD. We follow the rules, vote, and pay our taxes. We are at a loss when faced with this inexplicable and unjustifiable situation. At your request, we all worked hard to pass Proposition 30, walking precincts, making phone calls, handing out literature, etc. to improve funding in our schools. We need the DISTRICT to keep its end of the bargain. LACES is legally and ethically entitled to and eligible for these TITLE I funds. Please correct this error and provide us access to these funds.

LACES stands together with all schools in the 40-50% TITLE I FY2013-14 ranking and wants you to find a way to restore their funds as well when you address budget matters this week. However, LACES' true ranking is greater than 50% in the TITLE I FY2013-14 category but for the DISTRICT's error.

We are proud LAUSD and LACES parents. However, we are deeply dismayed and angry that LACES has been treated so unfairly by the DISTRICT when this error is so glaring and indefensible.

PLEASE CORRECT ERROR AND RESTORE LACES $300,000 TITLE I FUNDS

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LAUSD SUPERINTENDENT DR. DEASY'S RESPONSE ON THE PEITION

From: Carranza, Patricia [mailto:patricia.carranza@...] On Behalf Of Deasy, John
Sent: Wednesday, May 15, 2013 2:12 PM

Subject: RE: DISTRICT REFUSES TO RELEASE $300,000 2013-14 TITLE I FUNDS TO LACES

The District is aware of the academic success of LACES.  I congratulate you on your continued investment in the academic success of students.

In response to your email I want to begin by reviewing pertinent dates in the National School Lunch Program. Meal applications were mailed to parents on July 15, 2012.  While parents can submit applications all year, schools were notified that total enrollment, demographic data, and poverty enrollment would be captured as of State determined data date of October 3, 2012. Only students who were enrolled and who had a processed free-and-reduced meal application are included in the school's poverty percentage. 

I have reviewed the data provided by Food Services.  As of October 3, 2012, Food Services Division processed over 309,000 applications of which over 1000 were from LACES.  Of the 1000 applications, many were duplicates.  Food Services determined 813 students eligible for free or reduced lunch; 221 were either denied, incomplete or full price.  There were 92 parents who applied and opted not to participate in the program and another 731 families who never submitted an application.

Please be reminded that it is a parent's right to decline to submit a meal lunch application for their child.  Many of you have contacted the District regarding the processing of specific applications. Others have also expressed concerns in regards to being pressured to submit an application. These parents were reluctant given they knew they would be deemed ineligible for the program or did not want to provide confidential information.  Staff assured parents this was their right and their decision would be respected.

I can assure you there has not been a punitive decision to withhold funding from LACES or any school.  I have heard your concerns and have directed staff to bring forth a viable plan for the processing of the 2013-2014 meal applications. 

It was also brought to my attention that some parents believe the school is being denied Hold Harmless funding.  Hold Harmless is one-time funding for schools falling below the poverty threshold for the first time.  Schools not meeting the threshold for a second consecutive year are no longer considered Hold Harmless and thus, ineligible for funding.

Adequate funding for schools is a priority which is why I endorse Governor Brown's Local Control Funding Initiative.  These funds will allow a school district to make local decisions on behalf of all students with greater flexibility.

  

Cordially,

Dr. John E. Deasy, Superintendent

Los Angeles Unified School District

Letter to
LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy
LAUSD Staff Paubla Gutierrez
LAUSD Staff Chris Torres
and 37 others
LAUSD Staff Mark Lomeli
LAUSD Staff Verline Moore
LAUSD Staff Francisco Canche
LAUSD Staff Arlene Irlando
LAUSD Staff Rosemary Duff
LAUSD Staff Juan Ramos
LAUSD Staff Vicki Phillips
LAUSD Staff Leann Jones
LAUSD Staff Jeannie Kamm
LAUSD Staff Kaycie Rosado
LAUSD Staff Nancy Gonzales
LAUSD Staff Matt Hill
LAUSD Staff Megan Reilly
LAUSD Staff Donna Muncey
LAUSD Staff Ddeborah Ernst
LAUSD Staff Sharon Robinson
LAUSD Staff Jenny Aguas
LAUSD Staff L. Sanchez
LAUSD Board Member District 3 Tamar Galatzan
LAUSD Board Member District 7 Richard Vladovic
LAUSD Board Member District 6 Nury Martinez
LAUSD Board Member District 5 Bennett Kayser
LAUSD Board Member District 4 Steve Zimmer
LAUSD Board President Monica Garcia
LAUSD Board Member District 1 marguerite.lamotte@lausd.net
LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy
LAUSD Staff Sharon Delugach
LAUSD Staff Celia Lopez
LAUSD Staff Sonia Reza
LAUSD Staff Ed Burke
LAUSD Staff Brandi Linton
LAUSD Staff David J Estrada
LAUSD Staff Juan C. Delacruz
LAUSD Staff Sarah Bradshaw
LAUSD Staff Cynthia Ronquillo
LAUSD Staff Claudia Vizcarra
LAUSD Staff Patricia Carranza
Thank you for your prompt reply and for sharing your thoughts concerning the allocation of Title 1 funding to LACES.  It’s apparent that we didn’t provide you with all the facts to enable you to make an informed decision.

We have written confirmation that the Food Services Division “scanned, batched and entered into the system on 10/3,” more than enough applications to qualify LACES for Title 1 funding.  For some unexplained reason, the district chose not to process 10 qualified applications from LACES parents prior to the deadline even though those applications were delivered and “entered into the system” on time.  As a result, LACES fell short of the 50% threshold.

Best practices have been a hallmark of your administration and we applaud your continued effort to get it right the first time but also recognize you have made corrections when the process fails to meet the high standards that you have set for yourself, your staff and their departments.

Should the 823 students, representing more than half the student population at LACES, who had their applications entered into the system on-time, be denied their fair share of Title 1 funding?  Of course not.  The parents followed the rules and sent their applications in on time, everything after that was beyond their control.  It was the responsibility of the departments who report to you to work together to determine the best way to process them in a timely manner that would meet the deadline.  Your departments fell far short of the mark on many levels. 

One department, the Food Services Division, believed that it had satisfied all the requirements.  By entering the applications in the system by 10/3, Food Services was working with the understanding that all of the “entered” applications would be part of the count for the allocation of Title 1 funding.  As a result, Food Services did not feel it was necessary to do anything else with the applications by the 10/3 deadline and if it had known of other requirements Food Services could have acted differently to satisfy the deadlines set by others. 

Whether it was a miscommunication between two LAUSD departments, or something else that fell short of best practices, we trust that will be part of your internal discussion and determination.  The fact is that the loss of Title 1 funding for LACES, affecting 823 children, was the sole result of a failure to adequately prepare for the influx of applications so that all the applications received on or before the submission deadline could be completely processed.

You have the authority and obligation to correct this error.  It’s not just about 10 applications.  There are 823 students at LACES who will suffer the consequences of this mistake.

We have presented the facts and we request that you allocate the rightful share of Title 1 funding to LACES.


Sincerely,

LACES Supporter

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ORIGINAL PETITION LETTER

RE: DISTRICT REFUSES TO RELEASE $300,000 2013-14 TITLE I FUNDS TO LACES

Greetings. We are LACES parents.

We are both saddened and outraged that our TITLE I funding will be cut for the 2013-14 year and that LACES has been categorized at 49.63% in the DISTRICT's TITLE I FY2013-14 Ranking. We know that the DISTRICT received LACES TITLE I applications in a timely fashion but for some unstated reason has refused to count 10 student applications in our total. If the DISTRICT would count these applications as required, LACES would, in fact, be four students above the 50% threshold. As a result of DISTRICT'S error, LACES is losing $300,000 in TITLE I funding and any Hold Harmless funding eligibility in 2014-15.

The DISTRICT acknowledges:

♦ LACES applications were filed on time;
♦ DISTRICT failed to process these applications when received prior to the deadline;
♦ LACES met and abided by eligibility deadline;
♦ LACES meets the TITLE I eligibility criteria; and
♦ DISTRICT is in error.

THE DISTRICT REFUSES TO ACCOUNT FOR ERROR,
CORRECT ITS MISTAKE AND RELEASE THESE FUNDS TO LACES

Losing our $300,000 TITLE I funds means no nurse, parent coordinator, math study groups, inadequate counseling support, etc.

We want our situation stated on the public record and urge the DISTRICT to correct this error. All LAUSD schools deserve adequate funding and support from the DISTRICT. LACES has the highest ranking API score for high schools in the DISTRICT and sends almost 100 percent of our graduates to college. Give us a break!!!! Why has this seemingly punitive action been taken against us? We try to do everything right and yet we face this reprehensible situation with the DISTRICT providing no remedy.

Like all LAUSD families and employees, we at LACES spend countless hours working to provide our children a better future, fundraising, and volunteering to make our schools work in spite of six years of continual cutbacks we have all faced in LAUSD. We follow the rules, vote, and pay our taxes. We are at a loss when faced with this inexplicable and unjustifiable situation. At your request, we all worked hard to pass Proposition 30, walking precincts, making phone calls, handing out literature, etc. to improve funding in our schools. We need the DISTRICT to keep its end of the bargain. LACES is legally and ethically entitled to and eligible for these TITLE I funds. Please correct this error and provide us access to these funds.

LACES stands together with all schools in the 40-50% TITLE I FY2013-14 ranking and wants you to find a way to restore their funds as well when you address budget matters this week. However, LACES' true ranking is greater than 50% in the TITLE I FY2013-14 category but for the DISTRICT's error.

We are proud LAUSD and LACES parents. However, we are deeply dismayed and angry that LACES has been treated so unfairly by the DISTRICT when this error is so glaring and indefensible.

PLEASE CORRECT ERROR AND RESTORE LACES $300,000 TITLE I FUNDS


Thank you.