MAKE LAUSD SCHOOL BOARD MEETINGS ACCESSIBLE

MAKE LAUSD SCHOOL BOARD MEETINGS ACCESSIBLE

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PUBLIC SCHOOL FAMILIES started this petition to Los Angeles School Board

We demand that the LAUSD school board schedule meetings on evenings and weekends, provide overflow space with a remote feed to attendees, and resolve to adopt other innovative ideas to bring parent involvement and community participation into the digital age; including providing an ASL interpreter so that our deaf parents and stakeholders can stay informed. Rather than being held downtown, board meetings should rotate between the seven districts, allowing greater access for all of our stakeholders. Ideally, childcare should be provided.

The recent teachers’ strike made it clear that parents and community stakeholders are more activated than ever about public education. Stakeholders have been shut out for too long. Particularly in light of Superintendent Beutner’s plans to break up the district without any public review or approvals, we demand real transparency and accessibility to school board meetings. Sweeping decisions of this kind should only be made with extensive public input.

Thanks to the Brown Act, by law, public meetings of school boards in the state of California must be accessible to the public for attendance and comment. Meetings held during daytime working hours are almost impossible to attend for most parents and community stakeholders. Lengthy waits of several hours to enter a too-small room, as well as meetings that can extend all day or last until midnight, are also a barrier to participation. Access and participation shouldn’t be so hard.

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