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    Resolutions

     
     
    Use the list below to browse and download copies of Steve's sponsored and co-sponsored resolutions in chronological order, beginning with the most recent. Please contact Jacque Robinson, our Policy Director, with any questions regarding the resolutions. 
     
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  • Proposition 51, Kindergarten through Community College Public Education Facilities Bond Act of 2016

    September 20, 2016 - Whereas, Proposition 98 and the new Local Control Funding Formula are intended to improve educational achievement for all students but do not provide dedicated facilities funding; Whereas, Quality 21st Century school facilities designed for student needs of today and tomorrow enhance academic achievement goals; Whereas, The Kindergarten through Community College Public Education Facilities Bond Act of 2016 will provide State matching funds; Whereas, The California School Boards Association supports the Kindergarten through Community College Public Education Facilities Bond Act of 2016; now, therefore, be it Resolved, That the Governing Board of the Los Angeles Unified School District supports the Kindergarten through Community College Public Education Facilities Bond Act of 2016 and directs the Superintendent to convey this support to the Los Angeles delegation of state and federal elected officials.

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  • Proposition 58: LEARN (Language Education, Acquisition and Readiness Now)

    August 23, 2016 - Whereas, Proposition 58: LEARN (Language Education, Acquisition and Readiness Now) repeals the onerous English Learner parent waiver requirement and the English-only presumptive placement of English Learners; Whereas, Proposition 58: LEARN (Language Education, Acquisition and Readiness Now) also re-affirms English proficiency standards and promotes English as the official language in California; and
    Whereas, Proposition 58: LEARN (Language Education, Acquisition and Readiness Now) emphasizes preparing all students for college and careers ina multilingual 21st century economy; now, therefore, be it Resolved, That the Governing Board of the Los Angeles Unified District reaffirms its commitment to the ideals of preparing all students for college and careers in a multilingual 21st century that are embedded in Proposition 58: LEARN (Language Education, Acquisition and Readiness Now) and expresses its strong support for the Proposition.

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  • Affordable Housing and Labor Standards Initiative Measure JJJ (Res-033-16/17)

    September 20, 2016 - Resolved, That the Governing Board of the Los Angeles Unified School District joins renters, housing advocates and workers across the region in supporting the Affordable Housing and Labor Standards Initiative, also known as Measure JJJ.

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  • Exploring Partnership with City of Los Angeles on College Savings Accounts for LAUSD Students

    August 23, 2016 - Resolved, That the Governing Board of the Los Angeles Unified School District supports the effort to begin exploration of a cost-neutral to the District partnership with the City of Los Angeles to expand the Los Angeles College Promise proposal to provide a college savings account for every District student, increase financial literacy among District students, and ensure college tuition is not a barrier for student access to college;...

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  • Identifying Campuses as Safe Zones and Resource Centers for Students and Families Threatened by ICE

    February 2016 - Whereas, There is no written state or federal law that mandates that local districts assist
    ICE in the enforcement of immigration laws; Resolved, That the Governing Board of the Los Angeles Unified School District hereby
    restates its position that Congress act NOW to enact humane comprehensive immigration reform;
    Resolved further, The Board declares that any school every Los Angeles Unified School District site is a safe place fo its students and their families to seek help, assistance, information, and safety if faced with fear and anxiety about related immigration enforcement efforts;

    Resolved further, that the Superintendent shall establish all K-12, early ed centers, adult schools, and parent centers be established as resource and information sites for students and their families, and that the Board encourages the Superintendent to increase and enhance partnerships with community-based organizations and legal services organizations who provide resources for families facing deportation and that a rapid
    response network be created to assist children whose family members have been detained,

    Resolved further, In order to provide a public education, regardless of child or family’s immigration status, absent any applicable federal, state, or local law, regulation, ordinance or court decision, the District shall abide by the following conduct:
    1. District personnel shall treat all students equitable in the receipt of all school
    services, including but, not limited to, the free and reduced lunch program,
    transportation, and educational instruction;
    2. District personnel shall not inquire about a student’s immigration status,
    including that of family members;
    3. Any request by ICE for data information or to visit access a school site
    shall be immediately forwarded to the Superintendent and General Counsel
    for review and a decision on whether to allow access to the site, and/or the
    information to ensure District compliance with Plyler and other applicable
    laws;

    Resolved further, That the Superintendent shall ensure all teachers, school administrators, and other staff will be trained on how to implement this policy and notification in multiple languages be distributed to families to fully inform them of their rights in the
    District;

    Resolved further, that the Superintendent shall prepare an implementation plan defining partnerships with community organizations and training and support for school site employees to ensure rapid response and effective coordination and report back to the Board in 90 days, and be it finally Resolved, The Board instructs the Superintendent and the Office of Legislative Affairs to
    forward a copy of this resolution to the Los Angeles delegation members of Congress.

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  • Studying the Impact of Academic Ineligibility on Student-Athletes in LAUSD Schools (Res- 074-14/15)

    May 12, 2015- Whereas, There is not research immediately available to determine whether a 2.0 GPA eligibility and optional probationary period is the most effective and equitable policy to encourage student-athletes to maintain strong academic performance, to meet the Los
    Angeles Unified School District’s goals for graduation rates, and to maintain race and gender equity in California interscholastic competition; now, therefore, be it Resolved, That the Superintendent authorize a study, performed either by the District or an outside party, examining the impact of the 2.0 grade GPA requirement on student athletes in the Los Angeles Unified School District, and that that study should include,
    but not be limited to: 1. Data analysis of demographics of students who become academically ineligible; 2. Analysis of attendance rates for student athletes before and after ineligibility; 3. Analysis of academic performance for student athletes before and after
    ineligibility; 4. Analysis of trends in expulsion/suspension incidents before and after ineligibility; 5. Analysis of whether or not the ‘probationary period’ provides adequate intervention for students at risk of ineligibility; 6. Comprehensive review of literature research related to alternative programs statewide and nationally; 7. A review and study of the effectiveness of the existing athletic intervention programs in the District and comparable CIF districts; Resolved further, That the Superintendent report back to the Governing Board of the Los Angeles Unified School District with recommendations for any policy or programchanges by June 2016; and, be it finally Resolved, That the Superintendent report to the Board regarding the relationship between District policy recommendations and CIF guidelines and regulations.

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  • Close the Commercial Property Loophole

    May 12, 2015 - Whereas, Voters in the state of California approved Proposition 13 in 1978;...Whereas, Proposition 13 created limits on the property taxes paid by residential and commercial properties; ... Whereas, Property taxes represent the single largest source of funding for public schools; Whereas, Regularly reassessing commercial property would, according to an analysis of data provided by researchers at the USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity, generate $9 billion annually for California and $2.9 billion for Los Angeles in additional revenue for public schools and other public services by 2019-20; now, therefore, be it Resolved, That the Governing Board of the Los Angeles Unified School District supports efforts to modify how the value of commercial properties in California are reassessed to allow for more regular and fair reassessment of commercial property value to market value while protecting small business while maintaining Proposition 13 protections for residential properties including homeowners and renters; Resolved further, That tax revenues generated by modernizing how commercial property is reassessed benefit local schools and essential social services, and, be it finally Resolved, That the Los Angeles Unified School District supports this effort and will communicate this position to local elected officials including members of the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors, the Los Angeles City Council, as well as Senators, and Assembly members.

     

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  • Believing in Our Schools Again: Investing in Enrollment Growth for LAUSD 2015

    May 12, 2015 - Whereas, Enrollment decline has now been identified as the number one factor causing the Los Angeles Unified School District’s structural budget deficit;... Resolved, That the Governing Board of the Los Angeles Unified School District declares reversing the declining enrollment trend as a primary priority for the District; and, be it finally Resolved, That the Superintendent, in collaboration with our labor partners, research institutions and experts in the field, shall develop a comprehensive enrollment expansion plan and submit it to the Board for action at the December 2015 Regular Board meeting.

     

     

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  • Commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide of 1915

    April 14, 2015: Resolved, That the Governing Board of the Los Angeles Unified School District hereby designates 2015, as the “Year of Commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide of 1915” and the month of April of every year thereafter as the month of “Commemoration of the Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide of 1915”, and in doing so will ensure that the Armenian Genocide is properly taught to the students, staff, and the community at large; and, be it finally Resolved, That the Los Angeles Unified School District reaffirms its commitment to working with the community groups, nonprofit organizations and school personnel to ensure that genocide studies remains an important part of the high school social studies curriculum.

     

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  • Support of Compliance with Fair Labor Practices for Agricultural Vendors (Substitute Motion)

    February 10, 2015 - The Board of LAUSD adopted the Good Food Procurement resolution that includes guidelines for providing safe and healthy working conditions and fair working conditions for all food chain workers and producers from production to consumption.  In 2013, Gerawan Farming works appealed to a California law allowing neutral state-appointed mediators to decide union contracts when employers refused to sign them. and the State Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB) ordered the contracts to take immediate effect. Gerawan refused to implement the state-issued contract that could have meant owing 5,000 workers millions of dollars and violation of  several serious labor laws. The Board of LAUSD calls upon Gerawan Farming to comply with all state and federal labor laws as well as implement the neutral mediator and the State of California agreement. Procurement Services Division is asked to  report back to the Board with Gerawan Farming’s update of its compliance with fair labor practices.
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  • Investing Strategically in Expanding Pre-K-12 Dual Language Instructional Pathways

    January 10, 2015 - Whereas, The Governing Board of the Los Angeles Unified School District approved the resolution “Commitment to Prepare Students for a Multilingual Global Economy” on February 12, 2013;...Whereas, This resolution called for the creation of a committee tasked with identifying the resources needed to grow enrollment in dual language programs;...Resolved, That the Governing Board of the Los Angeles Unified School District directs the Superintendent to prepare a strategic investment plan to address the short-, mid- and long-term goals of creating Pre-K-12 dual immersion instructional pathways in the District, as per the recommendations of the committee; and, be it finally Resolved, That the Board requests the Superintendent report back on this plan by the March 2015 meeting of the Board or the March 2015 meeting of the Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment committee.
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  • Implementing the Resolution to Promote Healthy Relationships and Prevent Teen Dating Violence

    December 9, 2014- Teen violence, sexual assault and other forms of gender-based violence are serious issues throughout Los Angeles. The district is already working to improve school climate with programs at various middle and high-schools. The Governing Board directs the Superintendent to report to the board on a funding and implementation plan that includes for the short term and long term sustainability for the programs identified in the resolution.
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  • Good Food Procurement

    December 9, 2014- Los Angeles Unified School District procures over 4100 million annually in food and food supplies. In 2012, the District adopted the Good Food Procurement resolution which supports local farmers and the local economy. This resolution reaffirms the District’s commitment to the values of: Local Economies, Environmental Sustainability, Valued Workforce, Animal Welfare and Nutritional. It also directs the Superintendent to report to the board annually on the implementation progress of the Good Food Procurement resolution (2012).

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  • Developing Tomorrow’s Teachers through Expanding the Paraeducator Career Ladder

    December 9, 2014- Enrollment in teacher preparation programs statewide has been decreasing which mirrored in Los Angeles Unified School District has led to a shortage of teachers from the community. The District Career Ladder program has contributed over 3,000 participants to the ranks of K-12 teachers since 1995. The Governing Board directs the Superintendent to develop an investment plan that would expand on the existing Career Ladder program. Such expansion includes the creating of a Paraeducator Career Ladder Steering Committee, applying for grant funding, and development of a multi-year implementation and sustainability plan for paraeducators.

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  • Resolution in Support of Increasing the Minimum Wage in Los Angeles to Reduce Impact of Poverty

    November 18, 2014- Over 75% of Los Angeles Unified School District students and their families are living in poverty. These students have higher rates of absenteeism and greater risk of dropping out while their families are unable to afford educational resources that prepare their children for school. Increasing minimum wage is one of the most effective ways to combat poverty and be able to stabilize many families and/or communities. The Board of LAUSD supports increasing the citywide minimum wage and encourages for other cities in the County to do the same.Therefore, the Governing Board of LAUSD recommends that the citywide minimum wage be increased and it supports Mayor Garcetti’s proposal to increase the minimum wage to $13.25 by the year 2017.

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  • Elevating the School Report Card for the 2014 - 15 School Year and Beyond

    June 10, 2014-- LAUSD  seeks to provide the most accurate information about schools to parents, families, and school communities.
     The Academic Performance Index (API) is based almost entirely on the California Standards Test (CST) which was last administered district-wide in the Spring of 2013 and will not be administered district wide in the future.
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  • Supporting the Campaign for Biliteracy for All

     
    May 20, 2014 --  LAUSD  has been a leader in the development of dual language
    programs, which provide important opportunities for students to achieve academic proficiency in two or more languages.
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  • Supporting Senate Bill 1174: To Ensure Students Access to Biliteracy

    May 13, 2014 --
     On the statewide primary election of June 2, 1998 California voters approved Proposition 227 which severely restricted the use of primary language for instructing English Learners. In 2006 the California Dept. of Education contracted with the American Institutes of Research and West Ed to conduct a five year legislatively mandated evaluation of the effects of Proposition 227. This study found that Proposition 227 had not helped substantially in improving English Learner reclassification, integration, or academic performance.
    The program requirements of Proposition 227 do not reflect the current ‘state of the art’ evidence based programs that develop student’s biliteracy and bilingualism and are the most effective for long term academic success and for closing the achievement gap. A large body of research has demonstrated the cognitive benefits and increase in academic performance of students in dual and tri-immersion programs.
     
     
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  • Support LAUSD Families by Supporting A Living Wage Increase For Hotel Workers in the City of LA

     April 8, 2014--  Income inequality is one of them of the most pressing economic, social, and civil rights issues facing Los Angeles and establishing a fair wage for hotel employees will help raise thousands of Angelenos out of poverty.
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  • Water Conservation and Drought Awareness

    April 8, 2014-- Because exceptional drought covers 9 percent of the State of California, this resolutions directs the Superintendent to: report back on the status of water conservation efforts in our schools, designate one week in October as "Drought Awareness Week" to teach students the importance of water resource conservation, and to partner with local agencies in making drought awareness campaigns so the Board can ultimately create and implement a plan and budget concerning water usage. 
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  • Representation for Board District 1

    January 14, 2014--  This resolution determined that the Los Angeles Unified School District’s Board of Education would appoint an interim representative to serve as the voice of Board District 1 from March 10, 2014 to July 1, 2014.  An Ad-Hoc Committee led by Steve Zimmer was also created in order to establish an application process and outline job responsibilities for the position, all while receiving input from the community in order to make a recommendation to the Board as to who should serve as the interim representative. 
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  • Resolution to Establish Affordable Care Act Awareness Week

    November 12, 2013--  In March 2010, President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law, reaffirming that access to quality, affordable health care is a civil and human right. This resolution established the Governing Board’s support of the passage of the Affordable Care Act, recognizing the benefits the law would bring to the District’s students and families, many of who have suffered due to being un-insured or under-insured. Because The Board supports the work of Covered California and the Student Health and Human Services division, it has designated the week of November 18, 2013 as ACA awareness week and specifically November 20, 2013 as a District-wide Covered California Outreach, Education, and Enrollment Day in order to support families as they enroll in health insurance. 
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  • Arts at the Core: Implementing the Arts Education and Creative Network Plan

    September 10, 2013--  On October 9, 2012, the Governing Board of the Los Angeles Unified School District adopted the Arts at the Core Resolution, emphasizing the need to create equity in arts education. The Superintendent was tasked with creating the Arts Education and Creative Network Plan that integrated the Common Core State Standards within arts instruction. This follow-up resolution commended the improvements made by the District, but also recognized the work that still needed to be done to ensure arts education is a right for every student. Thus, the Superintendent was tasked with communicating the appropriate and legal use of categorical grants, including Title I, to school stakeholders, creating a plan that aligned arts education with the implementation of Common Core State Standards and the Local Control Funding Formula, promoting transparency through the dissemination of data and other information as the District strived to create equitable access to arts instruction, and suggesting potential ways funding for arts education could be increased in the 2014-15 school-year. 
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  • Impacts of Proposition 39

    September 10, 2013 --  As a result of Education Code section 47614 (“Proposition 39”) and the increased number of charter schools requesting facilities, the Los Angeles Unified School District had been forced to spend significant costs and dislocate many vital educational programs in traditional schools in order to avoid the unsafe and unacceptable conditions of the past, all while complying with Proposition 39.  This resolution encouraged the Superintendent to work with the Office of Government Relations and engage other government entities to review and analyze Proposition 39 for points of clarification and potential amendments in order to put an end to the burdens LAUSD students face as a result of the unfair sharing of school facilities. The Governing Board also asked of the Superintendent to create a Colocation Working Group that consisted of LAUSD principals sharing campuses, charter principals, and other individuals in order to find ways to improve the colocation experience for all public school students. 
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  • Parent Initiated School Transformation

    June 18, 2013--This resolution directed the Superintendent to develop and establish clear guidelines regarding the process of parent triggered school transformations. The goal of the proposed guidelines are to ensure honest and meaningful participation from all parents and legal guardians.
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