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    The Local Control Funding Formula Does Not Balance


    The LAUSD claims that the Local Control Funding Formula will bring “Equality” and “Justice,” but the numbers are not adding up.
    By Carl Petersen
    Earlier this evening I presented the following statement to the sitting Board of Education of the LAUSD in response to the first draft of the LAUSD’s Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP):


    My name is Carl Petersen and I am a father of five. Two of these children are currently enrolled in district run schools.


    The district’s LCAP has the commendable goal of providing “Equality” and “Justice.” Unfortunately, it is doing so in a way that is increasing divisions within our district. Under the first draft, some schools are actually going to lose funding. This is an unacceptable situation and is creating anger in the affected communities.


    At Tamar Galatzan’s town hall meeting last week, there seemed to be a lot of scapegoating for these cuts. Some wanted to blame the money that we spend on special education. The district’s Chief Strategy Officer took issue with the way that the district receives funds from the state and federal governments. Ms. Galatzan sided with those that laid blame at the feet of Title I schools and displayed particular disdain for Ms. Garcia and Dr. Vladovic’s “Equity is Justice” resolution.


    The American Dream is based on giving all of our citizens an equal opportunity for success. This requires that we allocate resources to helping children take a step up from their disadvantaged backgrounds. However, doing so should not mean disabling education opportunities for other students. ALL students deserve to attend schools with librarians, school nurses and toilet paper in the bathroom. Instead of pitting one group of students against another we should be doing more with the resources that we have. This requires practicing fiscal responsibility in our budgeting process.


    Too often this Board seems to forget the lesson in fostering fiscal responsibility that requires us to ask “do you want or do you need?” If our corporate provider of standardized tests requires the district to purchase iPads for all students in order to take those tests, perhaps we need to find a new provider. Maybe we should ask if that test even contributes to the education mission of the district.


    In preparing for my run in next year’s election for the District 3 seat, I have spoken to a lot of parents, teachers and other community members. They are tired of this Board’s refusal to act on their concerns and the way they often stand in the way of progress. This failure can be seen in the explosion of charter schools throughout District 3. We can start to turn this around by changing the LCAP so that it actually does add up to “Equality and Justice.”
    I am running for the District 3 seat on the LAUSD School Board.
    You can follow my campaign at https://www.facebook.com/groups/ChangeTheLAUSD/ or on https://twitter.com/ChangeTheLAUSD.
    I welcome your personal correspondence at changethelausd@gmail.com.

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