LAUSD To Parents: Better Student Attendance Would Save Millions

Highlights of Dec. 5 LAUSD Board Meeting:

·  The Board discussed ways to improve student attendance and the history of District Required Language for charter school petitions.

·  Nine charter schools were renewed: Citizens of the World-Mar Vista, Crenshaw Arts Technology Charter High, Extera Public School No. 2, High Tech LA, Metro Charter, PREPA TEC – Los Angeles, Stella Middle Charter Academy, Valor Academy High, ICEF View Park Preparatory High

·  Two new charters were approved: Rise Kohyang Elementary and Valley International Preparatory High

·  Executive Preparatory Academy of Finance had its renewal denied because of academic performance and financial issues, and the new charter petition for Acumen Academy Charter was also denied. One new school, iLEAD Encino, pulled its petition in hopes of changing the staff denial recommendation to approve.

Analysis:

There’s one easy way parents can lift student achievement and help solve LAUSD’s financial crisis: Send your kids to school. If every child attended just one more day of school per year, LAUSD would have approximately $30 million more to invest in classrooms, according to a report from an Advisory Task Force of Los Angeles leaders presented at the LAUSD Board meeting Tuesday.

Because districts (and independent charter schools) receive funding based on the number of children who actually show up to school each day, student attendance really matters – and not only for the learning of the child attending.

A broad-based campaign to spread that message to parents and community members was one of the main recommendations of an Advisory Task Force made up of prominent Los Angeles leaders, including three who presented to the Board Tuesday: former Publisher and CEO of the Los Angeles Times Austin Beutner, former Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Greuel and LA84 Foundation President and CEO Renata Simril.

Chronic absenteeism is a huge problem for LAUSD. In 2016–2017, more than 80,000 LAUSD students — 14.3 percent — were chronically absent, which is defined as missing at least 15 days. If you count the number of students missing 8-14 days, the percentage rises to almost one-third of LAUSD students missing significant amounts of school. Click here to read more: http://speakupparents.org/speakup-board-watch-take-action/2017/12/6/lausd-to-parents-better-student-attendance-would-save-millions