L.A. schools fall short on safety measures, new report warns

After the mass shooting at Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in February, Los Angeles school officials reassured parents that much had been done to keep local schools safe. California had tougher gun laws, after all, and the school district paid close attention to students’ mental health.

But a new report issued Monday by a panel convened to take a close look offers some cause for concern, flagging inconsistent campus safety measures, thinly spread mental health staff and inadequate coordination between the school district and other public agencies.

“With the stakes this high, we must strive to do better,” said L.A. City Atty. Mike Feuer, who assembled the panel.

The 21-member group was organized soon after the shooting that killed 17 in Parkland, Fla. It took a wide-ranging look at safety efforts on and off campus, including gun control, more secure routes to and from school, and work to unify law enforcement approaches in neighborhoods. Click here to read more: http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-edu-los-angeles-schools-at-risk-20180806-story.html#nws=mcnewsletter