LAUSD board hears arguments for and against cuts in police department

Activists supporting the Black Lives Matter movement took their arguments once again to the Los Angeles Unified School District on Tuesday, June 30, urging board members to “defund” the school district’s independent law enforcement agency.

This time, the proposal aimed to slash funding for the district’s police force by 50%. The board had not taken a vote on the matter as of about 6 p.m. Tuesday, following hours of public testimony on the police issue.

Board members were deeply divided on a similar proposal last week that offered a variety of options that ranged from eliminating the department altogether to cutting funding by about 25%.

The discussion Tuesday centered around an amendment proposed by Board Member Monica Garcia to cut in half the Los Angeles School Police Department’s $70 million budget. The amendment was debated during a public hearing to pass the district’s $7.7 billion budget. Click here to read more: