LAUSD Assigns Millions In Funding For ‘Green Schoolyards’

A years-long pandemic. A youth mental health crisis. School shootings. Kids and schools have a lot to deal with these days. Worsening extreme heat is yet another challenge to add to the list.

Last week, the board of the L.A. Unified School District (LAUSD) approved a $13 billion-dollar operating budget that includes funding to help.

Some $58 million of those funds are slated to go towards outdoor education initiatives, as well as adding more green space to L.A.’s famously asphalt-heavy schoolyards — something advocates say is a long time coming.

“When we think about the places that we have created for students, which are schoolyards that are completely covered in asphalt…that’s not conducive to creating an environment that is healthy for kids to learn and thrive,” said Robin Mark,the L.A. director for the nonprofit Trust for Public Land, which for years has worked with a coalition of community organizations to get more green space at L.A. schools. Click here to read more: