LAUSD passes controversial deaf education plan despite strong opposition

Cheers rang out and hands waved in celebration as the Los Angeles Unified School Board voted unanimously to support a controversial overhaul of the district’s deaf education program late Tuesday evening.

“We are trying to say to all deaf and hard-of-hearing children and their families that we must move mountains to make sure that their needs are addressed,” said the resolution’s sponsor, board member Jackie Goldberg, who cast her “yes” vote in American Sign Language.

“We must not miss a critical window in the years before kindergarten to promote acquiring language, whether it’s spoken, signed or both.”

The vote capped weeks of controversy and close to three hours of public debate over Resolution 029-21/22, which will create a new deaf and hard-of-hearing education department within the district’s special education program. Click here to read more: