Dr. Judith Perez, AALA President, made the following comments at the meeting of the Board of Education on March 13, 2012, during which the approval of the District’s Second Interim Budget was a major agenda item.
The Superintendent has repeatedly stated that the District’s top funding priority is teaching and learning at K-12 sites. I would like to remind you that LAUSD is a Pre-K through adult school district. I am here, first of all, to urge you to reconsider the 2012-2013 categorical allocations sent to principals on March 1, which effectively cut 30% or more of their funding. The memo stated that because resources are needed to fund the Office of Civil Rights Voluntary Agreement, Teaching and Learning Initiative and implementation of the Common Core State Standards and Assessments, some categorical allocations to schools would be cut.