Supporting AB 1725 Funding for After School Programs

Sponsored by Vice President Melvoin

Cosponsored by President Garcia

Passed 3/19/19

The LA Unified Board of Education voted unanimously to approve Vice President Nick Melvoin’s resolution in support of California Assembly Bill (AB) 1725, which seeks to increase state funding to maintain many of the vital after school programs serving LA’s students.

Introduced by Assembly Member Wendy Carrillo (D-Los Angeles), AB 1725 would increase appropriations for the state’s After School Education and Safety program, approved by a 2002 ballot measure aiming to provide students in low-income communities with access to safe, enriching after school programs that offer academic and recreational activities.

“Our kids’ learning doesn’t stop after the last school bell rings,” Melvoin said. “I’m grateful that LA Unified has so many partners in this work so that we can continue to provide the enrichment that our students need to grow, learn new skills, and expand their educational opportunities.”


Strategic Planning for Adequate Funding of Public Education in Los Angeles

Sponsored by Board Member Schmerelson

Cosponsored by Vice President Melvoin, Dr. McKenna, and Ms. Gonez

Passed 1/8/19

Facing fiscal pressures caused by the under-funding of California’s public schools, the Board of Education took steps Tuesday to boost revenue for Los Angeles Unified, directing the superintendent to create a three-year “enterprise plan” to bring in more money.

The resolution notes that Los Angeles Unified faces a structural budget deficit that requires the district to cut costs and generate additional revenue. Their resolution sets a March 18 deadline for creating a plan that could include parcel tax and school bond measures, as well as strategies for increasing enrollment.

“This Board has long called for an increase in education investments through numerous resolutions and ongoing advocacy efforts in both Sacramento and Washington, D.C.,” Mr. Melvoin said. “Today, we strengthened our commitment to generate more revenue for our schools, so we can put more money into classrooms where it belongs.”


Supporting Our Classified Employees with Summer Assistance Program

Sponsored by Board Member Schmerelson

Cosponsored by Vice President Melvoin, President Garcia, Dr. McKenna, and Ms. Gonez

Passed 12/17/18

The Board of the Los Angeles Unified voted in support of District participation in the AB 1808 Classified School Employee Summer Assistance Program and to notify all District classified employees that the District has elected to participate in the program for next year.

The 2018–19 Budget package signed into law in June 2018, provides $50 million in one-time funding for the Classified School Employee Summer Assistance Program (CSESAP). The California Department of Education (CDE) will apportion funds to participating local educational agencies (LEAs), including school districts like LA Unified, in August 2020, to provide up to a dollar for dollar match on amounts withheld from the LEAs participating classified school employees’ monthly pay checks during the 2019–20 school year.


Creating a Village by Investing in School Communities

Sponsored by President Garcia

Cosponsored by Vice President Melvoin and Ms. Gonez

Passed 12/11/18

Concerned about the critical shortage of affordable housing in Southern California, the Board of Education voted unanimously Tuesday to study strategies for easing the housing crunch for struggling Los Angeles Unified families and employees.

The resolution sponsored by Board President Mónica García, Board Vice President Nick Melvoin and Board Member Kelly Gonez directs Superintendent Austin Beutner to report back within 180 days on strategies for increasing the supply of affordable housing.

“When many of our employees are not able to afford homes in the city where they work and we are barely able to afford the 6 percent raises we are offering, it’s clear that our employees deserve more,” Board Vice President Melvoin said. “I am glad to support more affordable housing projects to offer another avenue through which we can help our employees with the rising cost of living in Los Angeles.”


Increasing Opportunities and Supports for Our Homeless Students and Families

Sponsored by Board Member Gonez

Cosponsored by Vice President Melvoin and President Garcia

Passed 11/13/18

The Los Angeles Unified Board of Education approved Board Member Kelly Gonez’s resolution to find new ways to support homeless students and families. A forthcoming report will look at the feasibility of opening up district parking lots and gyms for overnight shelter and converting existing facilities for housing for homeless students. It also calls for revisiting the existing Homeless Education Program to improve its effectiveness. The resolution was cosponsored by Board President Mónica García and Board Vice President Nick Melvoin.

“When our kids come to school, we want them to learn,” said Board Vice President Nick Melvoin. “But when more than 16,000 students are experiencing homelessness in L.A. Unified, they come to school saddled with worries about where their next meal will come from or where they might sleep that night, we know it becomes immeasurably difficult to focus on learning. We all have a part to play in facilitating a brighter future for these students, and we want to support the City and County efforts to provide more stable and safe sheltering options so that our kids can focus on learning.”our community matters."


Ensuring a Complete Count of Los Angeles Unified School District Communities, Families, and Students in the 2020 Census

Sponsored by President Garcia

Cosponsored by Vice President Melvoin and Ms. Gonez

Passed 10/2/18

Concerned that a potential undercount in the 2020 Census could impact the L.A. Unified community, the Board of Education voted unanimously to create a plan to help educate and encourage families to participate in the national population count.

"The census is not only foundational to representative democracy but also critical to our District’s future,” said Board Vice President Nick Melvoin, a co-sponsor of the measure. “The census count determines how much Title 1 funding we get for high-need schools and professional development, as well as how many representatives our communities will have fighting for them locally and nationally. That is why it’s imperative that everyone in our diverse community is counted – and that any attempts to undermine that count are vigorously challenged. I am proud that we joined a lawsuit fighting the Trump Administration’s unnecessary decision to add a question about citizenship to the census and that we unanimously passed this resolution reaffirming a commitment that everyone in our community matters."


Equal Voter Registration Access for All through Celebrating National Voter Registration Day

Sponsored by Vice President Melvoin

Cosponsored by President Garcia and Ms. Gonez

Passed 9/21/18

The L.A. Unified Board of Education voted unanimously to approve Board Vice President Nick Melvoin’s resolution to encourage civic engagement as part of High School Voter Education Week and in recognition of LAUSD High School Voter Registration Day.

Efforts will be made in coordination with City of Los Angeles, the California Secretary of State, Los Angeles County as appropriate, and each school site to ensure that voter registration activities will occur on every high school and adult school campus and at parent centers during High School Voter Education Week.

The resolution also encouraged schools to offer opportunities for students to engage in service learning projects geared towards voter registration, voter contact, and poll worker programs between now and November 6, 2018.


Put Kids First by Keeping Families Together

Sponsored by Vice President Melvoin

Cosponsored by President Garcia, Ms. Gonez, and Dr. Rodriguez

Passed 7/10/18

The L.A. Unified Board of Education voted unanimously to approve Board Vice President Nick Melvoin’s resolution. In addition to condemning the Trump administration’s atrocious policy of separating families at the border and its harmful impact to kids, the resolution ensures that L.A. Unified will be prepared to embrace and fully support any children that may come to our schools in the wake of the humanitarian crisis caused by these policies, especially in light of recent alarming news that the Trump administration considers placing these children into foster care as a conceivable form of “family reunification.”

 “We have to rise to the call of protecting all kids,” Melvoin said of the impetus of this resolution. “That is our duty as educators, as Americans, and as humans – when the current administration acts without any shred of humanity.”

 


Increasing Support for LGBTQ+ Students

Sponsored by Dr. Rodriguez

Cosponsored by President Garcia, Vice President Melvoin, Dr. Vladovic, Ms. Gonez, Dr. McKenna, & Mr. Schmerelson

Passed 6/19/18

The L.A. Unified Board of Education unanimously voted to support Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ+) students, families and schools. Board Member Dr. Ref Rodríguez authored the resolution after listening to concerns and recommendations from the LGBTQA Youth Council of the Latino Equality Alliance, and the entire school board co-sponsored the resolution, including student member Benjamin Holtzman.

Speaking about the resolution, Melvoin said, “I am proud to co-sponsor this resolution and affirm that this Board, as an ally of the LGBTQ+ community, will ensure that our schools are instilled with the spirit of inclusivity and compassion that every person, in L.A. Unified and around the world, deserves.”

 


Creating Children's College Savings Accounts

Sponsored by Vice President Melvoin

Cosponsored by President Garcia & Ms. Gonez

Passed 6/19/18

The L.A. Unified Board of Education voted unanimously to approve a resolution, authored in partnership with L.A. City Councilmember David Ryu, calling for the pursuit of a College Savings Account for every public school first grader at no cost. These accounts, through savings incentives and matching fund programs, can empower students to set their sights on college from an early age. This program would provide accounts without requiring a social security number or parent bank account.

 


Free SAT for LAUSD Students

Sponsored by Ms. Gonez

Cosponsored by Vice President Melvoin

Passed 6/19/18

The L.A. Unified Board of Education voted unanimously to remove a significant barrier to college access for Los Angeles public school students by offering the SAT or ACT for free to every high school junior in L.A. Unified during school hours, expanding on a successful pilot from Local District South that nearly doubled the percentage of students who sat for the college entrance exam. It also calls for the Superintendent to find ways to boost linked learning and career pathways education.

 


Supporting Legislation to Generate Revenue for Local Schools

Sponsored by Vice President Melvoin

Cosponsored by  President Garcia, Ms. Gonez

Passed 5/8/18

The Los Angeles Board of Education voted unanimously to support the passage and adoption of Senate Constitutional Amendment 22. The measure would lower the threshold for the voter-approved passage of local parcel taxes from a two-thirds majority to 55 percent, which could improve the District’s ability to generate additional revenue needed for a high-quality education, including STEAM education, special education and support for teachers.

Voicing his support for the resolution, Melvoin said, “Even as the fifth-largest economy in the world, California still ranks near the bottom in per-pupil funding – and our kids deserve more. If education funding remains at the status quo instead of becoming a state budget priority, our next generation will no longer be able to lead the world in terms of innovation, job creation, and economic output. We are looking to leaders in Sacramento to pass SCA 22, AB 2808, and AB 2731 so that L.A. Unified can prepare our students today for the jobs of tomorrow.”   

    


Advocating for Full and Equitable Public Education Funding

Sponsored by Ms. Gonez

Cosponsored by Vice President Melvoin, Mr. Schmelerson

Passed 5/8/18

The Los Angeles Board of Education unanimously voted unanimously to endorse legislation that could generate additional revenue for local schools, as part of a larger effort to advance the full and fair funding of public education. The resolution supports two bills designed to generate more money for public schools in California, which has one of the nation’s lowest per-pupil funding levels.

When the resolution passed, Melvoin said, “the Board took a necessary first step toward measuring achievement and identifying the challenges and obstacles that we need to address to give every child in Los Angeles the opportunity to learn and the tools to succeed. We know that we can do better, so let’s start now.”

 


A New Generation of Leaders for LA, California, and the Nation

Sponsored by President Garcia

Cosponsored by Vice President Melvoin, Ms. Gonez, Student Board Member Holtzman

Passed 5/8/18

The L.A. Unified Board of Education unanimously voted to pass a resolution directing the district to take actions designed to support school communities in increasing voter registration and participation in elections. The resolution also directs district departments to work with community organizations and the County of Los Angeles to ensure voter registration guides and other resources are available at parent centers, high schools and adult schools.

Affirming his support, Board Vice President Melvoin said, “As we see L.A. Unified students increasingly joining the activism around movements like safer schools and educational equity, we want to support the record numbers of California students pre-registering to vote at age sixteen and encourage young leaders to continue getting involved in the civic process.”

 


More Money for the Highest-needs Students

Sponsored by President Garcia

Cosponsored by Vice President Melvoin

Passed 4/10/18

The L.A. Unified Board of Education voted to approve the School Equity Need Index 2018 that includes community indicators that will identify the highest-needs students to invest $25 million dollars from Gov. Jerry Brown’s 2018-2019 California budget. The resolution also requests the superintendent to create a working group for community stakeholder input.

Following the board’s vote, Melvoin stated, “the board, our students, and our advocates came together on behalf of our highest need communities,” said Vice President Nick Melvoin. “We know that we need to do more—and our state and federal government need to do more—but this is a foundation upon which to build. I look forward to the next iteration of a student-based funding formula that continues to ensure dollars reach our classrooms.”

 


New School Report Cards

Sponsored by Ms. Gonez

Cosponsored by Vice President Melvoin

Passed 4/10/18

The Los Angeles Unified Board of Education voted to create a school performance framework that incorporates academic and school climate factors into one comprehensive picture of school success. The performance framework will be an internal tool to help ensure all schools are continuously improving, as well as an opportunity to share key information with families as to how their schools are performing.

Upon the passage of the resolution, Melvoin said, “the Board took a necessary first step toward measuring achievement and identifying the challenges and obstacles that we need to address to give every child in Los Angeles the opportunity to learn and the tools to succeed. We know that we can do better, so let’s start now.”

    


Safeguarding Our Schools

Sponsored by Vice President Melvoin

Cosponsored by President Garcia & Ms. Gonez

Passed 3/13/18

The L.A. Unified Board of Education unanimously voted to approve a resolution authored by Board Vice President Melvoin calling on state and federal legislators to enact stricter gun control laws. The resolution also calls on the District to form a collaborative task force with experts, teachers and staff, law enforcement, and parents and students to review and strengthen best practices at the District and school site level. 

“I am inspired by the student activists in Parkland, and across the country, who have raised their voices to demand action on gun control,” said Melvoin in the March 13th board meeting, and he then met with some of these students when they visited Los Angeles in late March. “If Congress is not going to act, then it falls to us at the District level to make sure that we do everything in our power to keep our students safe, and we will do just that.”

 


Declaring March as Immigrant Student, Family, and District Staff Month

Sponsored by President Garcia

Cosponsored by Vice President Melvoin, Dr. Rodriguez, and Ms. Gonez

Passed 2/13/18

The L.A. Unified Board of Education unanimously voted for a resolution that recommits to informing District students, families, and staff about their rights and designates the month of March as “We Are One: Standing with Immigrant Families” Awareness Month through 2020, and Monday, March 5, 2018 as “We are One L.A. Unified” Student Day.

The Board also directed the Superintendent to continue to increase and improve our resources for students, staff, and families. The LAUSD Immigration Collaborative works with community partners and immigration advocacy groups to curate an LAUSD Know Your Rights workshop, created the LAUSD Immigration and Education Resource Guide, implemented staff professional development, and created a webpage with information and public resources to support the We Are One L.A. Unified: Standing with Immigrant Families Campaign.

 


Brand New Open Data Portal

Sponsored by Vice President Melvoin

Cosponsored by Dr.
Vladovic

Passed 1/16/18

The L.A. Unified Board of Education voted 6-1 today to approve the “LAUSDATA” resolution sponsored by Board Vice President Nick Melvoin and Board Member Dr. Richard Vladovic to create a system of open portal datasets and data applications to increase transparency and accountability in the second largest school district.

Open Data is publicly available and easily accessible data published by the District so that the public is able to engage and participate in L.A. Unified’s progress toward goals like 100% graduation, literacy and numeracy for all, closing achievement gaps, and college and career readiness for all students.

 


Celebrating Black History
Month 2018

Sponsored by Dr. McKenna

Cosponsored by Vice President Melvoin, Ms. Gonez & Mr. Schmerelson

Passed 1/16/18

The Los Angeles Unified Board of Education unanimously approved today, a resolution celebrating Black History Month in February. The 2018 theme is, “African-Americans in Times of War” beginning with a former slave, Crispus Attucks, who died in the Boston Massacre, the first American killed in the American Revolution.

Said by Nick in the January 16th board meeting, "During this tumultuous time in our country – in which the contributions of certain groups are being ignored, misinterpreted, and dismissed – it is more important than ever that we remember and celebrate the contributions of the African-American community. There is no American history without African-American history. If the headlines teach us anything, it’s that we could all spend more time studying the past and using those lessons to inform our present. As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. taught us, ‘Instead of making history, we are made by history.’ A history that includes the contributions of countless African-Americans. I’m proud to support this resolution, and will join our students in learning more about our nation’s past.”

 


Protecting Victims of Sexual Harassment

Sponsored by Vice President Melvoin

Cosponsored by President Garcia & Ms. Gonez

Passed 12/12/17

The Los Angeles Unified Board of Education voted to approve Board Vice President Nick Melvoin’s resolution to incorporate best practices into its sexual harassment policies for all employees in the second-largest school district, which is also the second-largest employer in Los Angeles County.

The past weeks have exposed a pervasive culture of work-related sexual harassment, assault, and inappropriate behavior across several industries, which was the impetus for Melvoin’s resolution to call on L.A. Unified to immediately set up a hotline for reporting, conduct a comprehensive review of current policies, and implement a centralized tracking system for complaints from school sites and central offices.

 


Increasing Per Pupil Funding to $20,000 by 2020

Sponsored by Ms. Gonez

Cosponsored by Vice President Melvoin & Dr. McKenna

Passed 11/14/17

With California lagging near the bottom nationally in public school funding, the Board of Education called on lawmakers Tuesday to more than double per-pupil funding over the next three years to support the state’s education system.

The board’s action came with its unanimous approval of a resolution, “Urging the State of California to Reclaim Its Leadership in Education by Increasing Investment in Our Schools.” The resolution details a coordinated advocacy effort to boost per-pupil funding to $20,000 by 2020.

 


One-Stop LAUSD App

Sponsored by Vice President Melvoin

Cosponsored by Board President Garcia & Dr. Vladovic

Passed 11/14/17

 

The Los Angeles Unified Board of Education voted unanimously to approve Board Vice President Nick Melvoin’s resolution to transform district communications with a new smartphone app for the second largest school district.

Among the initial functions of the app would be an overhaul of antiquated robo-calls and paper surveys, opting for a more modern system of push notifications to alert parents and school staff of any relevant updates, such as emergency notifications, school closures, and calendar updates.