LAUSD Permit Students on the Budget Radar

The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has revised its policy on the issuance of inter-district permits.  The permit program has traditionally allowed parents  the ability to have their children attend schools outside of the District’s boundaries.  Under the current policy, LAUSD loses approximately $51 million each year.
“Just about every school district in the Los Angeles area is experiencing massive budget deficits but ours is the largest at $640 million,” said Superintendent Ramon C. Cortines. “It is time to bring our students home to LAUSD where we still have plenty of excellent schools for them to attend and we have great teachers to instruct them.”

Culver City School District Superintendent Dr. Myrna Rivera Cite noted ” We have 1467 LAUSD permit students. The fiscal effect (of losing the permit students) will be a negative $5.7 million hit to our unrestricted general fund.” The loss of the LAUSD permit students will impact the district in other specific ways as well.

Dr. Cote continued, “There will also be a significant loss to Special Education and categorical funding. The Office of Child Development will see a loss of approximately $150,000 in its before/after school care funding.”

An informational parent meeting will be held at the Robert Frost Auditorium on Wednesday , March 24 from 5-6:30 p.m. (immediately preceding a presentation on “sexting.”) There will be follow up meetings for parents on April 7, with the time to be announced.

“We plan to re-enroll our students on provisional basis – but they must be in the process of appealing a denial from LASUD to be considered. ” added Dr. Cote.

The LAUSD will limit out-going, inter-district permits to Parent Employment and Senior Status. Parent Employment Permits are allowed for students whose parent/guardians are physically employed within the boundaries of another school district. Senior Status Permits will be issued to allow students to complete the final year at their school attendance at their current elementary, middle or high school. CCUSD has 332 students that will fall into “senior option” in  5th , 8th, and 12th grades. Parents/guardians may still submit applications for permits to attend unique educational programs or exceptions for permits that fall outside of the two conditions described above. Those applications will be” reviewed individually and evaluated on their own merit,” according to LAUSD.

CCUSD is working with Santa Monica/ Malibu and Los Virgenes School Districts as a consortium.

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