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State audit on how LA Unified handles child abuse claims to be released

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The results of a state audit on how L.A. Unified handles child abuse claims will be released after an eight-month review of its reporting policies and procedures. Democratic state Assemblyman Ricardo Lara of Bell Gardens requested the audit in March after two teachers at Miramonte Elementary School were arrested for lewd conduct on children and a spate of other reports followed.

The results of a state audit on how L.A. Unified handles child abuse claims is set to be released Thursday morning after an eight-month review of reporting policies and procedures in the nation's seconds-largest school district.

The request for the performance audit was put forward by Democratic state Assemblyman Ricardo Lara of Bell Gardens in March and unanimously approved by the Joint Legislative Audit Committee.

Lara asked the committee to perform the audit after two teachers from Miramonte Elementary School were accused of lewd acts on children. L.A. Unified fielded a spate of increased reports after the teachers' arrests in two separate cases.

At the time, Lara said he hoped to get a "comprehensive look at what current policies are in place and identify any lapses or omissions."

The audit examined the school district's policies and procedures with a focus on six random school sites within L.A. Unified to determine how to strengthen oversight in reporting accusations against district employees, Lara said.

Superintendent John Deasy said at the time that he "welcomes" the audit.

Stay tuned for the details of the report.

Tami Abdollah can be reached via email and on Twitter (@latams).

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