Monica Ratliff's fifth grade classroom at San Pedro Street Elementary.
Update 4 p.m.: L.A. Unified School District board members on Tuesday postponed until June 18 its discussion about two proposals for use of new state funding, but that didn't keep parents and representatives from teachers union from using the public comments portion of the meeting to let board members know their thoughts about using new funds.
"Let's put the needs of the kids and the classroom first. Please do the right thing, support the class size and full staffing initiative," United Teachers Los Angeles president Warren Fletcher told board members.
Some parents worried that Gov. Jerry Brown's supplemental funding formula would be detrimental to campuses with lower numbers of English learners and poor students.
Linda Patterson-Salib said she's worried her daughter won't be able to easily enroll in elective classes when she enters Venice High School in the fall.
"Could you please fund the magnets that you approve and fund them first before you approve more schools," she said.
Previously: Board members at the L.A. Unified School District will hold talks Tuesday morning about how to use funding increases expected from Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed student funding overhaul. You can view an archive of our live Twitter stream in the window below.
Board members have written up two proposals.
The first includes a long list of uses for the expected funds: Hire more teachers to reduce class size, rehire counselors, librarians, and campus maintenance workers. The proposal lists current L.A. Unified class sizes:
- Grade K-3 = 24 students to 1 teacher
- Grades 4-6 = 30 students to 1 teacher
- Grades 7-8 = 30 or more students to 1 teacher
- Grades 9-12 = 30 or more students to 1 teacher
The proposal would also direct the superintendent to draw up a three-year strategy to raise employee wages.
Board members Bennett Kayser and Steve Zimmer back this proposal. They have received strong support from the teachers union in past elections.
The second proposal is worded more directly: create a funding method in which additional money follows the student.
Under this proposal, all L.A. Unified schools would get a base funding increase. Any additional funds would help English learners, and poor students and would follow the child to whichever school they attend.
The idea is to guarantee all schools get a boost in funds, including those with a small number of students that qualify for additional money. This proposal, by board member Tamar Galatzan, calls on input from parents, schools, and the community.
You can read our Twitter feed from Tuesday's meeting by clicking on the window below. Newest tweets appear at the top of the stream.