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Assemblyman requests state performance audit of LAUSD child abuse claims

Assemblymember Ricardo Lara represents California's 50th Assembly district
Assemblymember Ricardo Lara represents California's 50th Assembly district
Courtesy Cal. State Assembly Democratic Caucus website:

Assemblyman Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) has requested a state performance audit of how L.A. Unified handles child abuse claims.

Lara represents southeast Los Angeles, where two former Miramonte Elementary School teachers were accused of lewd acts upon children. The Joint Legislative Audit Committee will review Lara's audit request at a meeting Wednesday, according to a statement from his office today. Lara serves as chair for the committee.

From the statement:

"In the last year, 853 teachers at LAUSD have been pulled from the classroom for a variety of reasons, yet the district does not keep track of the teachers who are accused of sexual abuse. Within the last few weeks several teachers within the school district have been fired and charged with committing sexual acts against children. These unfortunate incidents have highlighted possible lapses in following due-process procedures to timely identify, report and remove teachers. The audit will help identify the policies and practices that may need to be strengthened to improve oversight."

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