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Los Angeles COE |  BP  1160  Community Relations

Political Processes   

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The County Board has a responsibility to advocate fiscal and public policy that supports LACOE schools and the children in the community. To the extent possible, the County Board shall be proactive in supporting LACOE's advocacy agenda based on the needs of LACOE and the direction set forth in LACOE's vision and goals.

(cf. 0000 - Vision)

(cf. 0200 - Goals for the School District)

(cf. 9000 - Role of the Board)

(cf. 9010 - Public Statements)

The Board may establish reasonable policies related to Board members engaging in political activity while on LACOE business and/or on LACOE premises. (Education Code 7055)

(cf. 4119.25/4219.25/4319.25 - Political Activities of Employees)

Legislation

The County Board's responsibility as an advocate for LACOE may include lobbying at the county, state and national levels.

The County Board and the County Superintendent or designee shall work to establish ongoing relationships with local, county, state, and national officials and agencies, and shall inform them of the potential effect of issues on LACOE.

(cf. 1020 - Youth Services)

(cf. 1400 - Relations Between Other Governmental Agencies and the Schools)

(cf. 7131 - Relations with Local Agencies)

The County Board shall identify issues that will affect LACOE programs and services, establish goals and priorities for legislative advocacy and adopt legislative positions.

Legislative Agenda

The County Superintendent or designee shall establish a coordinated plan for carrying out the Board's advocacy agenda. A County Board member or members may identify issues requiring legislative action. The County Board may request that the County Superintendent direct the office of Governmental Relations to study the matter, obtaining appropriate recommendations and legal opinion, and to draft a bill for County Board review and approval.

If the County Board approves the draft, the County Board may request that the County Superintendent seek appropriate legislative action.

The County Board shall be notified in a timely manner of all bills before the Legislature upon which the administrative staff of the Office has established a position.

Position Recommendation

When a bill or other item before the Legislature is identified as meriting or requiring an official County Board position, the County Board may request that the County Superintendent direct the office of Governmental Relations study the matter, obtaining appropriate recommendations and legal opinion, and draft a position recommendation report for County Board review and approval.

If the position recommendation report is approved, the County Board may request that the County Superintendent take action to communicate the position to appropriate individuals, groups, and legislative bodies.

(cf. 1100 - Communication with the Public)

(cf. 1112 - Media Relations)

Ballot Measures/Candidates

The County Board may study the potential effect of ballot measures on LACOE and the County Board. Any Board discussion of the effect of such measures shall include an opportunity for Board members, staff and members of the public to speak on all sides of the issue. Following such study, the Board may adopt positions in support of or in opposition to ballot measures of importance to education.

An individual County Board member, may take a personal position on legislation that may affect the role of the Office; however, any communication of such a position shall clearly establish that the position is personal and is not to be construed as an official position of the County Board.

(cf. 9323 - Meeting Conduct)

No LACOE funds, services, supplies or equipment shall be used to urge the support or defeat of any ballot measure or candidate. (Education Code 7054)

(cf. 1325 - Advertising and Promotion)

Legal Advocacy

The County Board recognizes that some issues are more appropriately addressed judicially rather than legislatively. When a legal issue is likely to set a state or national precedent, LACOE may join with other county offices and districts in order to challenge the issue through litigation or other appropriate means.

(cf. 9124 - Attorney)

Political Forums

Forums on political issues may be held in LACOE facilities as long as the forum is made available to all sides of the issue on an equitable basis. (Education Code 7058)

(cf. 1330 - Use of School Facilities)

Legal Reference:

EDUCATION CODE

7054 Use of district property

7054.1 Requested appearance

7055 Local rules

7056 Soliciting or receiving political funds

7058 Use of forum

35160 Authority of governing boards

35172 Promotional activities

GOVERNMENT CODE

50023 Attending legislature to support or oppose legislation

53060.5 Attendance at legislative body; expenses

54953.5 Right to record proceedings

54953.6 Broadcasts of proceedings

81000-91015 Political Reform Act

COURT DECISIONS

Stanson v. Mott, (1976) 17 Cal. 3d 206

Miller v. Miller, (1978) 87 Cal.App.3d 762

League of Women Voters v. Countywide Criminal Justice Coordination Committee, (1988) 203 Cal.App.3d 529, 250 Cal. Rptr. 161, rev.den.

Choice-in-Education League et al v. Los Angeles Unified School District, (1993) 17 Cal.App.4th 415

Yes on Measure A v. City of Lake Forest, (1997) 60 Cal.App.4th 620

Scherer v. Buchanan, First Appellate District, Civil No. A076648

ATTORNEY GENERAL OPINIONS

73 Ops.Cal.Atty.Gen. 255 (1990)

Management Resources:

OFFICE OF LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL

Advice letter #7837, March 18, 1996 (use of public funds to publicize board positions)

FAIR POLITICAL PRACTICES COMMISSION

FPPC No. 93/345 (1996)

CSBA PUBLICATIONS

Political Activities of School Districts: Legal Issues, 1998

Maximizing School Board Leadership: Community Leadership, 1996

Policy LOS ANGELES COUNTY OFFICE OF EDUCATION

adopted: December 6, 2011 Downey, California