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Chapter 5. Los Angeles Unified School District Administration; Article 1. General Provisions   

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(a) The Legislature finds and declares both of the following:

(1) As the largest school district in California and an urban district with high numbers of pupils from historically disadvantaged groups, the Los Angeles Unified School District has unique challenges and resources that require and deserve special attention to ensure that all pupils are given the opportunity to reach their full potential.

(2) The freedom to deviate from the strictures of generally applicable education statutes and regulations while maintaining the constant commitment to fairness and equity, and to increasing academic achievement among all pupils regardless of background, is central to the success of quality schools in California and is appropriate, as a concept, for the unique circumstances of the Los Angeles Unified School District.

(b) It is the intent of the Legislature that the Los Angeles Unified School District achieve the following pupil learning and academic achievement expectations through the enactment of this chapter:

(1) Significantly improved pupil learning and academic achievement based on the academic standards of the state, graduation requirements, and other standards for assessing the achievement of pupils, as measured by the California Standards Tests administered pursuant to Article 4 (commencing with Section 60640) of Chapter 5 of Part 33 and other valid and reliable assessments of academic achievement.

(2) Significantly improved graduation rates and significantly reduced dropout rates.

(3) A significant reduction in the academic achievement gap among racial and ethnic groups, between pupils with exceptional needs and pupils without those needs, and between English language learners and pupils who are fluent in English, so that all pupils are attaining similar, acceptable levels of academic achievement.

(4) Parent involvement and satisfaction with the schools that their children attend.

(5) The success of English language learner pupils in developing English language proficiency and increased redesignation as measured by the California English Language Development Test.

(c) It is the intent of the Legislature that the schools and administration of the Los Angeles Unified School District ensure that:

(1) All schools are clean and safe places for pupils and school staff.

(2) Each pupil has a qualified teacher who has had appropriate professional development for the one or more grades and subjects that he or she teaches.

(3) Each school has a principal who has had appropriate professional development to improve his or her ability as an educational leader to assist in improving teaching and learning at the school to which he or she is assigned, in building strong educational teams, and in promoting parental involvement and community relations.

(4) There is transparency in the fiscal affairs of the schools and the school district.

(5) Parents, teachers, and other school staff are full partners in the decisions that affect schools.

(6) The district is decentralized to reduce management bureaucracies and increase resources to schools and classrooms.

(7) Class sizes are at or below statewide averages for the corresponding grade levels.

(8) Every segment of the school community is held accountable for the achievement of the goals described in this section.

(d) Except as expressly and specifically stated in this chapter, it is the intent of the Legislature that the application of Part 25 (commencing with Section 44000) of this code and Chapter 10.7 (commencing with Section 3540) of Division 4 of Title 1 of the Government Code to the Los Angeles Unified School District not be changed or altered.

(e) It is further the intent of the Legislature that, in performing the school-related duties set forth in this chapter, the council of mayors described in Section 35920 and the partnership described in Section 35931, which includes the Mayor of the City of Los Angeles, function as agencies authorized to maintain public schools, similar to a school district or county office of education. The council of mayors and the partnership are, therefore, a part of the public school system of the state in performing the duties established in this chapter within the meaning of Section 6 of Article IX of the California Constitution.

(f) Consistent with the council of mayors' status as part of the public school system, nothing in this chapter shall be construed to require any city to expend city resources on services to the school district or its pupils unless the expenditure is the result of a city' s legislative act taken pursuant to the city's ordinary legislative decisionmaking process. Similarly, any liability incurred by any member of the council of mayors or mayor's community partnership for education excellence in undertaking any of the functions described in this chapter shall be borne by the school district and not by the County of Los Angeles, or any of the cities within its boundaries.

(Added by Stats. 2006, Ch. 299, Sec. 3.)

Reference:

Education Code 35920

Education Code 35931

Education Code 44000

Education Code 60640

Government Code 3540