Coalition demands most of new Los Angeles funding go to needy students

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

A citywide coalition of community groups is demanding that 80% of $1 billion in new school funding headed to L.A. Unified be spent on needy students according to decisions made by local schools rather than district bureaucrats.

Coalition members plan to submit more than 7,000 petitions articulating their demands at the L.A. Board of Education meeting Tuesday. They are urging an additional $50 million for students in foster care, $25 million for those learning English and extra services for low-income youth -- including more counselors, social workers and academic support staff.

Communities for Los Angeles Student Success, a coalition of more than 50 community, educational and civil rights groups, also has compiled a list of impoverished neighborhoods that it believes should have first priority for extra funds. Those include Watts, Boyle Heights, Koreatown, East Hollywood, Huntington Park, Gardena, Canoga Park and Pacoima.

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