LAUSD Board Stalls on School Police Reform
The state’s largest school district has rejected a proposal that would’ve cut school police funding by 90% over the next 31/2 years.
The plan, spearheaded by Trustee Monica Garcia, would have cut the school police budget by 50% for the 2021-22 fiscal year and then 75% the year after that before the eventual 90% cut.
After passionate pleas and protests from both sides, concerns for campus safety won out. Only Nick Melvoin joined Garcia in voting for her proposal.
“I would regret for the rest of my life if I left any student vulnerable, any student in danger,” said Board Member Richard Vladovic.
A more moderate proposal from Jackie Goldberg would have cut $20 million from police and would have banned the use of pepper spray. But Goldberg was not able to muster enough votes.
In the end, very little got done because of divisions on the board. The issue will now be left up to a task force assembled by Superintendent Austin Beutner.
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