Letter to Employees on the Miramonte Settlement

Dear LAUSD Family:

Nothing is more important to us than protecting the safety of your children while they are in our care, and nurturing strong relationships with you and your family based on mutual trust.

With these critical priorities in mind, I wanted to inform you directly that we have agreed to a settlement with the students and families in the Miramonte case this settlement, which follows many from last year, is an important step forward in helping these children and the community continue the healing process. In total, we settled all of the remaining cases at issue in the Miramonte litigation for $139,250,000.

The last few years have been incredibly difficult for all of us, but we know that they have been especially difficult for you as parents. Like you, we share in the disgust and anger any time a school employee violates the trust of a child. We work hard every day to ensure that this doesn't happen.

While we understand that no one can undo the damage that this teacher did in this case, we know that we must move forward and do everything we can to help this community heal. That's why we have agreed to this settlement, which will bring this difficult process to a conclusion, and spare those involved the potential pain of reliving these terrible events through a public trial. We sincerely hope that this settlement will help these families heal.

As we commit ourselves fully to this healing process, we must also ensure that paying for this settlement does not jeopardize any of the educational resources that you and your children deserve. That's why we intend to ensure that our insurers are held accountable and fulfill their obligation to provide coverage for this settlement.

As educators, we do everything in our power to protect students. We have already put many new student safety measures in place, including our new Student Safety Investigative Team, which has the specialized skills to effectively investigate allegations of misconduct; a 72-hour parent notification policy when an employee is removed for allegations of misconduct; and our active participation in a statewide audit of our policies.

But for any of these efforts to be truly successful, we must always work together as partners with you. As we always have, we strongly encourage you to engage with us whenever possible, and stay actively involved in your child's education. Through hard work, and active partnership, we can give our students the educational experience we know they deserve.

Sincerely,


Ramon C. Cortines
Superintedent

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