District Statement on Public Advocates/American Civil Liberties Union Local Control Accountability Lawsuit

LOS ANGELES (July 1, 2015) - We are disappointed by the Public Advocates/American Civil Liberties Union’s decision today to file suit against the Los Angeles Unified School District.

We believe that this group has misinterpreted the Local Control Funding Formula. The Legislature clearly granted school districts – which serve predominantly low-income students, foster youth and English language learners – the highest degree of flexibility in determining student program needs.

We are confident that the District will be vindicated in this litigation. More importantly, we stand by our continuing commitment to serve our most disadvantaged students.

Our Local Control Accountability Plan was developed in partnership with our school communities. In the District’s Local Control Accountability Plan, we reaffirm our commitment to the Local Control Funding Formula, and proudly demonstrate the progress we have made improving and increasing services for low-income students, foster youth, and English language learners.

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Contact: Shannon Haber (213) 241-6766