Photographer: Michael E. Garland | Santa Monica Daily Press
7 April, 2010 -- Students who attend Santa Monica's Edison Language Academy, which contains the highest concentration of Los Angeles kids attending using permits, joined their parents for a protest outside of the Los Angeles Unified School District headquarters Tuesday prior to a decision by L.A. Unified Superintendent Ramon Cortines to abandon plans to dramatically reduce the number of permits granted to families. Cortines spared kids this coming school year, but plans to head back to the L.A. school board in September to cut back on permits in order to close a budget gap. More than 12,000 LAUSD students attend schools outside of the district, including Santa Monica. Cortines said LAUSD loses $51 million in state per-pupil funding because of the permits. Local school officials were concerned about losing much-needed funding if the plan was approved.