by email to 4LAKids
Begin forwarded message:
From: Concerned PAC-DELAC Members <email@example.com>
Date: June 5, 2014 at 11:58:37 PM PDT
To: LAUSD Board of Education and Board staff, Superintendent Deasy, and PCSB Executive Director Lagrosa
Subject: Letter from concerned PAC and DELAC members
Dear Board Members, Superintendent Deasy, and Ms. Lagrosa:
Please review the attached letter signed by 23 members of the LAUSD Parent Advisory Committee and the LAUSD District English Learner Advisory Committee, all of whom have been involved with the "review and comment" process for the 2014-15 draft LCAP. Kindly respond at your earliest opportunity.
You may reply to this e-mail address or, if you wish, Ms. Lagrosa has additional contact information for our members.
We look forward to hearing from you. Thank you.
If there are forty elected and seven appointed Parent Advisory Council members, the twenty-three signers above are one short of a majority. The prohibition against internal discussion and sharing of contact information leads me to believe that this letter would probably represent a majority opinion if transparency, accountability and (gosh forbid!) democracy were allowed to prevail.
The intent of the Ralph M. Brown Brown Act is to promote open meetings …not a tool to quash honest discussion.
I have always been told that Roberts’ Rules of Order govern meetings in the absence of Bylaws. And I do believe that the Parent Advisory Council – comprised of elected and appointed representatives convened under the Brown Act to function as a state mandated advisory committee per state law and District policy qualifies as a local legislative body, not staff-supervised a District committee.
This is not a student committee deciding how to spend the decoration money for the spring dance …it is a legally mandated advisory committee of parents and stakeholders established in state law to advise the Board of Education on the expenditure of billions of dollars.