Remembering Ken Bramlett
The former Inspector General of the LAUSD is one of the 540,574 victims of COVID-19. His oversight of the district is sorely missed.
“He is remembered by his colleagues for his professionalism, integrity, honesty, and dedication to public service. I know those were attributes that struck me during my time where I had the privilege of working with Mr. Bramlett.”
- LAUSD Board President Kelly Gonez
While this news is not recent, I just heard that Ken Bramlett died of COVID-19 on December 29, 2020. Given his contributions to the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), I thought it was important to note his passing.
From 2013 to 2018, Bramlett served as the Inspector General for the LAUSD. This is a position that reports directly to the Board of Education and “has the responsibility of promoting public integrity and accountability through independent investigations…as well as conducting audits that detect fraud, waste, and abuse of public funds.” Through these “independent investigations and audits the OIG is able to identify methods to improve processes, programs, functions, and activities in District operations.”
During his five-year tenure, Bramlett completed audits of seven independent charter schools. The most notable of the completed audits was the one for Partnerships to Uplift Communities (PUC), the charter school co-founded by convicted felon Ref Rodriguez. This report was issued the year that Rodriguez was elected to the board.
Additionally, another audit was completed for Incubator Schools. This was a pilot school started by Steve Barr, the founder of Green Dot Charter Schools.
There were other investigations started but never closed. Granada Hills Charter High School is one of the schools looked at by the Inspector General’s office but the results were never released to the public.