Fighting For SpEd
School Board Member Will Look At Special Education Resolution
BD7 rep Tanya Ortiz Franklin tells community representatives she will follow up on the proposal to improve how LAUSD delivers services.
– Tanya Ortiz Franklin
While the community has expressed support for the proposed Improving Special Education Within the LAUSD resolution, the elected board members have not stepped up to help the District’s most vulnerable students. Most disappointingly, Scott Schmerelson, who had expressed support for elements of this proposal during his last reelection campaign, rebuffed several requests to include a discussion of the resolution on an agenda for the Special Education Committee that he chairs.
During a contentious meeting of the Community Advisory Council (CAC) in May, the District forced a reading of the proposed resolution to be removed from the announcements portion of the meeting. However, an end run around the LAUSD’s prohibition was found by having a person who is not a committee member read it into the record during public comment. This provided an opportunity to ask visiting School Board member Tanya Ortiz Franklin about the proposal later during her Q&A session.
Franklin’s initial reaction to the proposal was that it has “a lot of resolves.” Given that I wrote this resolution after years of advocacy on behalf of families that have children with Special Education needs, it does, admittedly, cover a lot of ground. This does not mean that it should be considered an all-or-nothing proposal. Passing any part of the resolution would improve how services are provided and would be a win for families who are desperately in need of a victory. If Franklin is more comfortable with “resolutions with three to five resolves”, I am eager to sit down with her to discuss which…