LaMotte Requests Postponement Discussion of Proposed Board Changes Â
Los Angeles Unified School District Board Member Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte has asked Monica Garcia, President of LAUSD's governing board, to postpone discussion of Garcia's proposed Board meeting schedule changes, because the changes could restrict the access of stakeholders to pertinent information.Â
"Not only is the Board abdicating some of its responsibilities to external operators, now the Board wants to eliminate its committee structure, which is the only opportunity to ensure some degree of transparency and accountability to the takeover process and operations," LaMotte said.
The August 30 emailed request by LaMotte comes as a result of Garcia's undated memo, emailed August 27, stating that the proposed changes would be discussed at the Tuesday September 1 Special Meeting. The meeting is scheduled to occur today (September 1), the first business day after the District's August 31 holiday.
"This short notice gives constituents little time to plan to attend or craft a response to Garcia's proposed changes," said LaMotte. "The Special Meeting on Tuesday is not a regular meeting and because this is so serious and important to our constituents, I suggest we not take action on this under the cover of dark, but at a regularly scheduled televised meeting for full transparency. Like special interests, our constituents deserve some consideration also."
LaMotte's request included an attached legal opinion indicating that the matter should be discussed openly at a regular meeting.
In response to Garcia's proposal to eliminate committees, LaMotte said, "Because the current structure provides our stakeholders access and fosters real inclusion through their participation, input and involvement and negates some of the charges of exclusivity that are often lodged against the Board," a representative group of stakeholders should be assembled to "review, refine and streamline committees for the 09-10 school year," with results to be presented in 30 days."
LaMotte indicated that while she felt the decision to change the meeting schedule was a "forgone conclusion," she said, "I felt compelled to at least make this appeal on behalf of parity for the hundreds of thousands of constituents who still have some trust and hope in our efforts as public servants."
As of Sept. 1 LaMotte has had no response from Garcia.