City Council Approves LAUSD Board District Maps

By EGP News Report

The Los Angeles City Council approved the final redistricting maps for the Los Angeles Unified School District on April 25. The maps are redrawn every ten years to reflect changes in population recorded by the US Census.

The maps approved by a now disbanded city appointed redistricting commission were subject to public scrutiny and complaint earlier this month as parents and stakeholders charged that they had been disenfranchised by the process and that the redrawn maps did not reflect their communities of interest.

Most of the attention was focused on Board District 5 — represented by the newest member of the school board, Bennett Kayser — which was the most altered in the new maps.

The City Council, however, restored almost all of Kayser’s district after attorneys for the City of Los Angeles and the Chief Legislative Analyst made recommendations to the “tremendously flawed map,” according to Kayser’s office.

Applauding the new maps, Kayser said the redistricting process had taken a heavy toll on the communities he represents, specifically the Southeast Cities, East Los Angeles and the Northeast Los Angeles area, not to mention him, personally.

“After all the drama and trauma, the ‘new’ LAUSD Board District 5 is basically the district I ran for and won just nine months ago. All I can say is, it’s great to be back and I am thrilled for the chance to continue serving the very people who have placed their trust in me,” he said in a written statement.

Councilmember Tom LaBonge is said to have helped change the outcome of the maps. He was concerned about the separation of Marshall High School from its feeder schools, according to the press release.

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May 3, 2012  Copyright © 2012 Eastern Group Publications, Inc.


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