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As LAUSD Students Return To Classes, Parents Weigh In On How And Why They Chose Their Child’s School

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Pencils are sharpened. Lunches are packed. Outfits are chosen. It can only mean one thing -- school has returned for the 2019-2020 academic year in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

The majority of the district’s nearly 500,000 students will return to classes on Tuesday following an academic year that was characterized largely by the teachers’ strike and the failure of a parcel tax ballot measure that would have generated approximately half a billion dollars a year in funding. In his “State of the Schools” address last week, LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner pointed to a graduation rate increase and a decrease in chronic absences as a sign of progress, but noted that there was still much work to be done in the areas of student performance and in rebuilding the public’s trust in the nation’s second largest public school district.

With today being the first day for LAUSD students, we’re asking district parents to weigh in: How did you choose the school where you send your child? What are the factors that go into that decision? If you're sending your kids to your neighborhood school, is it because it's improved or is now a charter or maybe there's no other option? We’re taking your calls at 866-893-5722.

With guest host Libby Denkmann


Tonikiaa Orange, director of the Institute for Cultural Sustainability & Educational Equity and assistant director of the Principal Leadership Institute at UCLA; she is a former LAUSD teacher and administrator, and a current LAUSD parent

David Tokofsky, consultant strategist with the Associated Administrators of Los Angeles, which represents principals and other administrators working in LAUSD; former LAUSD board member and a former teacher in the district