2 New Resolutions Aim To Protect LAUSD Students From Predators

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — The Los Angeles Unified School District unveiled two resolutions Monday aimed at better protecting students from sexual predators.

“These two resolutions don’t just call on LAUSD, [they] call on Los Angeles, the state of California to do what is right, to help us have the best environments for our young people,” said  Monica Garcia, LAUSD Board President.

Garcia and fellow LAUSD board member Tamar Galatzan urged fellow members to support the two measures Monday morning during a news conference. The resolutions are intended to streamline the dismal of teachers for immoral behavior and make it easier to notify parents of immoral conduct.

The LAUSD has been criticized for the way it handled the arrest of Miramonte Elementary School teacher Mark Berndt, who has been charged with 23 counts of lewd acts on a child.

Parents say they weren’t notified about his arrest – which prompted several students to come forward with unrelated accusations against other teachers – in a timely manner.

Fellow Miramonte teacher Martin Springer, 49, was arrested last month after two of his former students told police they were fondled in his classroom.

“My resolution seeks to change state law so that certificated employees engaged in acts that are unprofessional, immoral or criminal can be dismissed faster and at less cost to the district,” Galatzan said.

District leaders have said they are limited in how they respond to such allegations, so Protecting Children in the Classroom aims to streamline the dismissal process by specifically targeting certificated employees who are engaged in acts of moral turpitude against children.

Currently, dismissing a teacher can take as long as seven years depending on the number of appeals, Galatzan said.

Under the state code, the district is required to send a teacher written notice that he or she has been charged with an act worthy of termination, and the board has to wait at least 45 or 90 days, depending on the allegations, before acting.

The authors of the second resolution, Improving Transparency, Process and Procedures for Student Safety, say it will make it easier to identify, remove and prosecute employees who sexually or physically abuse children. It also aims to create a uniform procedure for notifying parents and guardians about such cases.

Both measures are supported by Superintendent John Deasy.

United Teachers Los Angeles President Warren Fletcher issued a statement Monday following the news conference.

“LAUSD must not continue its pattern of hasty, misguided responses, such as the removal of the entire Miramonte staff. To ensure the safety of our students, school board members and district officials must commit to the important work of conducting thorough and sober investigations.”

The full LAUSD board is expected to vote on both measures Tuesday in a 1 p.m. meeting.

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  1. joe says:

    Why don’t they come up with a plan to protect students from being physically, emotionally and mentally abused by school staff?

  2. Chancelarue says:

    This is important . Nothing is more important in my mind than protecting children, which is why I am so offended by these grifters at LAUSD crying impotence in stopping predetors and exploiting this situation to the advantage of Deasy and his undisguised agenda. He’s been eager to cleanse teachers from the staff for reasons that have nothing to do with protecting students from predetors. In fact a state audit recently revealed that many teachers are unfairly punished because they do report child abuse at LAUSD . The silence about abuse is enforced to dodge culpability for these deviant.’s activity. To mischaracterize these situations as impossible to correct is just another one of Deasy’s fabrications. He has fired 800 Teachers since commandeering his position so his hands are hardly tied when it comes to the matter of abusers. Hs staff intentionally neglects or report the perverts to CTC and tossed out damning records in Thier files to forge agreements where the pedophiles resign without protest,ntheir credential, record clear, and armed with glowing letters of of rec, sometimes cash prizes.

  3. Chancelarue says:

    And Lausd damn well knows these creeps are going to hurt kids when they get jobs in other districts. Now guess what, Deasy will still protect pervs and teachers will be fired on a whim. This is all about money. Teachers with good ay, years of service, oensions and healthcare are going to get the shaft . Their lives are already being ruine, some because they tried to protect children. Monica Garcia and John Deasy are the real criminals. All one needs to do is look at the contempt they’ve shown for parents and the community … They should both be wearing orange jumpsuits and housed with the pervers.

  4. Chancelarue says:

    And Lausd damn well knows these creeps are going to hurt kids when they get jobs in other districts. Now guess what, Deasy will still protect pervs and teachers will be fired on a whim. This is all about money. Teachers with good ay, years of service, oensions and healthcare are going to get the shaft . Their lives are already being ruine, some because they tried to protect children. Monica Garcia and John Deasy are the real criminals. All one needs to do is look at the contempt they’ve shown for parents and the community … They should both be wearing orange jumpsuits and housed with the perverts

  5. allens reihn says:

    need to change the teachers union . who backs molesters

  6. Brian says:

    tombstone politics the initiave that lausd will prove nothing don’t put your childeren in the Lausd school system they are not safe period

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