LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A Southland lawmaker on Monday called for an audit of the Los Angeles Unified school district over its handling of multiple child molestation cases.

KNX 1070’s Ed Mertz reports Assemblyman Ricardo Lara of South Gate said it’s time to get some answers from district officials.

“My goal is to ensure that everything is being done to protect our kids,” said Lara, whose district includes Miramonte Elementary, where two teachers have pleaded not guilty to child abuse charges involving students.

Lara (D-Bell Gardens) said he has been shocked both by the growing number of child molestation cases and the district’s response, and wants to find out how much the LAUSD has paid in what he calls “secret settlements” involving child molestation allegations along with ensuring efforts to prevent more abuses.

When it comes to removing teachers with any connection to abuse cases, Lara, who also serves as the chair of the powerful Joint Legislative Audit Committee, called for a district-wide review to “investigate and see if LAUSD followed procedures”.

“I think everything should be on the table now,” said Lara.

He hopes the audit will clarify the responsibilities of all those involved in the day-to-day operations within a school district that currently faces dozens of sexual abuse complaints.

“I’m trying to figure out what the role of law enforcement is, the role of the unions, and the role of the school district,” said Lara. “I think this audit will give us the necessary answers we need.”

A hearing on the audit is planned for Wednesday.

Comments (3)
  1. luckyfela1 says:

    I believe in audits by licensed professionals NOT affiliated with any firm their doing the audit on.
    FURTHER, I want you all in the LOS ANGELES AREA to DEMAND AN AUDIT of the
    While we suffer the pain of paying this bill every two months, and seeing more and more increasing fees, etc, I see the MANAGEMENT PERSONNEL celebrating, having parties, going on cruises, helicopter rides paid by US.
    Then they gave special raises to those who helped push through the water rate increases approved by the CITY COUNCIL. Only one member voted NO.
    COUNCILMAN ZINE. He knows the truth, and the other members were bought off.

  2. Missdeed says:

    I don’t know about what lucky fela is ranting about beyond my concerns over my own bill, which has doubled then nearly tripled since last year. This is water, gas and electricity. I can’t keep up. It does seem fishy so I second luck fela’s nomination of audit for water and power.

  3. Missdeed says:

    However this must not be done before the school district answers for the practices that freed am-pedophile to rape a girl in Inglewood, the practice of buying out pervs is nothing new. And it’s high time the practice of using credentials as leverage and children as sacrifices to save Lausd from lawsuits has to stop.

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