Truancy Citations Continue To Drop At LAUSD

A 78 PERCENT REDUCTION BETWEEN 2010 AND 2012

LOS ANGELES – The numbers tell the story of a significant and steady decline in truancy citations that school police have given to students. So far, during this school year, only 77—that’s no typo—have been handed out. 

Students are now cited by the dozens, no longer by the thousands—3,356 in 2010; 2,625 in 2011 and 726 in 2012.  Attribute that progress to a change in policies that are more proactive than reactive.  Students who are truant s are now directed to a non-court, district-sponsored, diversion program. Also, a youngster is no longer ticketed when close to the campus as the first bell rings; late, yes; talked to, yes; intervention and support at the school, consequences definitely; but no citation.

In addition, the Los Angeles School Police Department has been an active partner in the Los Angeles County Student Attendance Task Force, and works with other multi-partner committees to address schoolwide positive behavior practices, various student safety awareness, and quality campus programs. The results are more than promising.

In 2012, the last year for which complete data is available, there was an overall reduction of 22 percent to African American students from the previous year.  In that same time period, there was an overall reduction of 44 percent to Latino students.  Specifically, fewer minority students received tickets, and in general, fewer citations were given to L.A. Unified students. 

Dramatic progress like this should be celebrated. Instead, the Community Rights Campaign zeros in on a statistic that is not illuminating. Is there still a higher concentration of minority students who get citations? After all, wouldn’t that be expected in a 91 percent minority school district? That said do the math: compare 2010 with 2012.  So, 40 percent of 3,356 is 1,342 citations versus 40 percent of 726 equals 290 tickets.  Remember, only 77 have been written so far this year.

The District and the Los Angeles School Police Department continue to analyze the most appropriate means to address student law violators. We will continue to address many issues administratively within the school environment.  We will continue to work to identify and evaluate non-penal alternatives to various minor violations.

Each year, we continue to reduce crime, reduce arrests, reduce suspensions and increase positive relationships with students. Truancy citations have plummeted. For that, we deserve an A, not an F. 

Contact: Ellen Morgan, (213)241-6766

Come see the Grad Van at the 10th Annual Special Education Resource Fair!
On Saturday October 26th, the LAUSD Grad Van will be at the 10th Annual Special Education Resource Fair. The fair will be held at Augustus Hawkins High School located at Education Service Center (ESC) West. Pupil Services and Attendance (PSA) Counselors will be there to provide students and families with information regarding attendance, graduation requirements, and college and community resources. 
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Come see the Grad Van at the 10th Annual Special Education Resource Fair!
On Saturday October 26th, the LAUSD Grad Van will be at the 10th Annual Special Education Resource Fair. The fair will be held at Augustus Hawkins High School located at Education Service Center (ESC) West. Pupil Services and Attendance (PSA) Counselors will be there to provide students and families with information regarding attendance, graduation requirements, and college and community resources. 
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Come see the Grad Van at the 10th Annual Special Education Resource Fair!

On Saturday October 26th, the LAUSD Grad Van will be at the 10th Annual Special Education Resource Fair. The fair will be held at Augustus Hawkins High School located at Education Service Center (ESC) West. Pupil Services and Attendance (PSA) Counselors will be there to provide students and families with information regarding attendance, graduation requirements, and college and community resources.

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Monday’s Teacher of the Day: Mark Johnsen from Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies (SOCES)

Mr. Johnsen is the band director for more than 300 fifth-through-twelfth grade students at Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies (SOCES) magnet school.  In this unique configuration, dozens of students stay in the program for seven or eight years, until they graduate.  He has worked tirelessly at the school for 17 years, putting in early-morning and late-night hours to help his students succeed.  One parent noted that many times Mr. Johnsen will e-mail her late into the night and then turn around and e-mail early in the morning (“When does he sleep?”).  There are four levels of bands and two jazz ensembles.  In the program beginners become accomplished musicians ready to play in college.  Several students have gone on to play professionally, including one who is a member of the Marine Corps “President’s Own” stationed in Washington D.C.  Thank you, Mr. Johnsen for the tireless and selfless efforts you make for students!
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Monday’s Teacher of the Day: Mark Johnsen from Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies (SOCES)

Mr. Johnsen is the band director for more than 300 fifth-through-twelfth grade students at Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies (SOCES) magnet school.  In this unique configuration, dozens of students stay in the program for seven or eight years, until they graduate.  He has worked tirelessly at the school for 17 years, putting in early-morning and late-night hours to help his students succeed.  One parent noted that many times Mr. Johnsen will e-mail her late into the night and then turn around and e-mail early in the morning (“When does he sleep?”).  There are four levels of bands and two jazz ensembles.  In the program beginners become accomplished musicians ready to play in college.  Several students have gone on to play professionally, including one who is a member of the Marine Corps “President’s Own” stationed in Washington D.C.  Thank you, Mr. Johnsen for the tireless and selfless efforts you make for students!

Teacher of the Day: Ms Carla V. Vazquez

 

Central City Value Charter High School in Los Angeles is proud to have Carla V. Vazquez as an educator. She works hard to ensure that her students have access to an excellent education. Carla strives to make learning a collaborative effort between students, teachers, and school site staff with innovative and inspirational tools like her “Tree of Positive Affirmation.” She is more than a teacher, she’s a mentor and positive role model to the students she sees every day. She motivates students to master every subject, even those that seem to be difficult for them. Carla, we thank you for your dedication to LAUSD students.

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