Thanks to the Brown Act, by law, public meetings of school boards in the state of California are made accessible to the public for attendance and comment.
But almost two-thirds of parents in two parent households work outside the home, as do about the same numbers of single-parent families. Meetings held during daytime working hours are almost impossible to attend. Lengthy waits of several hours to enter a too-small room, and then school board meetings that can extend all day or last until midnight are also a barrier to participation.
Despite these difficulties, many actual parents and community members persist and struggle to acquire a precious public comment card. It shouldn’t be so hard.
Let’s schedule LAUSD school board meetings on more evening and weekend times, provide overflow space with a remote feed to attendees, and resolve to adopt other innovative ideas to bring parent involvement and community participation into the digital age.
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