Reject SCF: “We’re students, not dollars”

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Monroe 09.10.2021

Parents, educators, students, and community members from Monroe High in the San Fernando Valley united today to denounce so-called Student-Centered Funding and to call on LAUSD School Board President Kelly Gonez to stand with them and vote no on SCF on September 14.

Using figures from an LA Unified-created analysis, a new report by UTLA and Reclaim Our Schools LA shows that SCF would undermine existing LAUSD equity initiatives and trigger funding loss at a swath of LAUSD schools. 

Monroe High stands to lose $1.2 million in funding for students each year if the district converts its budgeting to SCF. Other alarming numbers in the report from the LA Unified analysis:

  • Crenshaw and Dorsey High Schools would each lose $800,000 a year in resources
  • Hamilton Senior High would lose $1.4 million
  • Roosevelt Senior High would lose $1.5 million
  • Panorama Senior High would lose $737,000
  • Poly Senior High would lose $2.6 million 
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Speakers today also called out the threat to Title I, the historic civil rights legislation that dedicates federal funds to schools with high percentages of low-income students. As part of SCF, the district is seeking a federal waiver to have complete flexibility and much less oversight over the way it spends Title I funding, which paves the way for cuts to student services such as counselors and social workers, smaller class sizes targeted to improve student outcomes in Math and ELA, Intervention specialists, tutoring programs, and teacher-librarian and library aides.

“SCF threatens everything that makes our school work,” said Felicidad Villagonzalo, parent of a student with autism at Monroe High. “Title I dollars that our school uses for programs would be at risk. Our students need more programs, not the constant threat of cuts and competition. Supporters of SCF like to talk about our students as ‘backpacks of cash.’ My child is not just a number or a dollar amount. My child, along with every student at Monroe, is an integral member of our community, who deserves a well-funded school.”

 

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