The Long Beach Unified School District has rescheduled its Board of Education meeting about the budget to start two hours earlier than originally planned.
“I had multiple people saying that I was wasting my time and wasting my efforts,” new LBUSD Board of Education Member Erik Miller recalled in a recent interview with the Post. “It really only drove me even further and made me work harder.”
At the Nov. 18 Long Beach Unified School District Board of Education meeting, the board bid farewell to longtime members Jon Meyer and Felton Williams, who are leaving the board after more than 33 years of combined service.
The two candidates discussed the issues of declining attendance, police presence on school campuses and inequities within the LBUSD.
Long Beach Unified Board of Education members on Wednesday criticized a new waiver process that allows them to apply to reopen campuses to students who are in second grade and below.
The district’s LCAP ballooned from a few pages to a 69-page document after a series of community input hearings.
Until now, the public could only send comments via email, which were then read aloud during board meetings, or participate in the meetings in person.
One illustration of the tension is a Facebook group called Parents for Teachers LBUSD that rapidly gained more than 5,000 followers over the last few days.
The move comes after prominent local politicians denounced the school board’s decision not to elevate Board Member Juan Benitez to the position of president.
The board extended the usual 30 minutes of allotted time to read public comment to a full hour, but still only had time to read 36 of the 52 emails submitted, almost all of which were in support of the equity policy.