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After Months Of Delays, LAUSD Board Is Scheduled To Hear Plans For School Police Budget Cuts

Protestors rallying at L.A. Unified School District's downtown headquarters during a demonstration calling for the district to defund the L.A. School Police. (Chava Sanchez/ LAist)
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The L.A. Unified School Board is expected to hear a plan to cut $25 million from the school police budget during Tuesday’s meeting, after discussion was delayed again and again.

A 35% funding cut to the LAUSD police budget was approved by the school board in a 4-3 vote last summer in the wake of a racial justice movement, but the details — like exactly how to reduce spending and redistribute the money — have taken a while to iron out.

Critics of the budget reduction, including some board members, accused proponents of too quickly bending to public opinion, without considering long-term ramifications, while activists decried administrators for leaving them out of negotiations. Stakeholders on all sides have given public comment over the last several months, but the board itself has only discussed the cut publicly a handful of times.


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