Statement of Dr. Debra Duardo, Superintendent
Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE)
As LACOE’s budget staff and fiscal expert team continue to evaluate the details of LAUSD’s proposed budget, I am encouraged to see significant expenditure reductions and revenue enhancements.
While the County Office of Education remains concerned that the district continues to spend more than it receives from the state and federal government, initial steps in the right direction are evident. Specifically, the waiver that recognizes the importance of support service staff is critical to addressing barriers to learning for students. Additionally, the redirection of health care agreement savings and the reduction of central office personnel provide substantial revenue for other district priorities.
Despite actions to immediately maintain fiscal solvency, the district’s own analysis shows that the structural deficit has not been fully addressed. LAUSD presents a balanced budget for 2019-20 and 2020-21 with a reserve that is just over the legal minimum requirement in 2021-22.
For these reasons, the county team of fiscal experts will remain assigned to the district, and we will continue to work toward long-term budget solutions that meet legal requirements and the needs of the LAUSD community.