California’s Joint Legislative Audit Committee (JLAC) approved an audit request Wednesday by Senator Isadore Hall, III (D – South Bay) of the state’s receivership of the Inglewood Unified School District.
The Inglewood Unified School District currently serves over 11,000 students in Los Angeles County and supports 10 elementary, two K-8, two middle, and three high schools, along with a continuation high school. In 2012, the Inglewood Unified School District was facing fiscal insolvency. The Legislature approved and the Governor signed into law SB 533 (by former Sen. Roderick Wright) which provided a $55 million dollar emergency loan to the District and placed it under state receivership. The legislation also spelled out a pathway to help the District return to fiscal solvency, improve test scores and help Inglewood students find a pathway to college or a career.
Unfortunately, the past three years have created more questions than answers on how the District will get back on track and ultimately return to local control. Since 2012, the Inglewood Unified School District has been under the control of two different state administrators and a state trustee. Various Fiscal Crisis and Management Assistance Team reports have raised concerns about the District’s short term and long term fiscal solvency.
In response, Senator Hall has met with hundreds of parents, students and teachers advocating for increased transparency and greater community involvement in the District’s decision making process. Hall has also been working closely with Assemblymember Autumn Burke (D – Inglewood) and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson to provide additional support and resources to the District. The recently approved audit will compliment these efforts by empowering parents, students, teachers and the public with information necessary to increase public confidence in the work being done to return the District to local control.
“This audit was requested for one simple reason: taxpayers, students and parents of Inglewood Unified School District deserve to know how their tax dollars are being spent,” said Senator Isadore Hall.
“In order for the Inglewood Unified School District to return to local control, we need the public to have confidence in the public process currently underway. We build confidence in the public process by being transparent and open with how decisions are being made and how tax dollars are being spent. This audit will go a long way to help get the District back on track, provide students with a high quality education and ensure the long term stability and success of the District and the students it serves.”
The California State Auditor’s Office anticipates this audit will be completed by the fall of 2015.
Isadore Hall, III, represents California’s 35th Senate District that includes the communities of Carson, Compton, Gardena, Harbor Gateway, Hawthorne, Inglewood, Lawndale, Lennox, Lynwood, North Long Beach, Rancho Dominguez, Rancho Palos Verdes, San Pedro, South Los Angeles, Torrance, Watts/Willowbrook and Wilmington.