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La Schools’ New Parent Advisory Group Grapples With $6.8 Billion Budget

“I haven’t seen this kind of language since I left law school,” said Brent Anderson the parent of a 4th grader at Van Deene Elementary school.

This is L.A. Unified’s attempt to meet new state requirements that school districts meaningfully engage parents in the budgeting process. Every district in the state is trying to do the same thing right now, with a looming July 1st deadline to submit spending plans to Sacramento.

But as the largest district in California – and the second-largest in the country – the task is particularly tricky at L.A. Unified.