The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) board of education directed Superintendent Michelle King to prepare a report on the feasibility of establishing a central fund to cover course material costs for students concurrently enrolled at local community colleges.
Board member Mónica Ratliff presented the resolution, which was co-sponsored by members Scott Schmerelson and Dr. Ref Rodriguez.
Ratliff authored the resolution in response to concerns with the current system in which school sites are responsible to secure funding for course materials for students dually enrolled at a community college.
“I hope this resolution will help us expand access to community college courses for students across the district,” Ratliff said.
According to a report from LAUSD, concurrent enrollment has long-term academic benefits for students, such as increasing the likelihood of high school graduation and persistence in postsecondary education.
“Many of our schools lack the financial resources to fully provide the programs our students need to excel in college, career and life,” Rodriguez said. “I hope that this district can find creative ways to support our schools to help alleviate the concurrent enrollment program costs so that schools can continue to promote a college-going culture.”
King is expected to report back to the board in 45 days.
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