In a unanimous vote on Dec. 3, the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education called for a thorough examination of gender equity in the district’s hiring and compensation practices.
Sponsored by Board Members Mónica García, Nick Melvoin and Kelly Gonez, the “She Leads! Affirming Los Angeles Unified School District’s Commitment to Gender Equity” resolution directs the superintendent to conduct a study of the district’s strengths and room for improvement concerning employment, compensation and representation in leadership positions among females and/or those who identify as gender non-binary.
“Gender equity is essential in Los Angeles and Los Angeles Unified,” García said. “We must ensure equal access to resources and opportunities for all genders. We need fearless leaders everywhere, and we will make sure that women are represented across all departments and levels.”
“Our students and employees deserve to be part of a system that works to counteract the insidious and sometimes invisible effects of gender bias,” Melvoin said. “And today, we have affirmed our district’s commitment to self-reflection and continuous improvement toward gender equity. I’m thrilled to be an ally and grateful to be part of a public institution that prioritizes gender equity and parity within our workforce.”
Superintendent Austin Beutner is expected to deliver a report with breakdowns of current data, indicating any gender equity gaps and strategies to remedy those gaps by March 1, 2020.
“Los Angeles Unified is committed to providing equal opportunities so that all employees can succeed,” Beutner said. “And we look forward to continuing to build a workforce that reflects the rich diversity of the communities we serve.”
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