L.A. Area Chamber statement on LAUSD Board of Education resolution to restrict district meetings at LAX-area hotels


February 12, 2008

The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Board of Education today introduced a resolution to restrict district meetings from the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) – area hotels which are under boycott by UNITE HERE.  The L.A. Area Chamber strongly opposes this resolution and urges the Board to direct 100 percent of its efforts toward improving our public schools.

With so many challenges facing LAUSD students, it is an inappropriate distraction for the school board to focus on a labor issue outside the school board’s domain, especially since the Board has its own labor issues to preside over.  The Chamber believes that now more than ever, the district must focus on those issues which directly prepare our students for college and the 21st century workforce.  From increasing teacher salaries, to adding small learning communities to LAUSD schools, to building business-education partnerships and improving safety across LAUSD campuses, LAUSD should spend its precious resources on programs and actions that will have the greatest impact on students.  All other efforts detract from the mission of the district to provide quality education.

Education is one of the most important issues facing our community.  An educated populace, capable of meeting the needs of the 21st Century, is central to the future quality of life and economic prosperity of our region.  That is why the Chamber is an active partner with LAUSD in encouraging business involvement in programs like Cash for College, Principal for a Day and Hire L.A. Youth.

The L.A. Area Chamber encourages all parities involved in the labor dispute to continue in an open dialogue and reach an agreement which balances the interests of business and labor.  And we urge the Board of Education to focus its efforts on bringing educational excellence back to our public schools.

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The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce represents the interests of business in L.A. County. Founded in 1888, the Chamber promotes a prosperous economy and quality of life in the Los Angeles region. For more information, visit www.lachamber.com.


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