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FEBRUARY 15, 2005 EDUCATIONAL PREFERENCE FOR MILITARY DEPENDENTS FEBRUARY 15, 2005 EDUCATIONAL PREFERENCE FOR MILITARY DEPENDENTS


TO:
HONORABLE MAYOR & CITY COUNCIL

FROM: CITY MANAGER

DATE: FEBRUARY 15, 2005

SUBJECT: EDUCATIONAL PREFERENCE FOR MILITARY DEPENDENTS

RECOMMENDATION:

1. Adopt a Resolution Supporting AB 208 Military Education; and

2. Approve a letter to the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District asking them to give priority to interdistrict transfers for the children of active military personnel.

BACKGROUND:

At their meeting of February 1, 2005 the City Council directed staff to prepare a Resolution in support of AB 208 Military Education (Gordon) and draft a letter to the Palos Verdes Peninsula School District requesting that they give preference to children of military personnel in interdistrict transfers.

Councilmembers Gardiner and Long initiated this action at the last Council meeting by requesting the City Council to adopt a Resolution asking the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District to open up schools to the children of active military personnel, at least on a space available basis, even when the children reside outside the District. Councilman Long believes opening up Peninsula schools could be a key factor in saving the Los Angeles Air Force Base from closure.

DISCUSSION:

Attached are a proposed Resolution in Support of Assembly Bill 208 (Gordon) and a draft letter to the Palos Verdes Peninsula School District requesting preference to children of military personnel in the process of an interdistrict transfer.

Respectfully Submitted,

Les Evans

City Manager

 

RESOLUTION NO. 2005-xx

A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF RANCHO PALOS VERDES, SUPPORTING ASSEMBLY BILL 208 (GORDON) EDUCATIONAL PREFERENCE FOR THE CHILDREN OF MILITARY PERSONNEL

WHEREAS, there are over 227,000 Active Duty and Reserve Military personnel stationed at California’s 62 military bases; and

WHEREAS, over one-third of these military personnel are parents to approximately 131,000 school-aged children; and

WHEREAS, being transferred to a military installation within California, the children of military personnel frequently experience difficulties in gaining admission into high quality school districts; and

WHEREAS, in the case that a student does not reside in the school district of their choice, they are required to request admission through an often lengthy and burdensome permit process; and

WHEREAS, Assembly Bill 208 will require school districts to give preference to the children of military personnel in the process of an interdistrict transfer.

BE IT, THEREFORE, RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF RANCHO PALOS VERDES:

That the passage of Assembly Bill 208 (Gordon) will strengthen the competitiveness of California’s military installations by eliminating a barrier to a quality education for the children of military personnel and this Council urges the unanimous support of the legislature and the Governor to insure this bill becomes law.

PASSED, APPROVED AND ADOPTED THE 15th DAY OF FEBRUARY 2005.

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Mayor

ATTEST:

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City Clerk

State of California )

County of Los Angeles ) ss

City of Rancho Palos Verdes )

I, CAROLYNN PETRU, City Clerk of the City of Rancho Palos Verdes, hereby certify that the above Resolution No. 2005-XX was duly and regularly passed and adopted by the said City Council at a regular meeting thereof held on February 15, 2005.

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City Clerk

February 15, 2005

Honorable Doris M. de la Rosa

President, Board of Education

Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District

Valmonte Administration Center

3801 Via La Selva

Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274-1119

Re: Educational Preference for Children of Military Personnel

Dear President de la Rosa:

As I’m sure you are aware the Los Angeles Air Force Base continues to be at risk for closure under the BRAC process. As you also probably know the entire South Bay is anxious to demonstrate support for our military and help to preserve our Base.

As part of our show of support, Assemblymember Mike Gordon recently introduced legislation that would strengthen the competitiveness of California’s military installations by eliminating a barrier to a quality education to the children of military personnel.

Under current law, the transfer of a student from one school district to another is regulated by the California Education Code. A student submitting an application for attendance is granted automatic admission upon establishing residency within the school district of residence. However, in the case that the student does not reside in the school district of their choice they are required to request admission through a permit process. The children of military personnel frequently experience difficulties in gaining admission into high quality school districts and in the case that a student does not reside in the school district of their choice, they are required to request admission through an often lengthy and burdensome permit process.

The City Council of the City of Rancho Palos Verdes respectfully requests that the School Board give preference to children of military personnel in the process of an interdistrict transfer.

Sincerely,

Stefan Wolowicz Thomas E. Long Douglas W. Stern Peter C. Gardiner

Mayor Pro Tem Councilman Councilman Councilman

Cc: Ira Toibin, Superintendent of Schools