More white, less funding! Walter Reed Middle School in North Hollywood is facing huge layoffs and increased class sizes because it’s no longer qualified for PHBAO status – meaning it doesn’t have 70% of its students as minorities.
According to ABC 7, the Los Angeles Unified School District provides “more funding for schools where the white population is below 30 percent.”
“It’s affecting funding because the more white people, the less money, so it’s a little bit of an interesting situation,”says a parent.
LOS ANGELES – Parents are outraged over a race-based school funding formula that’s driving budget cuts at a North Hollywood middle school – due to a higher percentage of white students.
Parents at Los Angeles Unified School District’s Walter Reed Middle School received a letter from district officials last week explaining a change in the school’s Predominantly Hispanic, Black, Asian or Non-Anglo status means less funding for the school in 2017-18.
“A school qualifies for PHBAO status if 70 percent or more of its students who live within the school’s attendance boundary are identified as ‘Hispanic, Black, Asian, or non-Anglo,’” the letter from Local District Northeast Superintendent Linda Del Cueto read. “Under a court-ordered integration program that has been in place since 1978, PHBAO schools qualify for smaller class sizes and additional positions. When a school no longer qualifies for PHBAO status, fewer positions are funded.”
The letter explained that for the last two years Walter Reed has dipped below the threshold, and district officials removed its PHBAO status for 2017-18.
Parent Christia Crocker put the situation into plain terms for KABC.
“It’s affecting funding because the more white people, the less money, so it’s a little bit of an interesting situation,” she said.