Parents Demand

Parents Oppose District Housing Plans On School Sites

Instead of adding green space or Wellness Centers, the LAUSD bureaucracy proposes building housing on three campuses.

Carl J. Petersen
4 min readNov 9, 2020
Photo by Lubo Minar on Unsplash

“For over two decades, the South East Los Angeles community has been promised that more green space will be added to South Gate Middle School. It is a promise that has gone unfulfilled for far too long.”

- Padres Unidos

The teaching profession has suffered years of public attacks by the Education “Reform” movement, dissuading young people from entering the field. This has resulted in critical teacher shortages in many areas of the country, especially in the field of special education. In cities like Los Angeles with a high cost of living, the shortages are even worse.

To help solve the problem, Los Angeles schools have joined other school districts to build their own housing. These units are rented to teachers and other staff members below their actual market value.

At this week’s board meeting, the LAUSD will consider expanding this program with a proposal that would authorize “district staff to solicit and consider proposals for employee workforce housing at ten specified sites”. Seven of these sites are vacant parcels and will not cause any disruption to the district’s students. The remaining three are portions of existing campuses that the district has determined to be “underutilized.”

While the LAUSD bureaucrats say that “the proposed action does not have an impact on students”, the school community from at least one of the affected sites disagrees. Padres Unidos is a group that represents the parents from South East Los Angeles and has released the following statement opposing the building of apartments on the South Gate Middle School site. They have also detailed the ways that they believe this space should be used to directly benefit students:



Carl J. Petersen

Parent, special education advocate and former LAUSD School Board candidate. Still fighting for the children.