ERIC Number: ED433680
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Toxic School Sites in Los Angeles: Weaknesses in the Site Acquisition Process. Special Report of the Joint Legislative Audit Committee.
California State Legislature, Sacramento. Joint Legislative Audit Committee.
A special report of the California Legislature's Joint Legislative Audit Committee addresses the school site acquisition process to attempt to discern how the system has allowed a minimum of nine Los Angeles public schools to be built on toxic lands. The report examines two such sites, the Jefferson Middle School (JMS) and the combined elementary and high school complex in the South Gate (California) community. The state's school construction site approval process was determined to be sufficiently enough flawed that it contributed to the California Department of Education's (CDE's) decision to not stop the JMS acquisition process. It also reveals that a willingness to act with due diligence to ensure that new schools are built on clean sites is lacking in both the Los Angeles Unified School District and CDE despite evidence suggesting that CDE practices and procedures may have resulted in other toxic sites being acquired for schools. The report recommends suspected toxic sites be reassessed and, if necessary, cleaned up; that the CDE immediately modify its internal site approval protocol to ensure local compliance with the law; and that districts with a history of failing to ensure that their school sites are toxin free be placed under strict state oversight. (GR)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Land Acquisition, Poisons, Public Schools, School Construction, Site Selection, State School District Relationship
Web site: http://democrats.assembly.ca.gov/members/a43/jlac.htm (full text).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California State Legislature, Sacramento. Joint Legislative Audit Committee.