Educating the Next Generation During (and After) a Pandemic

Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) is the state’s largest and nation’s second largest public school district, spanning not just the City of Los Angeles but also all or a portion of 30 other adjacent communities and cities across 700 square miles. The vast range of racial, socio-economic, and geographic diversity of communities within the District pose unique challenges for District leaders and the District’s seven-member Board to best serve all schools on a normal day, but when a pandemic hits, those hurdles are severely, and inequitably, heightened. LAUSD School Board Member Nick Melvoin represents more than 150 schools from West Los Angeles to Hollywood, and parts of the Northwest San Fernando Valley. He joins us for the “Leadership and Resilience in Times of Uncertainty” series to explore the District’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic crisis and how LAUSD’s leaders have tackled the obstacles before them to maintain their focus on educating the next generation.