Hearing for New School Districts Again Delayed

A hearing on whether the San Fernando Valley should get its own school districts has been postponed--again--until late this year.

The state Board of Education had scheduled the Sacramento hearing for September, but supporters of a plan to break up the Los Angeles Unified School District and create two districts in the Valley sought the delay because several of them could not attend.

The hearing was originally scheduled for last month, but the union representing the LAUSD's teachers asked for a postponement. The union opposes breaking up the school district.

The district breakup issue will probably land on the board's November or December agenda, said Larry Shirey of the state Department of Education. The proposal would remove 200,000 Valley students from the LAUSD and divide them between two new districts. The state Board of Education will decide whether to put the proposal to a public vote.

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