Local Initiative Schools (LIS) were established in December of 2011, through the Local School Stabilization and Empowerment Initiative (LSSEI) agreement signed between LAUSD and UTLA that offers schools the ability to be thoughtful and specific about how and what they offer through different school autonomy options. The main belief of the new agreement is that the staff, students, and families at school sites are better prepared to determine the best practices and policies to meet their students’ needs to increase student learning. Schools can take greater ownership of their site-based decision-making on many different matters ranging from curriculum to staffing to governance.
In May 2012, LAUSD and the Associated Administrators of Los Angeles (AALA) signed an aligned agreement, indicating AALA’s ongoing support of their members should they choose to work with their schools on one of these autonomy models. Through the agreement Local Initiative Schools have the authority and option to determine local policy with respect to any or all matters listed below. (NOTE: Schools must remain in compliance with State and Federal law. Please read the actual agreement for more detailed language on each of the autonomies outlined below):