The Los Angeles Unified School District recently adopted a $18.8 billion budget bursting with good news, including big pay bumps for staff, smaller class sizes for students, $124 million for Black student success programs and more mental health workers.

But underneath these positive investments looms a threatening fiscal reality. In September 2024, pandemic-era federal funding allocated to the district–which totaled $5.6 billion and currently supports the salaries of more than 2,100 employees–will expire.

Superintendent Alberto Carvalho and members of the Board of Education are not oblivious to this reality. Click here to read more: