Independent Analysis Unit - IAU

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The IAU was reconstituted by the Board of Education by an action of the Board on June 21, 2016. The Director of the Independent Analysis Unit was hired on April 28, 2017. The Unit consists of five analysts, in addition to the Director, and utilizes consultants, interns, and other assistance as needed.

The purpose, scope of work, and operating policies of the Independent Analysis Unit (IAU) are defined in the Charter approved on November 14, 2017.

The purpose of the IAU is to inform and advise the Board of Education with objective and nonpartisan analyses regarding the District's current, proposed, and potential policies, budgets, priorities, plans, practices, and initiatives.

The IAU is intended to help the Board develop long-term vision, establish priorities, and ensure that District budgets and initiatives are aligned with the Board’s priorities. Additionally, analysis of proposals prior to Board action is an important role of the IAU, to help the Board make better-informed, high-quality decisions. Both the Board and District staff may benefit from the IAU’s early engagement with District staff about forthcoming initiatives, whereby clarifications may be made prior to submission to the Board.

The IAU provides an independent viewpoint:


IAU Informative 2019 0129 - Governors budget 2019-20.pdf524.06 KB
IAU Informative 2018 1217 - Alt LCFF Base Grant Models Appendix.pdf217.97 KB
IAU Informative 2018 1217 - Alt LCFF Base Grant Models (1).pdf1.22 MB
IAU Informative 2018 1130 - SBA Results for Magnet and Non-Magnet Programs.pdf454.69 KB
IAU 2018 1023 Informative - Identification of American Indian/ Alaska Native Students.pdf149.57 KB
IAU 2018 1017 Informative - Native American Students and Chronic Absenteeism.pdf565.15 KB
IAU Informative 2018 1015 - Attendance.pdf169.65 KB
IAU Report 2018 1015 - LTELs.pdf1.41 MB
IAU Report 2018 0830 - Fiscal Outlook.pdf2.11 MB
IAU Informative 2018 0830 - Student Composition of Magnet and Non-Magnet Programs.pdf455.73 KB
IAU Report 2018 0827 - Dual Language Surveys.pdf1.06 MB
IAU Budget Brief 2018.pdf292.34 KB
Title I Funding Allocations.pdf975.99 KB
IAU Report - Reclassification Trends for English Learners in L.A. Unified.pdf401.44 KB
IAU Report - Per Student Revenues and Expenditures.pdf1.11 MB
Transitional Kindergarten and Student Outcomes.pdf1.27 MB
School Performance Indicators.pdf442.1 KB
Enhancing the Presentation of Budget Information.pdf762.44 KB
Uses of Discretionary Irregularly Occurring Funds.pdf959.34 KB
Health and Welfare Benefits: Costs and Liabilities (Presentation).pdf299.87 KB
Instructional Calendar.pdf140.54 KB
Improving Student Outcomes in the Middle Grades.pdf494.99 KB
School Improvement Grants in L.A. Unified .pdf713.37 KB
Health and Welfare Benefits: Costs and Liabilities.pdf894.24 KB
The Effectiveness and Distribution of National Board Certified Teachers.pdf182.82 KB

Meet the IAU Team

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Glenn A. Daley, Director (Email)

MPhil in Policy Analysis, RAND Graduate School
MBA/MPA in Public, Private, and Nonprofit Management, Willamette University
BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, Stanford University
Research Areas: Public and Private Sector Accounting and Budgeting, Value Added Modeling, Principal-Agent and Organizational Economics in Education, Charter School Organization, Program Evaluation

Andrew Thomas, Policy and Program Analysis Coordinator (Email)

PhD in Urban Education, UCLA
BA in Urban Studies, Columbia University
Research Areas: State, District and School Site Budgeting, Program Evaluation, Education Technology, After School Programs

Sydney R. Ganon, Policy and Program Analyst (Email)

MPP in Education Policy, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs
BA in Anthropology and English, University of Vermont
Research Areas: Early Childhood Education, Charter Schools, Public Pensions, OPEB Liability, School Enrollment, School Nutrition

Britney Wise, Associate Policy and Program Analyst (Email)

MPP in Education Policy, University of Southern California
BA in Political Science and Black Studies, UC Santa Barbara
Research Areas: Health and Welfare, Dual Language Education, School Effectiveness, Public Safety and Accountability, Title I Funding   

Megan Besecker, Consultant (Email)

           MPP Candidate, University of Southern California
           B.S. in Neuroscience, University of Miami
           Research Areas: STEM Education, Curriculum and Instruction, Teacher and School Effectiveness, Program

Haydee Vasquez, Secretary (Email)

AS in Business Management and Leadership, Santa Monica College

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