Former third grade teacher Mark Berndt is serving 25 years for sexually abusing children at LA Unified’s Miramonte Elementary School. When he was sentenced last year, the District settled with 65 families for $30 million. But the parents of 81 children went to civil court, and last week, in the midst of jury selection, the District settled for $139 million. A total of $169 million is a staggering sum when schools are in financial trouble.
LAUSD’s $139 Million Miramonte Settlement
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