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LAUSD Board of Education decides not to extend 2021-22 school year

Rather than mandate a longer academic year, schools in the Los Angeles Unified district will only be required to provide the typical 180 days of instruction for the 2021-22 year — although individual campuses will have the option to offer extra class or staff development time, the Board of Education decided on Tuesday, May 4. The board’s unanimous vote, based on a recommendation by district staff, came a day after LAUSD leaders scrapped a proposal by Superintendent Austin Beutner to tack on 10 m...
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Prominent Latina activist Sylvia Mendez speaks via Zoom to La Puente High students

La Puente High teacher Wesley Perez, activist Sylvia Mendez and students appear on Monday’s Zoom session. (Video screenshot) La Puente High teacher Wesley Perez, student Berenice De Anda and activist Sylvia Mendez on Monday’s Zoom session. (Video screenshot) La Puente High teacher Wesley Perez, activist Sylvia Mendez and students appear on Monday’s Zoom session. (Video screenshot) La Puente High teacher Wesley Perez, activist Sylvia Mendez and students appear on Monday’s Zoom session....
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LAUSD readies campuses for this week’s return of in-person learning

Teachers from Normont Elementary School socially distanced in the quad to listen to a few words from LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner, in Harbor City on Monday, April 12, 2021. Beutner visited schools on Monday to meet teachers and give the media a chance to see the new safety measures in place before students arrive on Tuesday. (Photo by Brittany Murray, Press-Telegram/SCNG) Superintendent Austin Beutner, right, fist bumps Mrs. Martinez, a kindergarten teacher at Normont Elementary School...
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‘Swiss cheese model’ of precautions allows schools to open safely despite coronavirus, experts say

Rewind one year: Fresh finger-paintings dry inside silent classrooms. Half-read books gather dust on shelves. The plant on the teacher’s desk is starting to wilt, but still alive. If we knew then what we know now, schools wouldn’t have closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic — or at least, not for very long, said George Rutherford, professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at UC San Francisco. “We were working on the playbook for Influenza A — the first things to close are elementary schools b...
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California Adopts First Statewide Ethnic Studies Curriculum For High Schools

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — As America reels from its latest spate of deadly hate crimes and racism, the California State Board of Education on Thursday approved the nation’s first statewide ethnic studies curriculum for high schools, saying the teaching of discrimination and oppression has never been more important. After an eight-hour public meeting Thursday, board members voted unanimously, 11-0, to approve the curriculum in hopes will become a model for other states to follow. Educators and civil r...
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Glendale elementary schools to resume in-person classes starting March 29

GLENDALE — Public elementary schools in Glendale will begin a phased return to in-person instruction on March 29, as coronavirus rates across Southern California continue to drop. On Tuesday, the Glendale Unified School District’s Board of Education directed district leaders to move forward with its plan for a phased return of elementary students to campuses. Teachers will return to campus on March 23, following the spring break holiday. Students in transitional kindergarten through second grade...
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Coronavirus: Schools plan for potential of remote learning into the fall

By CAROLYN THOMPSON | Associated Press Parents of schoolchildren learning from home shouldn’t necessarily count on reclaiming the dining room table any time soon. After seeing two academic years thrown off course by the pandemic, school leaders around the country are planning for the possibility of more distance learning next fall at the start of yet another school year. “We have no illusions that COVID will be eradicated by the time the start of the school year comes up,” said William “Chip” Su...
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Push to open public schools in February thrills some parents, terrifies some teachers, as COVID surges

The new year brings a ray of hope for California parents like Kate Gude, who has watched with mounting worry as her four kids suffer social isolation and reduced instruction time from online learning. The first COVID-19 vaccines were given to health care workers a month ago, teachers whose safety fears have blunted reopening efforts are next in line, and the governor has a new $2 billion plan aimed at getting kids back into classrooms over the next three months. “I’m an eternal optimist,” said G...
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California Supreme Court denies O.C. Board of Education petition to reopen campuses

The Orange County Board of Education’s bid to force California to re-open school campuses for in-person learning ended Wednesday when the California Supreme Court refused to hear the case. Board of Education President Ken Williams expressed disappointment with the ruling. “I am sorry that the state Supreme Court did not view that Governor Newsom has abused his emergency powers that are given to governors under a real healthcare crisis. Our families and children are suffering from not going to sc...
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Student-led group aims to make high school reading lists more diverse

Amid a new civil rights movement that has swept across the country, a group of high school students and recent grads struck on an idea earlier this year that might, in some small way, improve racial understanding. It was time, they said, to include more diverse authors in the curriculum for literature classes. About a half dozen Southern California young people recently formed Diversify Our Narrative, an organization dedicated to changing high school reading lists by petitioning individual distr...
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Teachers approve LAUSD distance-learning plans for start of classes next week

Los Angeles Unified teachers approved by 95% a labor agreement that outlines distance-learning procedures for the fall semester, which starts next week with campuses remaining closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The final vote among 15,726 ballots cast by UTLA members was announced late Friday. The agreement was backed by LAUSD Board of Education members unanimously on Tuesday, Aug. 11. With the approval of the United Teachers Los Angeles membership, the pact will remain in effect through De...
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Deal between LAUSD and teachers will set standard for distance learning

A tentative deal has been struck between Los Angeles Unified School District and the union representing 33,000 teachers detailing what will be required of educators under distance learning to begin later this month, the union and district officials said Monday, August 3. Union members and the Board of Education are expected to vote to ratify the the proposal this week. “We have all learned from our experiences with distance learning since March and we’ve applied what we learned to this agreement...
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Why now is the time for schools to change how they teach about race and diversity

How will schools look on the other side of this, the largest social revolt in U.S. history that has laid bare disparities throughout American culture, from law enforcement and beyond? Should new classes be added, history and social studies texts augmented? Or, in this moment, can the whole system be rebuilt in the name of a new awareness, the sudden realization by the majority population that what we have been taught wasn’t always the full story — starting with the myth that the Americas were no...
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LA County schools shuffle plans as Newsom orders campuses closed

For parents, teachers and especially school district administrators in Los Angeles County, the coronavirus pandemic has thrown them yet another curve ball. With just a month before classes were set to begin in many cases throughout the county offering a hybrid option — part distance, part in-person instruction — that choice has now been taken off the table. As long as cases of the novel coronavirus and hospitalizations stay high, campuses will not reopen in the fall for students in grades kinder...
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Why college reform will promote racial equality

I was very active politically in the 1960s, 70s, and the early 80s. Life became more difficult in the late 1980s with the arrival of a third child, and as I focused to publish enough to get tenure in a large Midwestern university. Today, as I look back on that time, I struggle with two perspectives about current anti-racist activism and about a continued anti-racist struggle in the academy. One of them is to believe that the current political reckoning over racism in the United States is differe...
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Why transforming higher education can promote racial equality

I was very active politically in the 1960s, 70s, and the early 80s. Life became more difficult in the late 1980s with the arrival of a third child, and as I focused to publish enough to get tenure in a large Midwestern university. Today, as I look back on that time, I struggle with two perspectives about current anti-racist activism and about a continued anti-racist struggle in the academy. One of them is to believe that the current political reckoning over racism in the United States is differe...
Tags: Books, Featured, California, College, US, Blog, Atlanta, History, United States, Ferguson, Black, Social Sciences, Board of Education, Shaw, Cheyney, Wisconsin Minnesota


Record number of LAUSD students learn online while school’s out for summer

A record 100,000 students are enrolled in Los Angeles Unified’s digital summer school, which started Monday, June 29, with enrichment classes designed in partnership with celebrity filmmakers, musicians and sports stars. This is the first time summer school has been made available to all students in the LAUSD, and Superintendent Austin Beutner said that’s because the district believes it may help mitigate learning loss due to the pandemic that forced schools to close back in March and transition...
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LA Unified chief calls to end school police use of pepper spray and policy allowing chokeholds

Los Angeles Unified Superintendent Austin Beutner said Monday, June 15 that he will recommend the district’s school board eliminate school police officers’ use of pepper spray and policies allowing carotid choke holds before the next academic year. He also tapped a small group of community members to help conduct a budget review of the Los Angeles school police, “to look at what is needed to keep schools safe as well as what students need to feel free from stigma,” and present concrete changes t...
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Orange County School of the Arts severs ties with Santa Ana Unified

The Orange County High School of the Arts will enter a new act, following a vote Wednesday, March 4 by the Orange County Department of Education to take the popular charter school under the county umbrella and grant it a five-year renewal. The vote was greeted with a standing ovation from some 150 parents and other school supporters who showed up at an Orange County Department of Education meeting in Costa Mesa. Many had become frustrated in recent months during a dispute between the school and ...
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Middle-schoolers at SAGE magnet in Sherman Oaks learn subjects from history to science with a social justice lens

Sixth-grader Abby Goff says he’s beginning to notice the perpetuation of gender stereotypes in movies, like when a male character fights another bad guy or when women are delineated to housework. It’s a sensitivity that many students don’t develop until taking critical theory courses in college. But Goff is learning it at SAGE, a social justice-themed magnet school program at Millikan Affiliated Charter Middle School in Sherman Oaks. The magnet — whose name stands for social and gender equity — ...
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Historic Mendez desegregation case gets its due in Westminster — where it started

As a girl, Sylvia Mendez and her brothers were barred from the local “white” school in Westminster because their family was of Mexican descent. How times have changed. Today, the Mendez family name is featured prominently in a sign outside the Westminster School District headquarters, and similar honors of their civil rights legacy are in the works. This month, district officials unveiled the monument outside their office, reading “In Honor of La Familia Mendez” with some more words about a laws...
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LAUSD board runoff election will bring new member to the panel

LOS ANGELES — Former Los Angeles Unified School District board member Jackie Goldberg will look to rejoin the seven-member panel Tuesday when she faces former teacher and mayoral aide Heather Repenning in a runoff election. Goldberg and Repenning are vying for the Board of Education seat left vacant by the resignation of Ref Rodriguez, who stepped down last July after pleading guilty to conspiracy and other charges for laundering campaign donations from family and friends. In the March 5 primary...
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Anti-tax group’s case against LAUSD parcel tax will be heard 2 days after June 4 election

LOS ANGELES – A judge on Thursday outlined what issues she will consider during a June hearing on a petition by the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association’s challenge to Measure EE, which would impose a parcel tax of 16 cents per square foot of building improvements on properties within the Los Angeles Unified School District. The Jarvis petition, filed Tuesday, had asked that a judge halt the June 4 parcel tax election, or that the county be barred from certifying the results of the vote. During T...
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Fight over LAUSD parcel tax heats up as district defends ballot language, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Assn. files lawsuit

Hoping to quell a recently arisen dispute over the ballot language of a parcel tax measure going before voters in June, the Los Angeles Unified School District board approved a resolution Tuesday affirming that the property tax levy would not include residential or commercial parking structures. Yet the move did little to appease groups opposing the measure — most notably the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, which filed a lawsuit Tuesday in an effort to block the June 4 election on the matte...
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Why the U.S. can’t replicate Finland’s educational success

Finland's success on international student assessment tests have left many wondering if the United States should adopt its education policies. However, Finland's educational system developed from a culture that maintains education as a fundamental right; the United States lacks such an acknowledgement. Unless the United States undergoes a drastic reassessment of its social contract, meaningful education reform will likely remain out of reach. None Can the United States replicate Finland's educat...
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Former LA Unified Superintendent Michelle King dies at age 57

LOS ANGELES — Former Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Michelle King died Saturday at the age of 57, the district announced. On behalf of the entire @LASchools family, we are deeply saddened to share that our beloved former Superintendent, Dr. Michelle King, has passed away. Words cannot begin to describe the sorrow we feel, the love we shared with – and for – Dr. King…https://t.co/4Nz9ydGlhL pic.twitter.com/I19nGg3d4o — L.A. Unified (@LASchools) February 3, 2019 “Words cann...
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A 9-day LAUSD teacher strike took a financial toll. Here are some numbers

The teacher strike that rocked LA’s public schools over nine days was definitely a blow to the second largest district in the nation. A bunch of numbers have been bandied about. But here’s a rundown on what we know about the financial blow to the Los Angeles Unified School District, and on a few other things, like whether teachers will take a financial hit for walking out. By Tuesday, the last day of the nine-day strike, an estimated $151.4 million was lost in state funding as a result of the n...
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LAUSD teachers strike, Day 5: Teachers head back to picket lines after marathon bargaining session overnight

LOS ANGELES – The union representing thousands of striking teachers and the Los Angeles Unified School District ended a marathon bargaining session early today and scheduled another round for later this morning in an effort to end a 5-day work stoppage — the first against the school district in 30 years. A negotiating session arranged in part by Mayor Eric Garcetti with an assist from state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond began at midday Thursday and ended at 12:04 this mornin...
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8 questions parents have about today’s LAUSD teachers strike

How long will the strike last? That’s the question parents, among others, are asking as a Los Angeles Unified teachers strike gets underway Monday. At this point, it’s anybody’s guess. As classes were slated to begin Monday morning, LAUSD teachers were out picketing rather than in the classroom. In response, district officials have been planning how to keep instruction going. But there are certainly challenges: L.A. Unified is massive, comprising more than 60,000 employees and 1,000 schools acro...
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​As LAUSD teachers strike nears, here are 7 things parents should know

Will they or won’t they? That’s the question parents, among others, have asked for the past week as a planned Los Angeles Unified teachers strike nears. The strike, currently planned for Thursday — though that could change — would mean the school district’s teachers would be out picketing rather than in the classroom. In response, district officials have been planning how to keep instruction going. But there are certainly challenges: L.A. Unified is massive, comprising more than 60,000 employees...
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