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LAUSD board hears arguments for and against cuts in police department

Activists supporting the Black Lives Matter movement took their arguments once again to the Los Angeles Unified School District on Tuesday, June 30, urging board members to “defund” the school district’s independent law enforcement agency. This time, the proposal aimed to slash funding for the district’s police force by 50%. The board had not taken a vote on the matter as of about 3 p.m. Tuesday, after going into closed session about 2:30 p.m., following hours of public testimony on the police i...
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LAUSD remains undecided about schools reopening this fall

Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Austin Beutner said Monday, June 29, that no decision has been made about students returning to school facilities amid the COVID-19 pandemic when the academic year starts Aug. 18, but he said officials are working on a plan. Beutner’s statements were presented along with a survey from LAUSD that showed 59% of families said they would be comfortable sending their child back to school for the fall semester, while 21% said they are uncertain and 20...
Tags: News, Education, California, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Southern California, State, Los Angeles County, LA County, San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles Unified School District, Austin Beutner, Beutner


As LA public schools plan for fall, calls grow for improved online learning

As the coronavirus pandemic shows little signs of slowing down, calls are growing for the Los Angeles Unified School District to improve upon a hastily launched system of online learning for the coming academic year. A report compiled by parent advocacy organization Speak Up found the district’s distance-learning program has been “inconsistent at best and discriminatory at worst.” The report added that live online instruction, mandatory grades and consistent scheduling are critical to online sch...
Tags: News, Education, California, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Ap, Soccer, Lausd, Southern California, San Fernando Valley, United Teachers Los Angeles, Austin Beutner, Newsom, Blevins, Hamilton High School


LA archbishop calls for support to keep America’s 6,000 Catholic schools open

LOS ANGELES — Archdiocese of Los Angeles Archbishop José H. Gómez called Wednesday for nationwide support to keep Catholic schools open, saying many around the country face permanent closure because of the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The archbishop’s views were expressed in his weekly column in the Arcodiocese’s multimedia news platform Angelus News and were made in the context of an expected ruling by the end of the month by the U.S. Supreme Court on education funding. RELATED ST...
Tags: News, Education, La, Religion, California News, America, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Catholic, Catholics, U S Supreme Court, Gomez, Jose H Gomez, U S Conference of Catholic Bishops, Catholic Schools


For 2 months, they’ve taught school from home. Check out these images from their challenging, new worlds

Photos by Keith Birmingham | Text by Ariella Plachta When doors to Southern California schools closed in mid-March, public school teachers were given anywhere from a couple days to a few hours of preparation for “distance learning” amid the burgeoning pandemic. Related links Coronavirus: LAUSD to start new school year in August, but whether classrooms reopen remains uncertain Remote learning is that much harder for LA County special education students Without in-person contact, support fo...
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Chorus grows among L.A. County school leaders for more reopening support

School leaders in Los Angeles County joined a growing chorus for more state and federal assistance Thursday, May 21, asserting that public school systems will struggle to safely reopen schools this fall without adequate funding. The appeals came in response to an announcement by state Superintendent Tony Thurmond that most California schools would reopen in August or September with public health modifications, ranging from face masks to staggered playtime and smaller class sizes, but need federa...
Tags: News, Education, California, Cdc, La, Sport, Soccer, Beverly Hills, Ventura County, Usc, Taco Bell, Gavin Newsom, Los Angeles County, Center for Disease Control, LA County, Hermosa Beach


Coronavirus economy could cost LAUSD $500 million

The coronavirus economy will deliver a $507 million hit for Los Angeles Unified’s coming academic year, officials said on Tuesday, May 19, at the district’s first board meeting since the outbreak forced campuses to shutter. District Chief Financial Officer David Hart offered the grim post-pandemic budget projections for the nation’s second largest school district, which he said was already operating with a structural deficit and facing declining enrollment. According to his projection, L.A. Unif...
Tags: Budget, News, Education, California, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, City Council, Local News, Gavin Newsom, Garcia, Hart, LA County, David Hart


Coronavirus: LAUSD to start new school year in August, but whether classrooms reopen remains uncertain

The next academic year for Los Angeles public school students will begin mid-August — after two months of virtual summer school — but whether the fall begins online or in physical classrooms remains unclear, L.A. school district officials said Monday, May 4. Open enrollment summer session will begin in mid-June, said Superintendent Austin Beutner during his weekly update  launched after schools were forced to shutter for the coronavirus pandemic. “The 2020-21 school year starts on August 18,” sa...
Tags: News, Education, California, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, Ucla, Gavin Newsom, Disney World, San Fernando Valley, Medi Cal, Austin Beutner, Beutner


What will replace traditional grad ceremonies lost to the pandemic? LA area schools are working it out

Frances Suavillo knows the feelings of disappointment among the Class of 2020 well. She’s been tasked with surveying high school seniors on their alternative graduation preferences as the student representative on the Los Angeles Unified school board. She’s also the first member of her family to graduate high school in the U.S., one who won’t get the opportunity to celebrate all her academic accomplishments that led to an acceptance to Stanford University this fall. “Oh it’s been absolutely hear...
Tags: Education, California, La, Los Angeles, Barack Obama, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, Stanford University, County, John Krasinski, Austin Beutner, Beutner, Nick Melvoin, Top Stories LADN


No tuition refunds, USC says; 2nd summer session moves online

USC’s second summer session will be held online as uncertainty continues over the future of state and county stay-at-home orders, the university’s provost said Tuesday, April 28, while also announcing that no tuition refunds will be provided for the spring or summer sessions. “While this is not the semester any of us envisioned, we are continuing to provide a high-quality education, ensure academic progress towards degree, and offer a robust learning environment,” USC Provost Charles Zukoski wro...
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As food lines grow, L.A. Unified marks 10 million meals served to families amid coronavirus closures

At least 10 million meals have been distributed to children and adults in need of assistance in the wake of school closures amid the coronavirus pandemic, Los Angeles Unified School District officials said Monday, April 20. The milestone comes five weeks after campuses shuttered. As reports show unprecedented numbers of job losses amid L.A. stay-at-home orders and business shutdowns, lines continue to grow at the district’s dozens of “Grab and Go” meal sites. At San Fernando High School on Monda...
Tags: News, Education, La, Sport, Soccer, Red Cross, Mcdonalds, Lausd, Usc, Southern California, Netanyahu, LA County, Los Angeles Unified School District, Austin Beutner, Beutner, UTLA


With schools and daycare centers shut, childcare providers warn of influx if workplaces reopen

At the Child Development Consortium childcare center in Van Nuys, about 20 children attend per day and five more are slated to join. Executive director of the CDC Los Angeles Lisa Wilkin said more parents are itching to get back to work, which could mean more children at her 11 centers. As local health authorities hint at easing COVID-19 pandemic stay-at-home orders in the coming weeks, childcare and early education professionals warn of an increase in need for childcare as workplaces gradually ...
Tags: Education, California, La, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, Ucla, Woods, Wilkin, Alhambra, Weisberg, LA County, Garcetti, Van Nuys, OEC


How your Zoom meeting can avoid ‘Zoom-bombs’ of porn and profanity

As Californians have stayed home to avoid spreading the coronavirus, many have stayed connected to their campuses, workplaces or government meetings through videoconferencing. But trouble has followed. Loopholes in the most popular videoconferencing software, Zoom, have allowed trolls to insert pornographic videos into city council meetings, profanity and racism into high school classes and more. A screen grab from a video shows a March 31, 2020, Laguna Beach City Council meeting. Security fla...
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Amid coronavirus, UTLA’s push against L.A. charter school co-locations is staying its course

Amid unprecedented school upheaval during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Los Angeles teacher’s union fight against campus-sharing agreements between charter and district schools stayed firmly on course to the outcry of charter advocates. The ongoing pressure campaign was on display in a socially-distanced demonstration at Shirley Elementary in Reseda on Tuesday morning, April 14, as teachers in masks stood six feet apart and protested a plan to open a new privately operated public school on their ca...
Tags: News, Education, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Kansas City, LA County, San Fernando Valley, CWC, West Valley, Austin Beutner, Alex Caputo Pearl, Reseda, Beutner


Amid coronavirus, UTLA push against L.A. charter school co-locations is staying course

Amid unprecedented school upheaval during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Los Angeles teacher’s union fight against campus-sharing agreements between charter and district schools stayed firmly on course to the outcry of charter advocates. The ongoing pressure campaign was on display in a socially-distanced demonstration at Shirley Elementary in Reseda on Tuesday morning, April 14, as teachers in masks stood six feet apart and protested a plan to open a new privately operated public school on their ca...
Tags: News, Education, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Kansas City, LA County, San Fernando Valley, CWC, West Valley, Austin Beutner, Alex Caputo Pearl, Reseda, Beutner


LA school campuses will remain shuttered for entire school year, says Superintendent

Los Angeles public school campuses will remain closed for the remainder of the school year and students will learn remotely through summer school, L.A. Unified officials said Monday, April 13. Superintendent Austin Beutner made the announcement in a live-streamed COVID-19 update from his home on the first day back from spring break, where he discussed virtual graduations, grades and a distance learning agreement with United Teachers Los Angeles. The move came weeks after recommendations to close...
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LA school campuses will remain shuttered for remainder of school year, says Superintendent Beutner

Los Angeles public school campuses will remain shuttered for the remainder of the school year and students will learn remotely through summer school, amid the ongoing novel coronavirus epidemic, L.A. Unified officials said Monday, April 13. Superintendent Austin Beutner made the announcement in a livestreamed coronavirus update from his home, where he also discussed graduations, grades and an agreement outlining terms of distance learning with teachers union United Teachers Los Angeles. “It’s be...
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Essential work, layoffs and a cancer diagnosis: LA families juggle remote school with COVID-19

In the northeast San Fernando Valley, three families are keeping in close touch with one kindergarten teacher as they navigate lives upended by the coronavirus pandemic. They are drug store workers, a hospital receptionist, a laid off mechanic and a landscaper. With schools shuttered for a month, they are juggling kids with schoolwork to do at home alongside sometimes grueling work schedules of their own and, in one case, a cancer diagnosis. Their circumstances typify that of many families in Lo...
Tags: Google, Education, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Angel, Lausd, Chatsworth, Local News, Stephen, Chris, Walgreen, Daniel, Burbank, Levinson


Coronavirus: LA County education officials call for release of nonviolent offenders in juvenile hall

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles County education officials passed a resolution calling for the immediate release of students detained in juvenile halls and camps to protect their health and well-being in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, it was announced Wednesday. The resolution advocates for the release of students currently incarcerated or awaiting trial who are nonviolent offenders, have compromised immune systems or underlying health conditions, are nearing the end of their camp placement and who p...
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Legendary San Pedro football coach dies after testing positive for coronavirus

Mary Star of the Sea High School’s long-retired, legendary football coach Joe Radisich, Sr., died Wednesday night, March 25, after testing positive for the novel coronavirus, according to his son. He was 84. His son, longshoreman and former Los Angeles harbor Commissioner Joe Radisich, Jr., said his father  became ill about a week ago and already was battling a number of other health problems. He was admitted to Providence Little Company of Mary Hospital, in San Pedro, for what was believed to b...
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LAUSD to offer more tech help to families as school closures extended through May amid coronavirus spread

Los Angeles Unified School District Supt. Austin Beutner said Monday that schools will remain closed through May 1, following school closures across California to help hamper spread of the coronavirus outbreak. In a live-streamed announcement Beutner said the district estimated one half of the district’s nearly 600,000 students continued to learn at the same pace as the would be in the classroom last week, with one-quarter “doing okay” and another quarter not receiving adequate learning opportun...
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LAUSD vows more tech help for families as school closures extend through May amid coronavirus spread

Los Angeles Unified School District Supt. Austin Beutner said Monday, March 23 that schools will remain closed through May 1, following the first week of closures to help hamper spread of the coronavirus outbreak, and that the district will ramp up efforts to streamline online learning for its nearly 600,000 students. Beutner said the district is committed to providing a laptop or tablet device and internet connection for every student, along with training for teachers and families, to better su...
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Coronavirus forces LA community colleges to go online

Los Angeles Community College District is shifting all courses online across its nine campuses beginning March 18, in response to the coronavirus, officials said Wednesday. Chancellor Francisco C. Rodriguez said the action was “out of an abundance of caution and out of an abundance of caution to protect the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff and to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.” The action comes as health officials reported Los Angeles County’s first novel coronavirus-r...
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Program helps students learn to set goals by competing at LA Marathon

When Students Run Los Angeles launched in 1989, 225 runners representing 30 schools strapped on their running shoes and charged into the LA Marathon. This year, 3,200 students from 87 schools and cadet groups created their own crowd for the race. SRLA — founded by educators Eric Spears, Harry Shahezian and Paul Trapani — aims to give students in underprivileged communities a leg up via running. The missions: Help students set goals, work toward achieving them — and finish what they start (even i...
Tags: News, Education, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Gutierrez, Lakeview, East Los Angeles, Spears, Jimenez, Marc, Sylmar, David Rice, LA Marathon, Top Stories LADN


Downey school tackles LA Marathon to boost Catholic education

St. Pius X-St. Matthias Academy in Downey, a small Catholic high school that services 411 students in grades 9-12, has seen multiple local families experience financial hardships, school officials said. Catholic Education Foundation came to the aid of many families at the school, as well as other parochial schools across the Los Angeles area, funding partial scholarships of up to $2,000 per student to help them send their children to Catholic schools.  At St. Pius X, 46% of  students receive fin...
Tags: News, Education, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Catholic, Local News, Downey, Barba, Catholic Education Foundation, CEF, LA Marathon, St Pius, Hollywood High, Top Stories LADN


$50 million settlement OK’d to improve state’s student literacy

A judge approved the settlement of a lawsuit that will establish a $50 million grant program to improve literacy instruction in schools statewide on Thursday, Feb. 20. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Rupert Byrdsong’s action brought a final resolution to the case filed by the plaintiffs in December 2017. The plaintiffs maintained that the state constitution requires that all public school students have basic reading and writing instruction. Funding for the settlement of the lawsuit is included ...
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Delta sued again over jet fuel dumped on LA-area schools

LOS ANGELES — Delta Air Lines is facing a lawsuit from three students at Pioneer High School in Whittier who claim they experienced symptoms such as emotional distress, skin irritation, dizziness, and nausea from jet fuel dumped on their school by a Delta airplane. The lawsuit was filed on Friday at the Spring Street Courthouse. It is the second lawsuit filed against the airline after Delta Flight 89 released thousands of gallons of jet fuel over parts of Los Angeles County, prompting hazardous-...
Tags: Lawsuit, News, Education, La, China, Los Angeles, Sport, Fbi, Public Health, Soccer, Airplanes, Shanghai, Delta, San Diego, Riverside County, Boeing


LAUSD board member under investigation for possible misreporting of personal finances

The California Fair Political Practices Commission is investigating Los Angeles Unified School District board member Scott Schmerelson for a potential violation of economic disclosure regulations, as the West San Fernando Valley board member campaigns for reelection. The commission is looking at discrepancies in Schmerelson’s disclosure of personal investments in tobacco corporate giant Altria Group. Financial disclosure forms appear to raise questions about when he first purchased the stock and...
Tags: Politics, Education, La, Walmart, Sport, Netflix, Soccer, Mcdonalds, Lausd, Local News, Altria, Los Angeles Unified School District, Scott Schmerelson, Schmerelson, FPPC, California Fair Political Practices Commission


End of the Decade: Superintendent turnover, labor unrest marked a tumultuous decade for LAUSD

Hundreds of other LAUSD teachers collect picket signs and other materials outside UTLA’s office as they prepare for a possible strike, in Los Angeles on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2018. UTLA will meet with LAUSD on Monday for one last negotiation to avert a strike. (Photo by Trevor Stamp, Contributing Photographer) Charter school supporters rally Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, in front of LAUSD headquarters before the school board meets to consider a resolution calling for limits on charter growth as part of...
Tags: Education, California, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, Eric Garcetti, King, Southern California, City Hall, Aliso Canyon, San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles Daily News, Los Angeles Unified


LAUSD’s Measure EE faces ‘tough road’ if turnout is low in June, polls say

A new poll indicates Measure EE is likely to fail if voter turnout on June 4 is as low as expected in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Probolsky Research’s poll suggests a higher-than-average turnout would make the district’s proposed parcel tax competitive, but if turnout drops too much, the measure will struggle to reach the necessary two-thirds majority. That doesn’t mean there isn’t a chance, according to Adam Probolsky, the company’s president. “People are persuadable,” he said. “Th...
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