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LAUSD’s Spanish-speaking parents engage candidates in forum ahead of school board special election

With the stakes high for whoever might take over the Los Angeles Unified School District Board’s District 5 seat in March, nine candidates for the seat faced parents Wednesday night in a forum that gave them a chance to weigh in on issues parents care about. For some parents, the event left a little more to be desired for lack of attention to issues like charters schools in the wake of a massive teacher strike underpinned by the issue. What did get attention was how school board hopefuls plan to...
Tags: News, Education, California, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, City Council, Local News, Eric Garcetti, Gavin Newsom, Ortiz, LMU, Goldberg, Rodriguez, Los Feliz, Eagle Rock


The L.A. teacher strike may be over, but observers warn there’s no ‘clear path forward’ for how LAUSD can afford its new contract

By Taylor Swaak | LA School Report The L.A. Unified school board has approved a contract with its teachers union that officials admit they can’t fully afford, calling the deal’s sustainability into question as the district receives repeated warnings from the county that it’s in severe financial straits. To shoulder about $840 million in added costs through 2021, district officials say they’re largely relying on more state funding and a 2020 California tax referendum — neither of which are guaran...
Tags: News, Education, California, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Aclu, Lausd, Jim Morris, Johnson, Local News, Smith, Usc, Gavin Newsom, Morris, Legislative


For the first time in 6 years, California names its lowest-performing schools. Is yours on the list?

By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | LA School Report For the first time in six years, California has released the names of its lowest-performing schools. The 780 schools are in the bottom 5 percent of public K-12 schools as measured by the state’s new accountability tool, the California School Dashboard, and require “comprehensive school improvement.” The state also identified about 859 other schools that need “targeted assistance” because they are struggling to adequately serve particular groups of st...
Tags: News, Education, California, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, state Department of Education, Litt, LA school, California Department of Education, Hahnel, California School Dashboard, Carrie Hahnel, Seth Litt


LAUSD parents are feeling betrayed and ‘extremely hurt’ as the push to limit charter growth begins

By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | LA School Report Parents who have children in charter schools said they are feeling betrayed and “ready to fight back” in the wake of a Los Angeles Unified School District vote earlier this week calling for a moratorium on new charters in the giant school system. Families, teachers and students from Los Angeles’s independent charter schools turned out by the thousands Tuesday to urge school board members to reject a resolution calling for a moratorium on new charters...
Tags: News, Education, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Romania, Lausd, UC Davis, Guatemala, Local News, Gavin Newsom, High Tech, Ponce, Garcia, Sun Valley


California School Dashboard gets an online upgrade. But for school accountability, has it gone far enough?

By Taylor Swaak, LA School Report The much-anticipated redesign of California’s maligned school dashboard is live — but some education advocates aren’t convinced it went far enough to improve usability for parents. The California School Dashboard is a state-run platform that rates districts, schools and student groups on indicators such as test scores and student suspensions — and, as of this month, chronic absenteeism and college/career readiness — on a scale of five colors: red (the worst) to ...
Tags: News, Education, California, La, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Jerry Brown, Local News, Education Trust, Litt, LA school, California Board of Education, Education Commission of the States, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories Breeze


West Valley residents weigh in on LAUSD study to turn district sites into housing for homeless youth, families

A push to study whether Los Angeles public schools can house homeless students and their families is drawing fierce pushback from some West Valley residents, who say their area is too residential — and becoming even more so with major developments in the pipeline — for such an effort. More than 200 residents packed a room at the American Legion Hall in Woodland Hills Wednesday night, with the overflow spilling outside despite the pouring rain during what was the first community meeting since the...
Tags: News, Education, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, City Council, Pasadena, Local News, Platt, Valley, Walker, Winnetka, Woodland Hills, LA County


Telfair Elementary: The heart of LAUSD’s homeless crisis could become ground zero for change

By Taylor Swaak, LA School Report If LA Unified’s growing student homeless crisis had an epicenter, Telfair Elementary in the northeast San Fernando Valley would be it. Last year the school had the highest percentage of homeless students; so far this year, it’s tied for first place. And as the district explores expanding support for its estimated 16,000 homeless students, Telfair could be first in line for help — and a model for the rest of LA Unified. The school board in November passed a resol...
Tags: School, News, Education, California, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Homeless, Lausd, Times, Local News, Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles Times, LA Times, LA County


Could LAUSD house homeless students and families?

By Taylor Swaak, LA School Report LA Unified’s school board voted Tuesday to study using district property to house homeless students and their families, despite split public opinion. In a 4-1 vote with one abstention, school board members approved a resolution giving Superintendent Austin Beutner six months to research the feasibility of using district sites to: Allow overnight parking for homeless students and families, in collaboration with the Safe Parking L.A. program,Provide overnight shel...
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LAUSD chief Austin Beutner wants to bring local control, family involvement to schools

“Decision-making should be closer to the school site, to the teachers,” said LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner. “They have the strongest relationship with students and families.” (File photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | LA School Report Six months after taking over as the Los Angeles Unified School District’s superintendent and vowing to bring change, Austin Beutner is weeks away from unveiling his strategic plan for the nation’s second-largest sc...
Tags: News, Education, La, Angels, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, Los Angeles Times, Jones, Fafsa, Ernst Young, Los Angeles Daily News, David Crane


LA County to LAUSD: Drop in financial reserves ‘continues to be alarming’

Laura Greanias, LA School Report LA Unified’s budget has been approved for now by its county overseers, but they gave the district a new deadline for it to address its structural deficit or face a takeover. In a  delivered late Thursday, the Los Angeles County Office of Education said the district’s continued use of deficit spending — meaning it is eating into its savings to cover its operating costs  — has led to a “drastic” drop in its financial reserves and “continues to be alarming.” “LAUSD ...
Tags: News, Education, La, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, Valley, LA County, United Teachers Los Angeles, Austin Beutner, LA school, Houlihan, UTLA, LA Unified, Top Stories LADN


The ‘discipline gap’ for blacks in California schools remains as wide as ever

By Mario Koran, LA School Report Between 2011 and 2017, out-of-school suspensions in California fell 46 percent, and the rate of suspensions dropped by more than a third. That students are suspended less frequently is welcome news for civil rights advocates who’ve long been concerned about the fact that certain groups — black students, foster youth, and students with disabilities, in particular — are far more likely to face suspension than their peers. This disparity is often referred to as the ...
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The clock is ticking: LAUSD board members have 60 days to decide how to fill Ref Rodriguez’s seat

By Mario Koran, LA School Report The ouster of Los Angeles Unified School District board member Ref Rodriguez — who resigned Monday after pleading guilty to money-laundering charges — means the remaining board members must now decide when and how to replace him. They have 60 days to decide a path forward, and the clock is ticking. Right now, board members have three options, said LA Unified’s general counsel David Holmquist: They can appoint someone to serve out the remainder of Rodriguez’s term...
Tags: News, Education, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Los Angeles City Council, LA Times, Rodriguez, Los Angeles Unified School District, United Teachers Los Angeles, Alex Caputo Pearl, LA school, UTLA, San Diego Unified, LA Unified


Disgraced charter school exec pleads guilty to criminal money laundering, resigns from LA school board

Ref Rodriguez ran a big-money campaign to be the first representative of a charter school to be elected to LA's public school board; the money came from the deep-pocketed investors in charter schools, and was criminally laundered with Rodriguez's help and led to him being made president of LA's board of ed. (more…)
Tags: Post, Business, Corruption, Crime, News, Education, La, Fraud, Rodriguez, LA school, Charter Schools, Ref Rodriguez, The Invisible Hand Picking The Public's Pocket


As LA Unified preps $7.4 billion budget, pensions, not enrollment declines, are ‘eating up’ costs, study says

By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | LA School Report To plug a budget hole without increasing class sizes, LA Unified will cut or reassign nearly 500 positions. But fewer than 70 people will actually lose their jobs. Those are highlights of the new $7.4 billion budget, which will be presented to the public next Tuesday and approved by the school board the same day. The budget is slightly lower than last year’s, which was $7.5 billion. “The 15 percent in central office reduction has to be solid in order...
Tags: News, Education, California, La, Uncategorized, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Jerry Brown, Brown, Los Angeles County, McKenna, CSUN, Scott Schmerelson, United Teachers Los Angeles, LA school


Is LA Unified too slow to help its neediest students?

By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | LA School Report Two reports released Tuesday, June 7, urged the Los Unified School District to start making tough choices to boost student achievement and to move faster in delivering more funds to the schools serving the neediest students. The first study found that LA Unified has been slow to get increased state funding to the schools serving students with the highest needs, particularly in elementary and middle schools. The fourth annual “Report Card Progress in ...
Tags: News, Education, Uncategorized, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Oakland, UC Berkeley, Denver, United Way, San Fernando Valley, Austin Beutner, LA school, Local Control Funding Formula, Beutner


Education emerging as key issue in governor’s race while Villaraigosa and Cox battle behind front-runner Newsom

By David Cantor | The 74 In February 2015, barely three months after he was elected to a second term as California’s lieutenant governor, Gavin Newsom announced he would run for governor in 2018. The one-time mayor of San Francisco, where his dash and early support of gay marriage made him a high-profile hero on the left, raised millions for his campaign long before another candidate entered the race. He has never trailed, and will likely remain the front-runner heading into next month’s “jungle...
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Education emerging as key issue in governor’s race while Villaraigois and Cox battle behind front-runner Newsom

By David Cantor | The 74 In February 2015, barely three months after he was elected to a second term as California’s lieutenant governor, Gavin Newsom announced he would run for governor in 2018. The one-time mayor of San Francisco, where his dash and early support of gay marriage made him a high-profile hero on the left, raised millions for his campaign long before another candidate entered the race. He has never trailed, and will likely remain the front-runner heading into next month’s “jungle...
Tags: News, Education, Congress, California, La, New York City, Uncategorized, America, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Barack Obama, Sport, Cta, Netflix, Soccer, Gop


For new LAUSD chief Austin Beutner, the first day of school is Tuesday. First up, the budget

By Laura Greanias | LA School Report Austin Beutner’s first day on the job as LA Unified’s superintendent is going to be a long day of listening and learning. He starts before dawn Tuesday at a bus yard and ends with an evening parent meeting. But he’s also intent on helping parents and the greater Los Angeles community learn about the behemoth that is LA Unified. And he’s starting with maybe the biggest nut of all: the budget. Last week and again Monday, Beutner met with Chief Financial Officer...
Tags: News, Education, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, SEIU, Local News, Committee, Cancun, CSU, Sun Valley, San Fernando Valley, Austin Beutner, LA school, Beutner


How a mom helped her son with ADHD shine by getting the most out of his Individualized Education Plan

By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | LA School Report Lia Martin’s 10-year-old son, Taylor, used to be two years behind grade level and didn’t want to go to school. Now he’s a year ahead in both math and English language arts — plus his teachers helped him discover his artistic talent and he is representing his classroom in an LA Unified art contest. To help Taylor, who has been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Martin said she followed her “mother’s instinct” but also learned how...
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LA parent voice: How a mom helped her son with ADHD shine by getting the most out of his Individualized Education Plan

By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | LA School Report Lia Martin’s 10-year-old son, Taylor, used to be two years behind grade level and didn’t want to go to school. Now he’s a year ahead in both math and English language arts — plus his teachers helped him discover his artistic talent and he is representing his classroom in an LA Unified art contest. To help Taylor, who has been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Martin said she followed her “mother’s instinct” but also learned how...
Tags: News, Education, California, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Rick Santorum, Kansas, Local News, Taylor, Einstein, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Martin, Michigan State, Golden State


LAUSD approves expensive health benefits contract but vows to be tougher in negotiations going forward

By Mike Szymanski, LA School Report Despite parents’ pleas to deal now with a coming deficit that could require huge cuts, a narrow majority of LA Unified’s school board on Tuesday approved a new contract that commits the district to paying for its employees’ generous health benefits at current levels for the next three years. The contract passed 4-2, with board members Nick Melvoin and Ref Rodriguez casting no votes. The eight labor unions covered by the contract — representing 60,000 employees...
Tags: Politics, News, Education, California, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Healthcare, Lausd, Local News, Golden State, Rodriguez, Scott Schmerelson, United Teachers Los Angeles, LA school


Shirley Ford, passionate Los Angeles education advocate and co-founder of Parent Revolution, dies at 69

From LA School Report   Shirley Ford, 69, a Los Angeles mother who helped pass California’s landmark “parent trigger” legislation and made an indelible mark in the national movement for high-quality schools for underserved communities, died Sunday after battling cancer, eliciting an outpouring of tributes in California and throughout the country. Ford’s dogged search for good schools for her two boys was the beginning of her fight for educational justice, ensuring that all families — no matter t...
Tags: Education, California, La, Uncategorized, Los Angeles, Sport, Austin, Soccer, United States, Obituaries, Ford, Tennessee, Obituary, Lausd, Shirley, Local News


LAUSD will use same search firm to find new superintendent, but it gets a break on the cost

By Mike Szymanski, LA School Report The LA Unified school board is set to confirm the same search firm that helped them pick Michelle King as superintendent in 2016, which will save the district at least $160,000. In the contract signed last time with Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates of Rosemont, Ill., there was a two-year window clause that says, “If the Superintendent departs from the position during the first year under any circumstances or within (2) years if the majority of the Board is st...
Tags: News, Education, California, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, San Diego, Lausd, Illinois, Local News, King, Anaheim, Golden State, Michelle King, LA school


One desired outcome for new LAUSD superintendent: A little disruption, say board members

By Mike Szymanski, LA School Report In the context of the search for its next superintendent, LA Unified’s school board is asking existential questions about how hard it should be pushing to disrupt the status quo in a system that serves more than 700,000 students. While none of the conversations came particularly full-circle in a special meeting of the board this week, a variety of ideas were thrown out about the future of a system that continues to grapple with achievement, equity, and operati...
Tags: Politics, News, Education, California News, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, South Bay, McKenna, San Fernando Valley, Michelle King, LA school, LA Unified, Nick Melvoin


Watchdogs warn LAUSD’s health deal is not aggressive enough in reining in costs

By Mike Szymanski, LA School Report A tentative agreement on health benefits marks the first time an LA Unified labor contract has directly taken on the district’s soaring healthcare costs. But watchdogs say the deal doesn’t go far enough in tackling the district’s standing debt — and some school board members warn it may actually make the next round of negotiations all that more difficult. The district’s promise not to make any cuts to existing benefits in the next three years shows how slowly ...
Tags: Business, News, Education, California, Kaiser Permanente, Uncategorized, Los Angeles, Sport, Chicago, Austin, Soccer, Healthcare, Lausd, Local News, Detroit, Golden State


LAUSD schools are in for a record windfall of cash, but the good times might not last long. Here’s why

The California governor’s new budget proposes giving more to schools than ever before — $78.3 billion — but it’s not going to keep LA Unified from driving off its fiscal cliff in three years, according to the district’s chief financial officer. With steady enrollment declines and crushing pension debt, the district faces a $5.1 billion deficit by the 2020-21 school year. Even with Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed infusion of money from the state, LA Unified’s deficit will still be $3.3 billion in thr...
Tags: News, Education, California, Uncategorized, Sacramento, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Jerry Brown, Brown, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, LA school, LA Unified, Nick Melvoin, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories OCR


California inflated its high school graduation rate by 2%, federal audit finds

By Mark Keierleber, LA School Report California education leaders inflated the state’s high school graduation rate by 2 percentage points in 2014, according to the results of a federal audit announced Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Education. The Department’s Office of Inspector General found that California education officials inaccurately calculated its graduation rate and failed to provide “reasonable assurance” that reported graduation rates were accurate. Investigators found the Califo...
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DACA’s LA Dreamers descend on DC with a message for Congress: It’s not too late

By Esmeralda Fabián Romero Los Angeles’ Luis Tadeo sent his DACA renewal application Tuesday from Washington, D.C., where this week he and 30 other California undocumented youth have gathered with an urgent goal: Get Congress to pass a “clean” Dream Act by Friday. Tadeo traveled with a group of Californians, mostly college students, organized by the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles. They have joined about 300 other Dreamers from across the country who are working this week to...
Tags: News, Supreme Court, Education, Congress, California, Washington, Mexico, La, White House, Uncategorized, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sport, Soccer, United States, Lausd


LAUSD to begin search for leader ASAP, as King retires

LA Unified’s school board can begin the search for a new superintendent immediately, the district’s lead attorney said this week, and the board president said members will hold weekly discussions as they move to bring stability to a district that has had nine superintendents in 20 years. The school board held its first meeting of the new year Tuesday without any public discussion of Superintendent Michelle King’s announcement last week that she will retire or what the next steps might be. But in...
Tags: News, Education, California, New York City, Uncategorized, Sport, Chicago, Soccer, Lausd, Eric Garcetti, King, Garcia, Michelle King, LA school, LA Unified, Top Stories LADN


‘Disappointing but not surprising’ — California’s ESSA plan gets some of the harshest feedback yet from Washington

By Mike Szymanski, LA School Report California’s plan to improve its schools received some of the toughest criticism in the nation from the federal Department of Education, which came as no surprise to parents and education advocates, who will get another chance this week to tell the state how they want their schools improved. On Tuesday, the state has invited to the public to a stakeholder meeting in Sacramento to weigh in on California’s response to the federal feedback, which the state board ...
Tags: News, Education, California, Washington, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Department Of Education, Essa, Golden State, Litt, Children Now, LA school, California Department of Education



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