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LAUSD teachers strike, Day 2: Beutner urges teachers to get back to classroom, says district lost $25 million on first day of walkout

As thousands of Los Angeles Unified School District teachers headed back to the picket lines Tuesday, the district’s chief urged teachers and their union to come back to the classroom, and made a plea for a renewed effort to seek funding from Sacramento to meet teachers’ demands. “Our students are best served with an educator in every classroom,” said LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner in a morning news conference. “We need our educators back in our classrooms, helping to inspire our students.”...
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LAUSD teachers strike, Day 2: Here’s what’s happening today

Thousands of Los Angeles Unified School District teachers were headed to the picket lines Tuesday for a second day of striking over demands for smaller class size, a pay hike and more resources in local classrooms. After two years of negotiations that found little common ground between the teachers union and district, thousands of teachers made good on a threat to strike on Monday — the first district walkout since 1989. They formed picket lines outside schools across the vast district and conve...
Tags: News, Education, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, Eric Garcetti, Gavin Newsom, Los Angeles County, Wilmington, South Los Angeles, San Pedro High School, Gipson, SAG AFTRA


With LAUSD’s teachers ready to strike, Southern California school districts are watching

As nearly 30,000 teachers stand ready to take to the picket lines in the Los Angeles Unified School district on Monday, districts from the Inland Empire to Orange County will be watching. The strike might not inspire copycats, but the issues that have been brewing in L.A. —from class size to salary to the growth of charter schools to rising pension costs — are ringing familiar in places like San Bernardino, Santa Ana, San Gabriel Valley and other districts that neighbor the nation’s second large...
Tags: News, Education, California, La, Los Angeles, West Virginia, Sport, Soccer, United States, Lausd, Local News, Orange County, Southern California, San Pedro, San Bernardino, U S Supreme Court


LAUSD teachers went on strike in 1989. But are the stakes higher in 2019?

Whether they were stuck in an auditorium or playing long-term hooky, many a school kid old enough to remember the 1989 Los Angeles teachers strike recalls the period as nine days of good old-fashioned lawlessness. Quoted in a New York Times article at the time, LAPD Lieut. Frank Valdez expressed his concern about “little predators” roaming LA’s downtown streets. “The problem kids are not going to go to school and it’s going to create problems all over, not just on campus,” he said during the str...
Tags: News, Education, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Glendale, New York Times, Lausd, Local News, Ucla, Perez, Feb, Valley, Burbank, California Teachers Association


Anticipated LA Unified strike has some parents planning to pull their kids out of school

It was nearly 30 years ago when Yanina Nunez was a student during the last Los Angeles Unified School District strike. She was a third grader at Harbor Elementary School. Nunez remembers the nine-day strike in 1989 as chaotic. “They would send us from one class to another,” she said. “There wasn’t a lot of supervision, they would just cram us in the auditorium. We would just get there and do nothing.” Now a parent of two, Nunez doesn’t want her children to go through the same experience she did,...
Tags: Facebook, Education, Sport, Soccer, Sharp, Lausd, Johnson, Local News, Los Angeles Unified School District, Van Nuys, Stephanie Johnson, United Teachers Los Angeles, Lomita, Nunez, Eric Sharp, UTLA


LAUSD strike update: Day 2 of renewed talks go nowhere, union president says

The second round of last-ditch talks between Los Angeles Unified and the teachers union as they try to avert a strike stalled Wednesday, according to union officials. The strike is now planned for Monday, Jan. 14, union officials announced earlier Wednesday. The strike was scheduled for Thursday. “Today in bargaining,” union President Alex Caputo Pearl said Wednesday evening, “we did not see seriousness on the part of the school district to try and resolve our contract struggle.” Related Artic...
Tags: Education, Uncategorized, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, District, LA County, Austin Beutner, Alex Caputo Pearl, Beutner, UTLA, LA Metro, LA Unified


As LA Unified pushes new legal bid to postpone strike, parents and teachers make their picket signs in North Hollywood

On a street corner in North Hollywood, dozens of LAUSD elementary school students held handmade picket signs and chanted “Class size matters” or “We support teachers” to honking passersby on Sunday, as the teachers union said that its Jan. 10 strike date may be prolonged to Jan. 14 by a new legal offensive filed by the district. “UTLA goes to court proactively this week to scuttle his third attempt at an injunction, based on a disingenuous claim that UTLA did not give sufficient notice of our in...
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As LAUSD pushes new legal bid to postpone strike, parents and teachers make their picket signs in North Hollywood

On a street corner in North Hollywood, dozens of Los Angeles Unified elementary school students held handmade picket signs and chanted “Class size matters” or “We support teachers” to honking passersby on Sunday, as the teachers union said that its Jan. 10 strike date may be prolonged to Jan. 14 by a new legal offensive filed by the district. “UTLA goes to court proactively this week to scuttle his third attempt at an injunction, based on a disingenuous claim that UTLA did not give sufficient no...
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As 2019 chimes in, LAUSD board members urge teachers to seek compromise and avoid strike

Los Angeles Unified School District board members joined the chief of schools on Wednesday to usher in the new year with a plea to union teachers to get back to the bargaining table. In some of their first public comments on the issue since a Jan. 10 strike date was set, district trustees urged compromise and a settlement to a fierce contract dispute mired in back-and-forth public posturing over Twitter and through other public comments. If the parties fail to reach an agreement before next Thur...
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LAUSD hires hundreds of substitute staffers as teachers prepare to strike

As leaders of Los Angeles Unified School District and United Teachers Los Angeles remain locked in an impasse over a new contract, the district has hired hundreds of substitute staffers to replace picketing educators in the event of a potential strike come Jan. 10. The districts’ preliminary move, alongside the union’s strike preparations, is a sign of the increasing likelihood of a the strike that would be LAUSD’s first since 1989 and stands to impact the daily operations of hundreds of schools...
Tags: News, Education, La, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, Valley, PTA, Austin Beutner, Alex Caputo Pearl, Beutner, Caputo, UTLA, LA Unified, Top Stories LADN


Teachers union demands ‘immediate’ cap on new charter schools in LAUSD, days after setting strike date

Days after United Teachers of Los Angeles announced that its first strike against LA Unified since 1989 will begin Jan. 10, the union’s president called for an “immediate” cap on charter school growth in the district. UTLA President Alex Caputo-Pearl and other union leaders argued that unrestricted expansion of new charter schools starves public resources from existing public schools and contributes to declining student enrollment. “We’re here today because it’s time to invest in our existing sc...
Tags: News, Education, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Jerry Brown, Local News, Gavin Newsom, District, LA Times, Los Angeles Unified School District, West Valley, Eli Broad, Austin Beutner, Alex Caputo Pearl


LA schools are awarded $77 million in federal grant money for college access among low-income students

As a young Angeleno in an unstable housing situation and low-income parents, college was far from a given for Mark Aguilar. But thanks in part to a national college readiness program, he’s now in his second year at CSUN as a political science major. At the New Economics for Women center in Canoga Park, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said Wednesday that the Los Angeles Unified School District and the Youth Policy Institute along with charter school group Bright Star Schools will receive $77.8 mi...
Tags: News, Education, Congress, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, Eric Garcetti, Clinton, Trump, U S Department of Education, CSUN, San Fernando Valley, Garcetti


Taft students shower Telfair Elementary in gifts, holiday spirit

Sitting cross-legged in rows along the classroom carpet, second-graders at Telfair Elementary School in Pacoima squealed in unison to find festively wrapped gifts in their lap, hand delivered by Santa’s elves from the North Pole. Yet the elves were actually 60 towering teens from Taft Charter High School in Woodland Hills who had collected almost 1,000 gifts for Friday’s fourth-annual holiday event with Telfair, a fellow LA Unified campus that has taken a spotlight after widespread reports of st...
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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...
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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...
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8 in 10 LAUSD seniors apply to college. Here’s the campuses they chose, new study shows

By Esmeralda Fabián Romero, LA School Report Eight out of 10 LA Unified seniors applied to college, and nearly two-thirds applied to at least one four-year college, according to a new report —  the first in a series examining Los Angeles students’ college-going data. Those figures, for the Class of 2017, show that Los Angeles seniors apply at similar rates as their peers nationally. But they outpace their peers in the number of applications they submit. The study is the first by a research partn...
Tags: News, Education, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, University Of California, Ucla, Miller, Los Angeles County, CSU, UC Santa Barbara, UC San Diego, GPA, UC Irvine


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 ...
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LA parents gets schooled in preparing for a teacher strike — courtesy of the LAUSD

By Esmeralda Fabián Romero As Los Angeles moved one step closer to a teacher strike, LA Unified this week released a Family Resource Guide to help parents prepare for the possibility of a teacher walkout. The guide, also available in Spanish, addresses questions parents have raised about what will happen at the schools and how to talk with their children about it. It also outlines how the contract negotiations with the teachers union reached this point, and it includes contact information for sc...
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LAUSD is ‘living off reserves’ and running out of time to get its finances in order, says county, state

By Laura Greanias | LA School Report LA Unified board members were jolted last month when a top county official showed up unannounced to say, you’re spending more money than you make and the savings you’ve been living off of are about to run out. It got worse this Tuesday, when she came back and brought a top state official with the same message. “Yes, my presence is indicative that this is serious,” said Nick Schweizer, deputy superintendent of public instruction for the California Department o...
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LAUSD goes door to door to get chronically absent San Fernando Valley students back in class

LAUSD pupil services administrator Dionne Ash spent Friday afternoon in the San Fernando Valley, doing some detective work. Aviator sunglasses on and LAUSD badge around her neck, she knocked on doors in Northridge and Canoga Park attempting to track down elusive students who are part of a district-wide absenteeism problem that costs LA Unified millions of dollars each year. “We want them in school,” she declared. “And if they’re not in school we want to find out why.” Ash was part of a group of ...
Tags: News, Education, Uncategorized, Sport, Soccer, Ash, Lausd, Chatsworth, Northridge, San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles Daily News, Robert Jackson, Scott Schmerelson, Schmerelson, Austin Beutner, Canoga Park


At LAUSD, 1 in 4 kindergartners is chronically absent. It’s costing the district millions

By Esmeralda Fabián Romero Los Angeles Unified has a multimillion-dollar problem: kids aren’t coming to school. And it’s particularly bad among their youngest students. New district data show that 1 in 4 kindergartners misses 15 or more days of school each year. “I couldn’t believe that when I heard that,” Diane Pappas, the superintendent’s senior adviser, told board members at the August meeting as she presented the district’s four-point plan to decrease chronic absences. Schools get paid by th...
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LAUSD chief Austin Beutner ushers in a new school year with a message: ‘Do what works for your schools’

By Fabian Romero LA Unified kicked off a new school year last week, with a new superintendent looking to lead in a new way. Here are some reasons why Superintendent Austin Beutner says change is needed in the district: Of every 100 students who enter LA Unified high schools, 12 will drop out. Of every 100 students, 77 will graduate from high school. Of every 100 high school graduates, only 12 will graduate from college. Less than 60 percent of LA Unified’s graduates are eligible for a public fo...
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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


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...
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Can all of LA’s public school students be college-ready by 2023? LA Unified leaders seek to ‘Close the Gap’

By Esmeralda Fabián Romero, LA School Report LA Unified made a big commitment Tuesday: by 2023 all students will be college-ready, and — to make sure parents can hold the district accountable — it will now report two different graduation rates. Through unanimous approval of the “Realizing the Promise for All: Close the Gap by 2023” resolution, the board members “publicly commit” to students — including English learners, special education students, foster youth, and those living in poverty — to p...
Tags: News, Education, Obama, California, La, Uncategorized, Sacramento, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, University Of California, Essa, Garcia, Rodriguez, U S Department of Education, San Fernando Valley


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


When your child isn’t ready for the next grade — here’s what parents can — and can’t — do

By Esmeralda Fabián Romero, LA School Report With the end of the school year nearing, students are celebrating as they move up to the next grade level. But not all parents are sure their kids are ready. Fewer than 4 in 10 LA Unified students are reading at grade level, even fewer are at grade level in math. But parents can’t hold their children back if the school disagrees. And district policy is to almost always move elementary and middle school kids to the next grade, regardless of performance...
Tags: News, Education, California, La, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, Trump, South Bay, Chau, Woodland Hills, San Fernando Valley, LA Unified, Top Stories LADN, Derrick Chau


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...
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