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Cal State faculty call for reforms to improve racial justice across system

Faculty across California State University are calling for a series of reforms meant to advance racial justice across the 23-campus system, from requiring students to take a class in ethnic studies to disarming campus police. The California Faculty Association, the union representing faculty across the Cal State system, on Wednesday released a report titled “Anti-Racism and Social Justice Transformation Package,” which also calls on CSU to create Black studies departments at every campus, offer ...
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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...
Tags: News, Minnesota, Education, Washington, La, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Beverly Hills, Lausd, Black, Ucla, Gavin Newsom, Southern California, Morris


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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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


Teachers union calls for elimination of LAUSD police force

The United Teachers Los Angeles union is calling for the elimination of the Los Angeles Unified School District police department, it was announced Friday, June 26. The UTLA “House of Representatives” passed a motion Thursday night to eliminate LAUSD school police and redirect funding to mental health and counseling for students, said Anna Bakalis of the union. Thursday’s UTLA House of Representatives vote was 154-56, and follows a 35-2 vote by the UTLA Board of Directors on the same motion on J...
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Hundreds of protesters march, urge cutting LAUSD school police department

UTLA board member Cecily Myart-Cruz speaks to protestors at the LAUSD headquarters in Los Angeles asking to de-fund the LAUSD school police Monday, June 16, 2020. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) UTLA board member Cecily Myart-Cruz speaks to protestors at the LAUSD headquarters in Los Angeles asking to de-fund the LAUSD school police Monday, June 16, 2020. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) Sound The gallery will resume in seconds About ...
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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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Graduation: LAUSD TV special honors 28,000 graduates around the district

Honoring 28,000 graduates left without traditional graduation pomp and circumstance amid the coronavirus pandemic, LAUSD has created an hour-long TV special, “Los Angeles Unified Celebrates the Class of 2020.” The show will air at 6 p.m. Monday, June 15, on lausd.net and KLCS-TV.   The show includes: Superintendent Austin Beutner Members of LAUSD’s Board of Education Student board member Frances Suavillo Gov. Gavin Newsom Sen. Kamala Harris TV host/comedian Ellen DeGeneres Rapper Lil Jon a...
Tags: News, Education, California, Sport, Soccer, Graduation, Lausd, Ellen Degeneres, Los Angeles Dodgers, Southern California, DAVE ROBERTS, Lil Jon, Austin Beutner, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories Breeze, KLCS


L.A. County school districts’ hybrid learning plans align with state guidelines

Los Angeles County school district plans for the next academic year appear to fall within new guidelines released by California education officials on Monday, June 8, which anticipated that at least some students will continue to learn from home amid the ongoing pandemic. The “Stronger Together: A Guidebook for the Safe Reopening of California’s Public Schools” guide is intended to serve as a guide for discussion on reopening schools for the 2020-21 academic year, decisions for which will be mad...
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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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UC regents suspend use of SAT, ACT test scores for admissions

The University of California Board of Regents voted today to suspend the use of SAT and ACT scores for students applying for admission as freshmen to its nine campuses, which include UCLA and UC Irvine, until fall 2024. The plan is to create a new test that better reflects preparedness and is equitable to all applicants. However, if a new test does not meet specified criteria in time for fall 2025 admission, UC will do away with the standardized testing requirement for California students. Detai...
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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...
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Education: Class is now in session — at home and online

With schools closed, quite possibly until fall, education has moved from the campus into the home. Many schools and districts are rolling out distance learning plans to continue instruction for students, but parents likely will have to fill in the gaps when it comes to keeping their child engaged. Here are a few popular apps and websites to consider for students in several age groups: Preschool/Early Elementary abcmouse.com Perfect for the early learning years, abcmouse.com features award-winnin...
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L.A. archdiocese says Catholic schools to learn remotely through rest of academic year

Private Catholic schools in Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties will remain closed and continue with online learning through the remainder of the academic year, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles said on Monday, May 11. Like schools across the state, the archdiocese closed its campuses on March 17 amid the burgeoning coronavirus pandemic. “After recent discussions with public health officials in the three counties we serve, public and private K-12 campuses will not be included in the ini...
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Coronavirus: Nearly all LAUSD students are now learning online, says district superintendent

Nearly every public school student in Los Angeles is participating in online learning, said L.A. Unified Superintendent Austin Beutner almost two months since schools closed for the coronavirus and nearing the academic year’s end. District officials said virtual summer school, which is open for any student wishing to attend, is slated to begin June 24. The district is also working on creating more online learning plans for students with disabilities. District leaders are also bracing for a histo...
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UTLA doubles down on charter co-locations as LAUSD reopening, coronavirus budget deficits hang in balance

Lynda Davey, a 70-year-old teacher at Shirley Avenue Elementary School in Reseda, found herself getting shooed from outside A-list actress Kristen Bell’s house in Los Feliz by police on a hot Thursday, May 7, afternoon as she sat in her red Mazda. Davey was one of dozens of Los Angeles public school teachers union members demanding, via a honking car-caravan at Los Angeles Unified School District headquarters and at homes of charter school leaders, a moratorium on campus-sharing agreements betwe...
Tags: News, Education, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Shirley, Kristen Bell, Local News, Bell, Davey, Los Feliz, Los Angeles Unified School District, Los Angeles Daily News, United Teachers Los Angeles, Reseda


Remote learning is that much harder for LA County special education students

Since California announced the closure of public schools more than a month ago, the process of moving to remote learning has been vexing for both parents and educators –  but particularly those of children with disabilities. Despite the threat of litigation and the myriad challenges of translating special education services to virtual platforms, many Los Angeles County school districts have carried on implementing distance learning for all students. “To not provide any education because we’re wo...
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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...
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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...
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No prom. No awards night. No graduation? Class of 2020 gets creative with celebrations

Isolated at home during the coronavirus pandemic with almost no chance for a prom or graduation ceremony, Eagle Rock High School senior Lincoln Debenham had an idea. He tweeted a message to former President Barack Obama, asking if he would record a national commencement speech to encourage the Class of 2020. A few days later, the tweet — liked 223,000 times — was picked up by ABC News and CNN and reached Obama, who reportedly was “very flattered” but made no commitment, Debenham said. “We experi...
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Widespread testing, contract tracing is needed to reopen LA schools, says superintendent

The nation’s second-largest school district will not reopen campuses without widespread coronavirus testing and contract tracing for students and employees, Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Austin Beutner said on Monday, April 27. The edict came six weeks after the district closed all of its nearly 600 schools and launched remote learning and food aid distribution in hopes of thwarting the spread of COVID-19, alongside stay-at-home orders and business shutdowns. “We closed scho...
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From ‘Grab and Go’ to culinary pro: Creative ways parents are using bags of LAUSD food aid

Quarantine in the time of coronavirus has made home cooks out of even the most restaurant-dependent among us. And when more than half of Angelenos reported filing for unemployment benefits, an increasing amount of food on the table is coming from aid organizations. One of the largest distributors of food daily has been the Los Angeles Unified School District, said this week that it has handed out 10.3 million total breakfast and lunch meals since the service began March 18. Lines to pick up the ...
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LBUSD magnet, Anaheim Union academy Nos. 1 and 2 statewide, 2020 high school rankings say

Southern California has two of the top 20 high schools in the nation and five of the top 10 in California – including the three best – according to a report released late Monday night, April 20. The California Academy of Mathematics and Sciences, a Long Beach Unified magnet school in Carson, came in 11th nationally in U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 rankings. CAMS, on the Cal State Dominguez Hills campus, also ranked as the seventh best magnet school in the U.S. Cypress’ Oxford Academy, a regula...
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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...
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Remote learning exposes racial and economic divide in LA County, say USC researchers

LOS ANGELES — When schools moved from classrooms to computers at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, a learning gap immediately opened between middle class families and low-income and minority families, USC researchers said Monday, asserting that this setback afflicts 25,000 families. Stay-at-home mandates to minimize spread of the coronavirus forced 1.5 million K-12 students in Los Angeles County to online classes, according to a USC statement citing analysis by Hernan Galperin, associate profe...
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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 ...
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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 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...
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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...
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