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This Reseda teacher just won’t let students fail

Brenda Young pretty much rocks. That was the gist of it on Tuesday, as the Los Angeles Unified School District teacher they call “Ms. Y” was chosen as a national LifeChanger of the Year winner during a surprise assembly at John R. Wooden High School in Reseda. But in a way, it was no surprise that this particular award was given to this particular teacher. She’s known for motivating and inspiring her students, with a goal of reaching their full potential. “You will not fail on my time,” is her m...
Tags: News, Education, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, John Wooden, Los Angeles Unified School District, Reseda, National Life Group, Top Stories LADN, Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star News, Pasadena Star News SCNG, Reseda School, Brenda Young


LAUSD parcel tax measure gets backing from L.A. City Council

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles City Council went on record Tuesday in support of a parcel tax measure on the June ballot in hopes of generating hundreds of millions of dollars for local schools. The City Council’s resolution is non-binding and simply expresses support of the ballot measure, which the Los Angeles Unified School District board last month agreed to put before voters. Several school board members and LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner spoke to the council before the 13-0 vote in sup...
Tags: News, Education, California, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Social Security, Lausd, City Council, Local News, Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles City Council, Los Angeles County, Los Angeles Unified School District, Austin Beutner, Top Stories LADN


Repenning claims victory, looks to spot in runoff against Jackie Goldberg for LAUSD school board seat

Heather Repenning’s campaign claimed victory on Friday after a final round of vote tallies in the LAUSD school board primary election solidified her lead by a fractional margin over Graciela Ortiz, meaning she will likely face Jackie Goldberg in a May 14 runoff for the seat. The County Registrar’s office said there are no outstanding votes left to be counted from the March 5 primary, although the election results have yet to be certified. Earning 13.13 percent of the vote, Repenning’s edge over ...
Tags: News, Education, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, City Council, Local News, Eric Garcetti, Ortiz, Legislature, Goldberg, Top Stories LADN, Ref Rodriguez, LAUSD Board District, Jackie Goldberg, Heather Repenning


Repenning claims victory, looks ahead to spot in runoff against Jackie Goldberg for LAUSD school board seat

Heather Repenning’s campaign claimed victory on Friday after a final round of vote tallies in the LAUSD school board primary election cemented her lead by a fractional margin over Graciela Ortiz, meaning she will likely face Jackie Goldberg in a May 14 runoff for the seat. The County Registrar’s office said there are no outstanding votes left to be counted from the March 5 primary, although the election results have yet to be certified. Earning 13.13 percent of the vote, Repenning’s edge over Or...
Tags: News, Education, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, City Council, Local News, Eric Garcetti, Ortiz, Legislature, Goldberg, Top Stories LADN, Ref Rodriguez, LAUSD Board District, Jackie Goldberg, Heather Repenning


LAUSD board race: Heather Repenning leaps over Graciela Ortiz to possibly face Jackie Goldberg in May runoff

New vote tallies in the LAUSD school board district 5 election released Friday afternoon revealed a jump by Mayor Eric Garcetti-backed Heather Repenning, as political veteran Jackie Goldberg remained comfortably in the lead with more than 48 percent of the vote. Because teachers union-backed Goldberg failed to secure a majority, she will face her runner up in a May 14 runoff. Friday’s results, updated to reflect approximately 2,000 counted mail-in ballots, showed Repenning ahead of Huntington Pa...
Tags: Elections, News, Education, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, Eric Garcetti, Bell, Heather, Goldberg, Rodriguez, LA County, Eli Broad, Austin Beutner


LAUSD Election 2019: Jackie Goldberg takes lead in LA school board race that appears headed for May runoff

Political veteran Jackie Goldberg appeared to be headed for a May 14 runoff for a seat that could significantly alter the political balance of the Los Angeles Unified School District school board, after residents of the city’s northeast stretches took to the polls Tuesday. With mail-in and provisional ballots yet to be counted, Goldberg was comfortably in the lead with 48.26 percent of the vote, with all precincts reported, according to the L.A. County Registrar’s Office late Tuesday. Because sh...
Tags: News, Education, La, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, SEIU, City Council, Local News, Eric Garcetti, Bell, Daily News, Ortiz, Scott


LAUSD Election 2019: Goldberg, Repenning take early lead in race for northeast LA school board seat

Residents of the northeast stretches of the massive Los Angeles Unified School District’s  took to the polls on Tuesday in an election that could significantly alter the political balance of the current school board. Early results showed front-runner Jackie Goldberg with an early lead, with 46.89 percent of the vote and Heather Repenning with 13.45 percent with 10 out of 122 precincts reported. Goldberg, 73, is a veteran elected official who sat on the school board from 1983 to 1991 before servi...
Tags: News, Education, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, SEIU, City Council, Local News, Eric Garcetti, Bell, Board, State Assembly, Service Employees International Union, Goldberg


LAUSD Election 2019: Jackie Goldberg takes lead in LA school board race that appears headed for a May runoff

Residents of the northeast stretches of the massive Los Angeles Unified School District took to the polls on Tuesday in an election that could significantly alter the political balance of the current school board. Early results showed front-runner Jackie Goldberg in the lead with 45.84 percent of the vote, followed neck-and-neck by Graciela “Grace” Ortiz with 14.53 percent and Heather Repenning with 13.10 percent, respectively, with 66 out of 122 precincts reporting after 10 p.m. Goldberg, 73, i...
Tags: News, Education, La, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, SEIU, City Council, Local News, Eric Garcetti, Bell, Ortiz, Service Employees International Union, Goldberg


LAUSD Election 2019: Here’s what you need to know about today’s special election — and why it matters

Esmeralda Fabián Romero | LA School Report Tuesday is the special election to fill the school board seat in L.A. Unified’s Board District 5. The person elected will become part of the seven-member school board that decides on policies, budget and approval of charter schools in L.A. Unified, which is the largest school district in California and second-largest in the nation. The District 5 board member represents students enrolled in schools located in parts of the southeast of Los Angeles — incl...
Tags: News, Education, California, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, Board, Los Angeles County, Rodriguez, Huntington Park, LA school, California Charter Schools Association, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories Breeze


Meet the 10 candidates running for the LAUSD school board seat left vacant by Ref Rodriguez

By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | LA School Report The 10 candidates in the race for L.A. Unified’s vacant school board seat have been in full swing participating in community forums and other public events as Tuesday’s special election approaches. The new board member for Board District 5 will represent about 100,000 students in some very different communities: from the heavily Latino southeast cities — including Huntington Park, Maywood and Bell — and from the more affluent neighborhoods north of d...
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A big LAUSD special election is on Tuesday. But Latino turnout will likely be small

By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | LA School Report Next week’s special election for the vacant school board seat is expected to draw “minuscule” voter turnout, and experts predict Latino participation will be even lower, particularly in the board district’s poorer southeast section, where Latinos make up almost the entire enrollment and where the most struggling schools are located. But despite the urgency of improving educational outcomes for students living in the southeast communities, most likely...
Tags: News, Education, California, Mexico, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Honduras, Voters, City Council, Local News, Berkeley, Eric Garcetti, Paul Goodwin


Aiming to harness strike momentum, LAUSD board set to advance education tax increase

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education is expected Thursday to vote to place a proposed parcel tax before voters in hopes of generating hundreds of millions of dollars for local schools. The board’s discussion comes on the heels of a teachers’ strike that ended with the district committing to the hiring of more educators and school staff and reductions in class sizes. With Los Angeles County education officials already warning the district that its long-term fin...
Tags: News, Education, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Social Security, Lausd, Local News, Los Angeles County, Austin Beutner, Beutner, Public Education, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories Breeze


LAUSD’s board is set to support an education tax increase today. They’re hoping voters agree.

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education is expected Thursday to vote to place a proposed parcel tax before voters in hopes of generating hundreds of millions of dollars for local schools. The board’s discussion comes on the heels of a teachers’ strike that ended with the district committing to the hiring of more educators and school staff and reductions in class sizes. With Los Angeles County education officials already warning the district that its long-term fin...
Tags: News, Education, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Social Security, Lausd, Local News, Los Angeles County, Austin Beutner, Beutner, Public Education, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories Breeze


California needs to boost education spending, says LA City Council

Los Angeles City Councilmember Bob Blumenfield, right, offers doughnuts to teachers picketing in front of the Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, the third day of the LAUSD strike by UTLA teachers. The City Council voted Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019, to approve a resolution calling for the state to increase spending on education. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) LOS ANGELES — A little over a month removed from a strike by the Los Angeles teachers ...
Tags: Politics, News, Education, California, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, John Muir, Lausd, City Council, Local News, Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles City Council, Los Angeles Daily News, David Crane, United Teachers Los Angeles


LAUSD school board to float parcel tax in wake of teachers strike

The Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education is set to discuss possible strategies to increase revenue, including a local parcel tax on Tuesday morning, a month after the district reached an expensive contract agreement with striking public school teachers. On the board’s agenda is the introduction of ballot language a “local tax revenue” initiative by district Program and Policy Development Advisor Amanda Wherrit along with presentations on local polling and legal considerations f...
Tags: News, Education, California, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, Austin Beutner, Alex Caputo Pearl, Beutner, UTLA, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories Breeze, LA County Office of Education, Amanda Wherrit


LAUSD’s The Science Academy STEM in North Hollywood: Where learning is anything but conventional

Ethan Katz is programming an augmented reality sandbox to project images onto sand using various height levels to create mountains and valleys. “I’m learning about coding the language of the computer itself and how to use sonar to measure,” Katz said. He’s 13. That’s right. A 13-year-old eighth-grader, already talking like the aerosapce engineer he wants to be when he grows up. Katz and his peers at The Science Academy STEM Magnet in North Hollywood have much to be proud of. For the second conse...
Tags: Hollywood, News, Education, California, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, Katz, Sherman Oaks, North Hollywood, Nigel Peake, Science Academy, Vineland Avenue, East Valley High School


A Granada Hills middle school shines in gaining new accreditation status

Six LAUSD middle schools, including Frost Middle School in Granada Hills, made the grade in the first round of the esteemed accreditation process that gives students a boost in their future academic careers. All of the district’s high schools are accredited, which helps students looking to go to college. Leticia Mendez teaches her seventh grade math class at Frost Middle School in Granada Hills on Friday, February 15, 2019. Mendez was brought to the school as part of the school’s reduction i...
Tags: News, Education, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, Frost, White, San Pedro, Brown, Martinez, Dodson, Carson, Andrea Santos, Los Angeles Unified School District


LAUSD community, family remember Michelle King’s ‘poise and grace’

Teary tributes and stirring song rang through the cavernous hall of Trinity Baptist Church Friday morning as loved ones and colleagues reflected on Michelle King’s life as a compassionate leader devoted to public education in Los Angeles. King, who worked from student aide to superintendent of the nation’s second largest district, died on Feb. 2 at age 57 following a years-long battle with cancer. Hundreds attended the memorial service, which was also live-streamed on the district’s website. It ...
Tags: News, Education, California, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Watson, Lausd, Local News, King, Ucla, HARRIS, McKenna, Michelle King, Los Angeles Unified School District, Los Angeles King


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


Former LAUSD chief Michelle King to be memorialized Friday, with funeral to follow

A public memorial service for former L.A. Unified superintendent Michelle King will take place at the Trinity Baptist Church Friday morning, where former students and colleagues are expected to celebrate the life of the district’s first black female superintendent alongside family. The service will begin at 10 a.m. and is set to be live-streamed at www.lausd.net. It will also be re-broadcast on KLCS TV on Feb. 17 at 7 a.m. King’s tenure as superintendent was cut short when she withdrew on medica...
Tags: News, Education, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, King, Ucla, South Los Angeles, Michelle King, Trinity Baptist Church, Pacific Palisades, Florence Avenue, Hamilton High School


Public schools should offer more vegan menus, this San Fernando Valley assemblyman says

LOS ANGELES – Assemblyman Adrin Nazarian, D-Van Nuys, announced proposed legislation Wednesday that he said would provide incentives for public schools across the state to offer students a plant-based entree and plant-based milk at meals. Under AB 479, the Healthy Climate-Friendly School Lunch Act, schools would receive additional state funding for serving the vegan options, which Nazarian said would be healthier and more climate-friendly. The bill would also provide state support for staff trai...
Tags: Health, Politics, News, Education, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, Nazarian, San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles City Hall, Paul Koretz, Top Stories LADN, Hans Gutknecht, Top Stories OCR


How the future of shuttered LAUSD science center in San Pedro moves to the front burner

The ongoing saga of what to do with LAUSD’s once thriving science center in San Pedro is about to move into a new planning phase that will look at multiple shared uses, including teacher training along with the center’s original farming studies. Michael Romero, Local District South superintendent, spoke this week at a meeting of the Northwest San Pedro Neighborhood Council about formulating a new advisory panel with community members in six to eight weeks. Part of the planning will take into con...
Tags: Education, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, Gardens, San Pedro, Christensen, Watts, Romero, Vic, Austin Beutner, Northwest San Pedro Neighborhood Council, Lee Williams, Dan Dixon, Top Stories LADN


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


‘Hard work’ pays off: LAUSD announces Academic Decathlon winners

LOS ANGELES – Highland Park’s Benjamin Franklin High School has won this year’s Los Angeles Unified School District Academic Decathlon, topping Grant High School, and will go on to compete in the statewide competition in March. It was a first-time win for Franklin’s eight-member team. The remaining top spots went to Grant, which took second place; Garfield High School, third; Bell High School, fourth; and North Hollywood High School, fifth. Franklin High and nine other top-scoring LAUSD schools ...
Tags: News, Education, California, Sacramento, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, Grant High School, Grant, Marshall, Garcia, Torrance, Franklin, Van Nuys, Garfield High School


Reducing gun violence, charter school accountability, top voter concerns in education, poll says

By Laura Fay | LA School Report School safety and college affordability are the most pressing issues in education, California voters said in a ew poll. The top priority overall was reducing gun violence in schools, with more than half of respondents saying it was “very important.” But voters with children as well as those ages 18-49 and those earning less than $35,000 a year rated college affordability as more important. The annual poll, conducted since 2012, was led by researchers at the Univer...
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LAUSD official changes course, says police magnet school won’t move, will stay in San Pedro

An LAUSD official has reversed his decision that would have moved the popular Police Academy Magnet program from San Pedro to Wilmington in the fall. The program will remain at San Pedro High School’s Olguin satellite campus after the district said concerns about the program’s academic program and enrollment draw were addressed. The students, after hearing the news on Friday, Feb. 8, were “ecstatic,” said academy coordinator Sandra Alvarenga. “They feel great.” The earlier decision, announced to...
Tags: Education, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, San Pedro, Wilson, Wilmington, Romero, San Pedro High School, Los Angeles Police Department, Mulholland, Olguin, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories Breeze, Luther Burbank


Canoga Park fifth-graders meet a COD-E, a robot designed to get them excited about tech

Code’E, right, takes part in Genein Jefferson’s fifth-grade class Tuesday. The Òlife-sizedÓ robot, courtesy of PWC professional services, took part in the Canoga Park New Academy Charter School 5th grade class as part of their education initiative to get kids interested in technology. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) Code’E takes part in Genein Jefferson’s fifth-grade class Tuesday. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) Sound The gallery will re...
Tags: Technology, News, Education, California, Sport, Chicago, Soccer, Pwc, Lausd, Local News, Detroit, Shannon Schuyler, Michelle King, Los Angeles Daily News, David Crane, Huntington Park


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


How the story of Pacoima’s ‘little school that could’ became the political fault line of public education

Some folks call Dr. Yvonne Chan the ‘charter matriarch.’ At age 73, 26 years after she founded the first charter school in Los Angeles, her reign along a six-block stretch of the East San Fernando Valley neighborhood of Pacoima is palpable. Chan is the founding principal of an empire of schools teaching 3,187 students from pre-K through 12th grade, the first independent charter school in the city. These days, she goes by the title “Chief Visionary Officer,” but she’s rarely without a jangling la...
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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...
Tags: News, Education, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, King, Ucla, Board of Education, Michelle King, Los Angeles Unified, Pacoima, LA Unified, Century Park, Top Stories LADN



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