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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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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


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


This is what LAUSD is doing as the coronavirus spreads

Los Angeles Unified employees disinfected “high-touch” areas and restricted out-of-state travel by staff but otherwise continued to operate schools normally as public health officials on Monday announced Los Angeles County’s first new coronavirus case in which the patient had no history of exposure. The school district warned of possible future school closures. Plant Manager David Muro, uses disinfectant to clean high touch areas to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 at the Wilber Charter f...
Tags: Education, San Francisco, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, Stanford University, Northern California, Alexander, Los Angeles County, Lowell, Riordan, Tarzana, Santa Clara County, AIPAC, Jose


LAUSD’s board has a new member. But no time to celebrate, as the campaign for a parcel tax marches on

By Taylor Swaak || LA School Report With Tuesday’s school board election delivering a decisive win for public education firebrand Jackie Goldberg, next month’s parcel tax vote is now center stage. L.A. Unified’s next election — less than three weeks away on June 4 — will ask residents within district boundaries to support Measure EE, a tax of 16 cents per square foot of developed property to raise about $500 million annually for the district. L.A. Unified is projecting insolvency in three years ...
Tags: News, Education, La, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, Eric Garcetti, Garcia, Kevin Moore, Goldberg, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, United Teachers Los Angeles, Austin Beutner, LA school, KPCC


As LAUSD parcel tax looms, can parents and advocates trust giant school system to be a ‘good steward’?

By Esmeralda Fabián Romero || LA School Report Parents and community advocates are divided on L.A. Unified’s Measure EE, a parcel tax on the June ballot that would raise about $500 million a year over a 12-year period for schools. However, a common thread connects them: They agree schools need more funding, but there’s also “distrust” over whether the district would use the money to advance student learning. “We have concerns about oversight of those funds,” said Vanessa Aramayo, executive direc...
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LAUSD wants property owners to give schools $500M a year, but can district spend it wisely?

By Esmeralda Fabián Romero || LA School Report Parents and community advocates are divided on L.A. Unified’s Measure EE, a parcel tax on the June ballot that would raise about $500 million a year over a 12-year period for schools. However, a common thread connects them: They agree schools need more funding, but there’s also “distrust” over whether the district would use the money to advance student learning. “We have concerns about oversight of those funds,” said Vanessa Aramayo, executive direc...
Tags: News, Education, Abc, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Venice, Lausd, SEIU, City Council, Local News, Chamber of Commerce, Eric Garcetti, Baz, Valley


Less than half of LAUSD’s Class of 2019 are on track to graduate eligible for UC/Cal state schools

By Taylor Swaak || LA School Report Less than half of L.A. Unified’s Class of 2019 are eligible for the state’s public universities, the latest district projections show. As of March, 49 percent of the district’s 34,734 prospective graduates are on track to pass all of their “A-G” college preparation courses with Cs or better. This means that less than half of the class currently has the grades to qualify for the University of California and California State University school systems. These in-s...
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LAUSD continues to struggle to stay afloat as it waits for new revenue, latest financial report shows

By Taylor Swaak | LA School Report School board members have approved L.A. Unified’s latest budget, even though the district is still far from being financially sustainable. The revised fiscal stabilization plan lays out the district’s response to county concerns about deficit spending, inadequate reserve levels and reliance on non-guaranteed funds to keep itself afloat. But instead of providing clarity, the latest budget highlighted the district’s deepening reliance on new funding sources as it...
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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...
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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...
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In deal between LAUSD and teachers, some parties gained ground while others gave it up

After sighing a breath of relief Tuesday morning on the picket line outside Taft High School, teachers returned to campus in the afternoon to vote on a tentative agreement reached between UTLA and LA Unified School District like UTLA’s other 30,000 members. The ew contract secures a 6 percent wage increase — 3 percent retroactive to the 2017-18 school year and another 3 percent retroactive to July 1, 2018 — and commits to a gradual decrease in class sizes over the coming three years, hiring of m...
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LAUSD teachers struck a deal, with some gaining and others giving up some ground

After sighing a breath of relief Tuesday morning on the picket line outside Taft High School, teachers returned to campus in the afternoon to vote on a tentative agreement reached between UTLA and LA Unified School District like UTLA’s other 30,000 members. The ew contract secures a 6 percent wage increase — 3 percent retroactive to the 2017-18 school year and another 3 percent retroactive to July 1, 2018 — and commits to a gradual decrease in class sizes over the coming three years, hiring of m...
Tags: News, Education, California, Washington, La, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, New York Times, Lausd, Local News, Eric Garcetti, Ucla, Gavin Newsom, Taft


LAUSD teacher strike update: To UTLA outcry, school board rolls back background checks for parent volunteers in a strike

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Unified School Board approved a policy Tuesday that eliminates some background check requirements for parent and family volunteers at schools and created a new category of volunteers the district says it will call upon during a strike or “other emergency situations,” to outcry of some teachers, union leaders and parent supporters. The policy is the latest wrinkle in a months-long attempt by the school board to ease restrictions on parent and community volunteers aim...
Tags: News, Education, California, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, Watts, Jacob, Scott Schmerelson, Austin Beutner, UTLA, LA Metro, Nick Melvoin, Top Stories LADN


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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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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Here’s how to reach your LAUSD school board member — without sleeping overnight on the sidewalk

By Esmeralda Fabián Romero, LA School Report Los Angeles Unified’s seven school board members — or six for now — make vital decisions impacting more than 570,000 students. Parents, community members, and the general public want their concerns to be heard, but what’s the best way to connect with the board members? Besides email and phone, there are board meetings most Tuesdays with designated times for people to address the board members. But the process has long been fraught with frustration, as...
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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...
Tags: News, Education, California, La, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, Usc, San Pedro, Compton, Garcia, Inglewood, Los Angeles County, Valley, Clark


At LAUSD, making a deal on teacher raises is easier said than done

Getting on the same page in the nation’s second-largest school district is not an easy thing. As a teachers’ strike looms, teachers, parents and the Los Angeles Unified School District agree that L.A.’s public school teachers should be paid more. But that’s about where it ends. Getting there is where the wall is — just ask a board member who represents the San Fernando Valley, union officials and local parents. On one hand, union leaders and backers argue, more money for teachers will ultimately...
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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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LA students head back to school – and so does LAUSD chief Austin Beutner

During the first day of school, LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner visits Vanalden Avenue Elementary School with the help of fourth graders Jared Delao, 9, and Kingsley James-Huff, 10, on Tuesday, August 14, 2018. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star News/SCNG) During the first day of school, LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner visits Bradley Upshaw’s third grade class at Vanalden Avenue Elementary School in Reseda on Tuesday, August 14, 2018. Upshaw was chosen this year for the Natio...
Tags: News, Education, Washington, La, Uncategorized, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Garcia, Kingsley, Valley, District, San Fernando, San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles Unified School District, School Board


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...
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LAUSD board member pleads guilty in money-laundering scheme, resigns

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Unified School District board member Ref Rodriguez pleaded guilty Monday to a felony conspiracy charge and four misdemeanors for reimbursing donors to his 2015 election campaign, and he resigned from the board. “I am sorry for the mistakes I have made,” Rodriguez said in a statement. Under a plea agreement with prosecutors, he was placed on three years’ probation and ordered to serve 60 days community service. Rodriguez, 47, is also expected to reach a settlement Monday...
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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...
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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 ...
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He’s an ‘unconventional choice,’ but new LAUSD chief asks community to embrace change, better education

Los Angeles Unified School District’s next superintendent warned Wednesday of tough choices ahead while aiming to strike a unifying tone in the face of significant union concerns. Philanthropist Austin Beutner, who has no experience running a school or a school district, acknowledged a day after he was tapped by the LAUSD Board of Education that he’s an “unconventional choice.” But the former investment banker and one-time deputy mayor of L.A. said he’s ready to listen, learn and move forward to...
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How can LAUSD schools be safer? Here’s your chance to weigh in

LOS ANGELES — City Attorney Mike Feuer announced Wednesday that he will hold the first in a series of public hearings of the Los Angeles School Safety Blue Ribbon Panel on Sunday at Hollywood High School. Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education Vice President Nick Melvoin will co-host the 2 p.m. meeting, which will be focused on a variety of topics related to school safety. “Keeping our kids safe and secure should be our top priority,” Feuer said. “Our blue ribbon panel will be tr...
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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


12,000 kids will leave LAUSD this year: District weighs options to fill looming financial hole

As LA Unified continues to lose 12,000 students every year, administrators will be notified of expected job losses, restrictions could be made on how to spend one-time funds coming from the state, and labor partners will be called on to be part of the solution. Next year’s projected enrollment decline was reported Tuesday by Chief Financial Officer Scott Price during a budget update to the school board, which made no decisions on how to offset what equals a loss of about $130 million a year — ro...
Tags: News, Education, California, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Price, Local News, Golden State, Michelle King, Independent Financial Review Panel, LA Unified, Nick Melvoin, Top Stories LADN, Vivian Ekchian


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...
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