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Former Centinela Valley superintendent ordered to stand trial on corruption charges

Former Centinela Valley school Superintendent Jose Fernandez, accused of manipulating his pay and benefits one year to nearly $750,000, was ordered to stand trial Wednesday, April 12, on nine felony counts, including embezzlement and conflict of interest. After a preliminary hearing in Los Angeles Superior Court that spanned nearly three months, Judge Stephen A. Marcus noted that school board members in the tiny Lawndale-based district bore some responsibility because they didn’t ask “hard quest...
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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...
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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...
Tags: News, Education, Abc, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Venice, Lausd, SEIU, City Council, Local News, Chamber of Commerce, Eric Garcetti, Baz, Valley


Students of the college scandal: Who knew, who didn’t and why so many ended up at USC

It’s been called the largest college admissions cheating scandal in U.S. history. And with some of the accused parents expected to formally plead guilty in coming weeks, attention is turning to their kids and how the scandal might affect their acceptance, enrollment or degrees. A Bay Area News Group analysis of hundreds of pages of court documents and other records shows: Sixteen of the students ended up attending or offered acceptance to the University of Southern California, four times as man...
Tags: Usa, News, College, Stanford, Boston, California News, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sport, Soccer, Higher Education, Connecticut, Arizona, Miami, Las Vegas, William


Test taker pleads guilty in college admissions bribery scam

By ALANNA DURKIN RICHER BOSTON — A former Florida prep school administrator pleaded guilty Friday to taking college entrance exams for students in exchange for cash to help wealthy parents get their kids into elite universities across the country. Mark Riddell admitted to secretly taking the SAT and ACT for students, or correcting their answers, as part of a nationwide college admissions cheating scheme, which has ensnared celebrities, business executives and athletic coaches at sought-after sch...
Tags: Business, Florida, News, Education, Abc, Stanford, Boston, Uncategorized, Sport, Fbi, Harvard, Soccer, Huffman, BRADENTON, Eric Rosen, Alanna Durkin


L.A. County funds $9.7 million in mental health resources for LAUSD students

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved $17.4 million in funding for mental health resources at Los Angeles Unified School District and Los Angeles County Office of Education campuses. Supervisor Kathryn Barger, who recommended funding more mental health teams in schools, cited a study that found rates of major depression in 12- to 17-year-olds increased 52 percent from 2005-17, along with an uptick in suicides by young adults ages 18-23. “While these statis...
Tags: News, Education, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, Barger, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, Austin Beutner, Sheila Kuehl, Beutner, Department of Mental Health, Supervisors, Top Stories LADN, Kathryn Barger


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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Estancia High takes first in BIA’s ‘Design/Build’ competition

Costa Mesa’s Estancia High School beat out teams from nine other high schools Sunday, April 7, to take first place in the Southern California Building Industry Association’s annual “Design/Build” competition in Huntington Beach. Twelve teams from area high schools, Orange Coast College and the Orange County 4-H Club took part in the competition during which students from homebuiliding classes had 1 ½ days to build a tilt-roof garden shed, complete with a Dutch door, window, vent and flower box. ...
Tags: Business, Real Estate, Education, California, Housing, Sport, Soccer, Bia, Construction, Local News, Orange County, Southern California, San Bernardino, Anaheim, Orange Coast College, RANCHO CUCAMONGA


LA business groups gear up for an opposition campaign against LAUSD parcel tax on June 4th ballot

Members of the Los Angeles Unified School District school board cheerily wore yellow ‘YES on EE’ lapel pins at their meeting Tuesday and encouraged attendees to vote in favor of a parcel tax ballot initiative that would generate millions in local revenue to help ease the district’s financial woes, if passed on June 4 in a special election. High polling numbers in the wake of the January teachers strike lent the school board confidence to place Measure EE on the ballot, but their ability to secur...
Tags: News, Education, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Salinas, Local News, Eric Garcetti, LA County, San Fernando Valley, Garcetti, Studio City, South Gate, Waldman


Ortiz concedes after close LAUSD election with Repenning, who’s set to face Goldberg in May runoff

Taylor Swaak | LA School Report There will be no recount in the L.A. Unified school board race. Huntington Park Councilwoman Graciela Ortíz, who narrowly missed a spot in the May runoff election by 31 votes, decided Wednesday not to challenge the March 5 primary results that the county certified last Friday. Her decision came hours before the deadline to request a recount in the Board District 5 race. In the May 14 runoff, Heather Repenning, a district parent and a former L.A. city official, wil...
Tags: Politics, News, Education, California, La, California News, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, Ortiz, LA Clippers, South Bay, San Fernando, San Gabriel, Goldberg


LA Clippers team up with LA tech stars to promote science, engineering, math careers

It was a Friday of questions and answers at the L.A. Convention Center, as scores of students and parents descended downtown for the Clippers SciFest SoCal. That’s right. Instead of a basketball court at nearby Staples Center, where players school each other in the art of hoops, this was about getting schooled in the science of things. A colorful version on Mars on display by JPL at the Southern California science and engineering festival at the Los Angeles Convention Center Friday, March 22...
Tags: Local News, News, Education, Science, Things to Do, Top Stories Breeze, Top Stories LADN


If you had the money, would you pay off a college admissions officer? 1 in 4 parents say they would, a new poll finds

If you had the money, would you bribe a college official to get your child admitted? Fifteen percent of all American adults would answer yes, according to a new poll. And that number rises to 25 percent for adults who actually have children ages 18 and under. It’s a hypothetical question, but certainly a revealing ethical one. There’s been a flood of outrage over the recent college admissions scandal, in which federal prosecutors charged parents with everything from paying off testing proctors t...
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Academic Decathlon teams from San Fernando and San Gabriel valleys, South Bay begin statewide contest

LOS ANGELES — El Camino Real Charter High School in Woodland Hills will begin defending its California and U.S. Academic Decathlon titles Friday as competition gets underway in this year’s state contest in Sacramento. In what has become an annual battle, El Camino will face tough competition from fellow Los Angeles Unified School District campus Granada Hills Charter High School. Granada Hills has won the state and national Academic Decathlons six of the past eight years — with El Camino winning...
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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...
Tags: News, Education, California, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, City Council, Price, Local News, Gavin Newsom, Reliance, Scott Schmerelson, LA school, Reseda, Local Control Funding Formula


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


Study finds 19 percent of community college students in California are homeless

Nineteen percent of students attending California’s community college system have experienced homelessness in the last year, while 60 percent have experienced recent housing insecurity and 50 percent have struggled with food insecurity, according to a report released Thursday, March 7. The study, conducted by the Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice at Temple University’s College of Education in Philadelphia, surveyed nearly 40,000 students at 57 community colleges during the fall sem...
Tags: News, Education, California, Sacramento, Sport, Palo Alto, Soccer, Homeless, Philadelphia, Orange County, Los Angeles County, California Community College, Cypress College, Schilling, Sara Goldrick Rab, Top Stories LADN


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...
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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...
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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...
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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 ...
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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


For many Southern California students, two languages (or more) are better than one

In Maritza Bermudez’s home, the goal has been to speak Spanish as much as possible. But starting next school year, Korean will be thrown into the mix. Bermudez, who lives in Anaheim, is enrolling one of her children in a Korean/English language immersion program – the first of its kind in Orange County and part of a growing trend throughout Southern California. “We know it’s going to be challenging,” Bermudez said. “But being trilingual is being a step ahead.” First grade teacher Cindy Murgu...
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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


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...
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