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Live coverage of the LAUSD teacher strike

After last-minute negotiations to avert a strike failed, 30,000 members of United Teachers Los Angeles union walked out Monday in the first strike in the Los Angeles Unified School District since 1989. Follow our reporters and photographers as they cover the teachers picketing and the impact on students and schools.
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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.”...
Tags: News, Education, La, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, Eric Garcetti, Gavin Newsom, Los Angeles County, Wilmington, South Los Angeles, San Pedro High School, Gipson


This independent LA charter school is going on strike today

LOS ANGELES — Teachers at The Accelerated Schools charter network in Los Angeles are set to carry out the first-ever strike by charter teachers in California today, Tuesday, Jan. 15, calling for increased pay and health benefits to reduce the high teacher turnover rate at the school. The teachers are represented by United Teachers Los Angeles, the same union that represents striking Los Angeles Unified School District educators. Negotiations between teachers and The Accelerated Schools began 20 ...
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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


LAUSD class sizes can make you feel like your ‘head is going to explode.’ Just ask this veteran teacher

Bradley Bermont, Correspondent As a 25-year veteran of the Los Angeles Unified School District, and a current teacher at Patton High School, Sherri Tarman has pivoted from elementary school to high school, from general education to visual arts. But, because of the size of her classes, she’s standing in the rain at a massive teachers rally in Downtown Los Angeles Monday on the first day of the LAUSD teachers strike, holding a canvas sign lettered with oil paints. It reads: “With over 200 students...
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8 questions parents have about today’s LAUSD teachers strike

How long will the strike last? That’s the question parents, among others, are asking as a Los Angeles Unified teachers strike gets underway Monday. At this point, it’s anybody’s guess. As classes were slated to begin Monday morning, LAUSD teachers were out picketing rather than in the classroom. In response, district officials have been planning how to keep instruction going. But there are certainly challenges: L.A. Unified is massive, comprising more than 60,000 employees and 1,000 schools acro...
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Live coverage of the LAUSD teacher strike

After last-minute negotiations to avert a strike failed, 30,000 members of United Teachers Los Angeles union are walking out Monday in the first strike in the Los Angeles Unified School District since 1989. Follow our reporters and photographers as they cover the teachers picketing and the impact on students and schools.
Tags: News, Education, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, United Teachers Los Angeles, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories OCR, Top Stories PE, Top Stories IVDB, Top Stories RDF, Top Stories Sun, Top Stories Breeze, Top Stories LBPT, Top Stories WDN


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...
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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...
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LAUSD teachers get paid less than big-city peers, but a 6 percent raise would bring them closer

A typical teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District makes roughly $80,000 a year, but those wages are still below counterparts in major cities in California and other states, according to an analysis of 2017 pay records. United Teachers Los Angeles is asking for higher pay, among other demands, ahead of a planned strike Monday. The district and the union have struggled to come to an agreement on new contract for the last two years. UTLA’s request for a 6.5 percent raise, effective July ...
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Renee Moilanen: The weight of the world on our kid’s shoulders

As much as I support the idea of children walking to school, I cringe every time my third-grade son hefts his gargantuan bookbag onto his shoulders and trudges hunchbacked toward campus. Loaded up with his required laptop, lunchbox and textbooks, my son’s bookbag weighs 14 pounds. That’s nearly 25 percent of his body weight, a hefty addition on his half-mile trek to school, which is – I swear I’m not exaggerating – uphill both ways. If I had to haul an extra 30 pounds on my back to get to work, ...
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If there’s an LAUSD strike, taxpayers, communities across state could feel it

By Ricardo Cano, CALMatters The nation’s second largest school district is about to ring in 2019 with a teacher strike that is already reverberating in public schools across California, and could be felt by taxpayers and communities throughout the state. United Teachers Los Angeles, which represents more than 30,000 teachers and employees in the Los Angeles Unified School District, says it will strike Jan. 10—the first Thursday after students return from the holiday break—unless the district agr...
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Conflict between UC Irvine professors plays out on social media

IRVINE — A public dispute between two UC Irvine professors played out on Twitter Tuesday, prompting university officials to announce that one of the professors was given a police escort. Professor Kathleen Treseder, the chair of the school of ecology and evolutionary biology, claimed on Twitter that she has been harassed by professor Richard Symanski, who denied the allegations in an email to City News Service. Treseder tweeted that Symanski sent her a copy of his memoir and noted portions of th...
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CSULB student says this exam question about gangs was racist. Was it?

Cal State Long Beach officials have launched an investigation into the conduct of a health-sciences education lecturer after a student this week posted a final-exam question to Twitter that he said was racist. Alex Rambo, 31, is currently taking a health science class meant for those who want to be middle and high school teachers. The class is taught by Matt Fischer, a lecturer at the university and a teacher at Los Angeles Unified School District. The final for that class is a 75-question take-...
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Brightwood College closing all locations, including schools in Van Nuys, Riverside

Education Corp. of America on Wednesday announced the closure of all of its campuses, including Brightwood College locations in Van Nuys and Riverside, as the company grapples with financial and accreditation challenges. ECA, one of the nation’s largest for-profit college operators, runs 25 Brightwood Colleges. But the closures extend well beyond that. The company owns more than 75 campuses, according to Inside Higher Ed, with about 20,000 students enrolled primarily in certificate-programs that...
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Abortion pills could be given out at UC, CSU universities in California

Hoping for support from California’s new governor, an Inland state senator has re-introduced legislation requiring on-campus health centers at the state’s public universities to offer abortion-inducing pills to students seeking to terminate their pregnancies. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Connie Leyva, D-Chino, is similar to legislation vetoed by Gov. Jerry Brown in September. , Brown, who leaves office next month, wrote that the bill wasn’t needed because abortion-inducing medication is “widely ...
Tags: Politics, News, Education, California, Senate, Sacramento, Sport, Soccer, Abortion, Jerry Brown, UC, Gavin Newsom, Brown, Assembly, San Francisco Chronicle, Rialto


California cheerleaders fight CIF Sunday rule that stops them from competing in national championships

Costa Mesa High cheerleaders listen as coach Kori Johnson, center, shows them the new stunt they will be doing during a practices in the school’s gym in Costa Mesa on Monday, December 3, 2018 as they prepare to compete in the National High School Cheerleading Championships in Orlando in February. Pictured, from left, coach Kori Johnson, Lola Brough,14, Brooklyn Soto 15, Kyra Johnson 14 and Natalie Arzmanians, 15, (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG) Costa Mesa High cheerleade...
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How off-campus college living boosts local poverty rates

The “starving student” is more than a stereotype of a challenging slice of one’s life. College kids are a noteworthy economic force for a campus and its surrounding community — both good and bad. Ponder a recent Census Bureau report that shows how coed’s off-campus living boosts local poverty rates. When the census compiles the traditional poverty rate, it tabulates those among the civilian population living on less than poverty incomes. They are older than 15 and not “institutionalized” — those...
Tags: Business, College, Los Angeles, Sport, Poverty, Soccer, Higher Education, Local News, Orange County, Cal State Fullerton, Boone, Los Angeles County, Riverside, UC Santa Barbara, Irvine, Appalachian State University


UCLA graduates 90 percent of its athletes, USC is at 86 percent

The UCLA women’s basketball team has a 100 percent graduation success rate. (Photo by Scott Varley, Contributing Photographer) By STEVEN HERBERT | City News Service LOS ANGELES — UCLA’s athletes had a school-record 90 percent Graduation Success Rate, while USC’s was 86 percent, matching its high, according to the latest figures released today by the NCAA. The UCLA record and USC tying its record Graduation Success Rate mirror the national trend. The Graduation Success Rate for Division I athle...
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Vietnam vet to be awarded high school diploma after county office does what a district won’t

A Vietnam veteran will finally get a high school diploma from an unexpected source after battling the school district where he attended 50 years ago. Ken Weiner, who was awarded the Purple Heart after being shot twice in Vietnam, will accept a diploma from the Riverside County Superintendent of Schools on Tuesday, Nov. 13 in a ceremony called “Operation Recognition.” Weiner, who lives in Murrieta, had requested his diploma from Long Beach Unified School District; he attended Lakewood High in the...
Tags: News, Education, Sport, Soccer, Veterans, Army, Vietnam, Riverside County, Weiner, Riverside, Lakewood, Murrieta, Long Beach Unified, Southern California News Group, Ken Weiner, Top Stories LADN


School district refuses to give Vietnam vet diploma

The bullet busted through his boot and pierced his heel. Fifty years later, he remembers how badly it burned. Still, he was able to spot the enemy and give coordinates to two Cobra helicopters and the infantry. It was April 1969 in a firefight outside My Tho in the Mekong Delta region of Vietnam. Ken Weiner, a Purple Heart and Air Medal with Valor winner, was 18 then. He still doesn’t sleep all the way through at night. “I get nervous,” said Weiner, who lives in Murrieta. He is still fighting. H...
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California’s for-profit college watchdog fails to police as feds back down

Jana Bergevin’s dream was as elusive as it is common: a career in Hollywood. Growing up near Sacramento, she didn’t imagine herself in front of a camera or even behind one. She wanted to be an animator, able to turn her imagination into stories for screens big and small. Admissions officers at The Art Institute of San Francisco convinced her the for-profit college could all but guarantee her a job in the industry if she graduated from its expensive program. They talked about their connection...
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Walmart aims nearly $4 million in grants at adult education

Going back to school can be tough when you’re a working adult. Many would like to boost their skills to better compete in today’s job market. But they’re often saddled with financial barriers, conflicting work schedules, family needs and other obligations that make the prospect of taking classes virtually impossible. Walmart is looking to change that. Walmart and its nonprofit foundation will put nearly $4 million in grants toward three organizations that will provide college experiences for u...
Tags: Business, Jobs, Education, California, America, Walmart, Sport, Mit, Soccer, Harvard University, Kaiser, Oakley, John McCoy, Costa Mesa, UnitedHealthcare, Los Angeles Daily News


Gov. Brown rejects ethnic studies bill, saying high school students are overburdened

Concerns about high school students being overwhelmed by homework, tests and graduation requirements led Gov. Jerry Brown to veto a bill allowing some schools districts to require ethnic studies classes. The legislation, AB 2772, would have set up a three-year pilot program allowing 11 school districts that would be picked from throughout California to require students to take a semester or year of ethnic studies in order to graduate. The bill was authored by Assembly members Jose Medina, D-Rive...
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Here’s how Los Angeles County and California did on the 2018 state test

California students did slightly better in English and math on this year’s state test than they did last year, state education officials announced Tuesday morning, Oct. 2. In the state, 49.88 percent of students met or exceeded the English Language Arts/Literacy standards, a 1.32 percentage point increase from 2017, a news release states. In math, 38.65 percent of students met or exceeded standards, a 1.09 percentage point improvement from 2017. “We’re encouraged by what we see, especially since...
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Here’s how your county and California did on the 2018 state test

California students did slightly better in English and math on this year’s state test than they did last year, state education officials announced Tuesday morning, Oct. 2. In the state, 49.88 percent of students met or exceeded the English Language Arts/Literacy standards, a 1.32 percentage point increase from 2017, a news release states. In math, 38.65 percent of students met or exceeded standards, a 1.09 percentage point improvement from 2017. “We’re encouraged by what we see, especially since...
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Gaps in California law requiring schools to test for lead could leave children at risk

By Nico Savidge and Daniel J. Willis, EdSource Part one of a special report from EdSource revealing the extent of lead contamination in water in schools across California where water has been tested. Gaps in a new California law requiring schools to test their drinking water for lead could leave children vulnerable to the toxic metal. The law, signed by Gov. Jerry Brown last October, puts California among only seven states and the District of Columbia nationwide that require schools to test thei...
Tags: Health, News, Education, California, Environment, Uncategorized, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sport, Soccer, San Diego, Michigan, Epa, Daly City, Oakland, District Of Columbia


Lead problems in water linger at Los Angeles schools, despite years of testing and repairs

By Nico Savidge and Daniel J. Willis, EdSource Part two of a special report from EdSource revealing the extent of lead contamination in water in schools across California where water has been tested. Lead testing at Miramonte Elementary in Los Angeles Unified last January found six water outlets over the state and federal limit for drinking water. An auditorium drinking fountain tested at 10 times the lead limit. Three months later at Audubon Middle School, eight fixtures tested over the lead li...
Tags: Health, News, Education, California, Environment, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, San Diego, Michigan, Lausd, Environmental Protection Agency, Lowry, Flint, Polk, Los Angeles County


Both sides lobbying California governor on bill to delay school start time for teens

By Theresa Harrington, EdSource California teens may get to sleep a bit later before heading to school, if the governor signs a bill requiring middle and high schools to start no earlier than 8:30 a.m. But not everyone agrees that allowing the legislature to dictate the starting times of local schools is good policy. Middle and high school students in California start their school day on average at 8:07 a.m. according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a time that rese...
Tags: News, Education, California, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Riverside County, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Usc, San Pedro, Brown, Kern County, Legislature, Assembly, California Teachers Association, CSUN


How Redlands Unified allowed a predatory teacher to groom and abuse students for years, costing the district millions

It didn’t take long for Kevin Patrick Kirkland to single out the 15-year-old girl, a student in his freshman math class at Redlands High School. The girl had a difficult life — born in South Africa to a drug-addicted mother and adopted from an orphanage by a couple who subsequently moved to Redlands and put down roots. Suffering serious health problems and learning disabilities including fetal alcohol syndrome and dyslexia, she began her freshman year at Redlands High School in August 2013. Soci...
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