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LAUSD passes resolution on Armenian Genocide, potentially recognizing it as a school holiday

The governing board of the Los Angeles Unified School District on Tuesday passed a resolution granting special recognition to the memory of the Armenian Genocide, a day before members of the Armenian community commemorate the extermination of 1.5 million Armenians during the fall of the Ottoman Empire starting in 1915. The resolution asks district Superintendent Austin Beutner to explore the possibility of making April 24 a school holiday and instituting a professional development program on the...
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LAUSD to consider excusing absences on Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day

The board of the Los Angeles Unified School District is set to vote Tuesday on whether to give special recognition to the memory of the Armenian Genocide, potentially instituting April 24th as a school holiday and introducing district-wide professional development to deepen staff knowledge of the subject. Put forward for an April 23 meeting by board member Kelly Gonez – who represents schools in the northeast San Fernando Valley – the resolution commemorates anew the month of April and April 24t...
Tags: Hollywood, News, Education, La, US, Los Angeles, Sport, Turkey, Soccer, Glendale, Lausd, Local News, Trump, Valley, Burbank, LA County


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


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


Teachers and school districts won’t be able to blame charter schools much longer

It’s been a rough few months for charter schools and Californians who believe students and parents are better off when they have educational choices —and it could get worse as the state legislature takes up multiple charter school bills. Earlier this year when the United Teachers of Los Angeles (UTLA) and Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) reached a new labor agreement, it called on the school district’s board members to endorse state legislation that would prevent new charter schools f...
Tags: California, Opinion, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, DMV, Lausd, Julian Assange, Jerry Brown, Gavin Newsom, Southern California, Trump, Austin Beutner, Los Angeles Unified School District LAUSD, Independent Financial Review Panel, UTLA


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


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


Eric Garcetti would ‘look seriously’ at a U.S. Senate bid; what else could his future hold?

At the City Hall press conference in January where Eric Garcetti took the unusual step of announcing that he was not a candidate for president, a reporter asked if he was ruling out a White House run forever or only in 2020. The silly question drew a silly answer. “Garcetti 2040! I’d like to say that right now,” the Los Angeles mayor said, laughing. It’s pretty obvious that Garcetti aspires to run for president in a year to be determined. The serious question is what the 48-year-old Democrat cou...
Tags: California, Senate, White House, America, Los Angeles, Sport, Joe Biden, Soccer, United Nations, Hud, Columbia University, Lausd, Dianne Feinstein, Eric Garcetti, San Antonio, Usc


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


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: With progressive veteran in the lead, the runners-up for LA School Board are in a tight race for run-off

Front-runner and labor favorite Jackie Goldberg continued leading the pack in the Los Angeles Unified School District’s school board district 5 election Wednesday. But the race for a seat that could tilt the political shift of the school board was far from over. Goldberg, who won just over 48 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s election, will most likely face a runoff against one of two candidates who are now in an extremely tight battle for second place. Huntington Park Councilwoman Graciela “Grac...
Tags: News, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, SEIU, Local-news, Bell, Daily News, Ortiz, State Assembly, Valley, Goldberg, Garcetti, Los Angeles Unified School District


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: 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 can’t be trusted with more money, reject their parcel tax proposal

The Los Angeles Unified School District’s rush to place a half billion dollar a year parcel tax on the June ballot is about as comical as it gets. It’s reminiscent of that P.J. O’Rourke quote that “giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys,” only LAUSD has been failing so long it’s more like giving whiskey and car keys to a grizzled alcoholic with a suspended license and a long rap sheet. LAUSD leaders have, for years, known the district can’t susta...
Tags: California, Opinion, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Rourke, District, Los Angeles Unified School District, Austin Beutner, Newsom, Sal Rodriguez, Will Tesla, UTLA, Opinion columns


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


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


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


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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Thousands of protesters decry potential limits on charter schools as LAUSD board tackles teachers’ pact

As Los Angeles Unified’s school board geared up to vote on the hard-fought agreement that ended the nine-day teachers strike — which includes a resolution calling on Superintendent Austin Beutner to explore a temporary freeze on new charter schools in Los Angeles — students, parents and teachers from dozens of charter schools rallied against the measure outside district headquarters. The rally, which organizers said numbered about 5,000 demonstrators, inspired déjà vu of the United Teachers Los ...
Tags: News, Education, La, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, Donald Trump, Eric Garcetti, Gavin Newsom, Losangeles, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, Los Angeles Daily News, Los Angeles Unified


LAUSD tackles teachers’ agreement, charter resolution today

The Los Angeles Unified School District’s Board of Education is slated to vote today on the agreement hammered out between district officials and its teachers during a bitter nine-day strike. The agreement will call for a complex mix of flexibility and cleverness from the district to secure an influx of new funding from the state and elsewhere to fend off the financial disaster that LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner has been warning of since the day he took office. The district also tackles a ...
Tags: News, Education, La, Sacramento, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, Donald Trump, Eric Garcetti, Gavin Newsom, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, United Teachers Los Angeles, Austin Beutner, Alex Caputo Pearl, Beutner


Los Angeles Unified digs a deeper hole for itself

The union that represents teachers in the state’s largest school district, Los Angeles Unified, is claiming that its six-day strike produced a victory, and local media are echoing that line. It may be, however, a pyrrhic victory because it could drive LA Unified, which is already in a deep financial hole, mostly of its own making, even closer to insolvency. United Teachers of Los Angeles settled for the same 6 percent salary rise over two years that the district had offered before the strike. It...
Tags: California, Opinion, Sacramento, Sport, Soccer, Jerry Brown, Gavin Newsom, Trump, Capitol, Legislature, Dan Walters, California Public Employees Retirement System, Los Angeles Unified, Austin Beutner, Newsom, LA Unified


After teacher strike agreement, LAUSD school board to vote Tuesday on supporting charter school moratorium

By Taylor Swaak, LA School Report The L.A. Unified school board will vote Tuesday on a resolution that would direct the superintendent to pursue a moratorium on new charter schools in the district. The resolution would also require the school board to call on state officials to study the financial impact of charters on the district to inform revisions to the state’s charter law. And the superintendent would have to report if a moratorium requires a voter-approved ballot initiative. A school boar...
Tags: News, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, Castro, Gavin Newsom, State, Perez, San Fernando Valley, United Teachers Los Angeles, Austin Beutner, LA school, Reason Foundation, California Department of Education


LAUSD teachers strike ends, but the debate is revving up in Sacramento

By Ricardo Cano As Los Angeles teachers celebrate the end of their six-day strike against California’s largest school district, the issues underlying the union’s bitter walkout appear to be headed straight for the state Capitol. The Los Angeles Unified School District and United Teachers Los Angeles reached a deal Tuesday, ending nearly two years of deadlocked negotiations. The strike—the first in 30 years at the district—had impacted more than a half-million students and disrupted the city for ...
Tags: News, Education, California, Senate, Sacramento, Los Angeles, West Virginia, Sport, Soccer, Arizona, Lausd, Local News, Eric Garcetti, Gavin Newsom, City Hall, Capitol


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Now that the Los Angeles teachers strike has ended, the Los Angeles Unified School District and the United Teachers Los Angeles union have pledged to work together, on improvements for district schools, to push for more education funds from county and state governments and to advocate for a change to the state’s property tax system to generate more money for schools in the future. But it was just last month that a state-appointed fact-finding report noted a “lack of trust” between the two sides....
Tags: Uncategorized, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Eric Garcetti, Ucla, Rogers, John Rogers, Macon, California Los Angeles, Los Angeles Unified School District, United Teachers Los Angeles, Austin Beutner, Alex Caputo Pearl, Reseda


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Now that the Los Angeles teachers strike has ended, the Los Angeles Unified School District and the United Teachers Los Angeles union have pledged to work together, on improvements for district schools, to push for more education funds from county and state governments and to advocate for a change to the state’s property tax system to generate more money for schools in the future. But it was just last month that a state-appointed fact-finding report noted a “lack of trust” between the two sides....
Tags: Uncategorized, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Eric Garcetti, Ucla, Rogers, John Rogers, Macon, California Los Angeles, Los Angeles Unified School District, United Teachers Los Angeles, Austin Beutner, Alex Caputo Pearl, Reseda


The strike is over in LAUSD, but the district’s problems remain

“This wouldn’t happen at Hogwarts.” So read a protest sign displayed during the recent LA teacher strike. But no district official — or lawmaker or taxpayer — can wave a magic wand to make LAUSD’s crushing fiscal problems go away. After more than a week of negotiating, LAUSD officials largely agreed to union demands, and teachers returned to work on Jan. 23. News media have called the settlement “historic,” but considering the promises for additional hires and new funding, the settlement sounds ...
Tags: California, Opinion, Washington, La, Sport, Indiana, Soccer, Arizona, Air, Lausd, Louisiana, Denver, Gavin Newsom, Trump, Oakland California, Hogwarts


If you actually want to fight for students, then listen up

At no point in the nearly two years it took for the United Teachers Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Unified School District superintendent to reach a tentative deal were students asked what they wanted or how proposed solutions would impact their educational aspirations. Yet we saw both UTLA and LAUSD co-opt the interests of students when defending their position. UTLA President Alex Caputo-Pearl has said: “students across the city are not getting what they deserve.” LAUSD Superintendent Austin ...
Tags: California, Opinion, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Ucla, Gavin Newsom, Trump, Los Angeles Unified School District, Los Angeles Unified, United Teachers Los Angeles, Austin Beutner, Alex Caputo Pearl, UTLA