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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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LAUSD remains undecided about schools reopening this fall

Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Austin Beutner said Monday, June 29, that no decision has been made about students returning to school facilities amid the COVID-19 pandemic when the academic year starts Aug. 18, but he said officials are working on a plan. Beutner’s statements were presented along with a survey from LAUSD that showed 59% of families said they would be comfortable sending their child back to school for the fall semester, while 21% said they are uncertain and 20...
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LAUSD discussion on future of school police ends in stalemate

A Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education discussion about the future of its 471-member police department ended in a stalemate Tuesday, after zero of the three proposals for action received majority support from the seven-member body. The legislative impasse came after hours of public comment and vigorous debate among the democratically elected board following weeks of youth-led protests to defund the Los Angeles School Police Department (LASPD), a call backed by the teachers unio...
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LA school board to mull funding cuts for police department following ‘defund’ protests

The Los Angeles Unified school board will consider three resolutions calling to re-examine, reform or all-but dismantle its school police department on Tuesday, a topic likely to spark impassioned debate about the role of law enforcement officers in schools. The resolutions come amid ongoing protests for racial justice and demands that local governments slash municipal police budgets, calls directed at the LA School Police Department (LASPD) after public school districts in Minneapolis, Chicago ...
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Supreme Court ruling on DACA brings joy, wary relief for many in Southern California

For the past few weeks, on the days when the U.S. Supreme Court releases its rulings, Rosa Barrientos has been waking up early to meet up with fellow immigrant-rights advocates – just in case a DACA decision was forthcoming. On Thursday, that day came. “I feel overwhelmed with happiness,” said Barrientos, 26, a recipient of the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which on Thursday got a lifeline from the highest court in the land. Justices rejected the way the Trump adminis...
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LA Unified chief calls to end school police use of pepper spray and policy allowing chokeholds

Los Angeles Unified Superintendent Austin Beutner said Monday, June 15 that he will recommend the district’s school board eliminate school police officers’ use of pepper spray and policies allowing carotid choke holds before the next academic year. He also tapped a small group of community members to help conduct a budget review of the Los Angeles school police, “to look at what is needed to keep schools safe as well as what students need to feel free from stigma,” and present concrete changes t...
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How to Reopen America’s Schools

Many questions remain as experts weigh options for getting children back into the classroom.
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Return to LAUSD schools still uncertain but could be online/in-person hybrid

What Los Angeles public schools will look like this fall remains unclear, but campuses could combine a mix of in-person and online instruction depending on availability of testing and the trajectory of the COVID-19 outbreak, said L.A. Unified officials Wednesday, June 3. In a live-streamed address, Superintendent Austin Beutner called on local and state government leaders to provide testing and contact tracing to students and staff, pointing the key role schools play in reopening the economy. LA...
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Return to LAUSD schools remains uncertain but could be online/in-person hybrid

What Los Angeles public schools will look like this fall remains unclear, but campuses could combine a mix of in-person and online instruction depending on availability of testing and the trajectory of the COVID-19 outbreak, said L.A. Unified officials Wednesday, June 3. In a live-streamed address, Superintendent Austin Beutner called on local and state government leaders to provide testing and contact tracing to students and staff, pointing the key role schools play in reopening the economy. LA...
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Coronavirus economy could cost LAUSD $500 million

The coronavirus economy will deliver a $507 million hit for Los Angeles Unified’s coming academic year, officials said on Tuesday, May 19, at the district’s first board meeting since the outbreak forced campuses to shutter. District Chief Financial Officer David Hart offered the grim post-pandemic budget projections for the nation’s second largest school district, which he said was already operating with a structural deficit and facing declining enrollment. According to his projection, L.A. Unif...
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LAUSD superintendent says budget cuts could be ‘just as real a threat’ as coronavirus

Los Angeles Unified Superintendent Austin Beutner warned Monday, May, 18, that state budget cuts could harm students, while the district is bracing for its own budget shortfalls due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “The harm children are facing is just as real a threat to them as is the coronavirus,” he said in a prepared weekly address. Beutner added that state and federal governments “jumped into action” to support patients who became ill and pour funding to make sure hospitals were adequately funded...
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Coronavirus: Nearly all LAUSD students are now learning online, says district superintendent

Nearly every public school student in Los Angeles is participating in online learning, said L.A. Unified Superintendent Austin Beutner almost two months since schools closed for the coronavirus and nearing the academic year’s end. District officials said virtual summer school, which is open for any student wishing to attend, is slated to begin June 24. The district is also working on creating more online learning plans for students with disabilities. District leaders are also bracing for a histo...
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Remote learning is that much harder for LA County special education students

Since California announced the closure of public schools more than a month ago, the process of moving to remote learning has been vexing for both parents and educators –  but particularly those of children with disabilities. Despite the threat of litigation and the myriad challenges of translating special education services to virtual platforms, many Los Angeles County school districts have carried on implementing distance learning for all students. “To not provide any education because we’re wo...
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Coronavirus: LAUSD to start new school year in August, but whether classrooms reopen remains uncertain

The next academic year for Los Angeles public school students will begin mid-August — after two months of virtual summer school — but whether the fall begins online or in physical classrooms remains unclear, L.A. school district officials said Monday, May 4. Open enrollment summer session will begin in mid-June, said Superintendent Austin Beutner during his weekly update  launched after schools were forced to shutter for the coronavirus pandemic. “The 2020-21 school year starts on August 18,” sa...
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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...
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Widespread testing, contract tracing is needed to reopen LA schools, says superintendent

The nation’s second-largest school district will not reopen campuses without widespread coronavirus testing and contract tracing for students and employees, Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Austin Beutner said on Monday, April 27. The edict came six weeks after the district closed all of its nearly 600 schools and launched remote learning and food aid distribution in hopes of thwarting the spread of COVID-19, alongside stay-at-home orders and business shutdowns. “We closed scho...
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As food lines grow, L.A. Unified marks 10 million meals served to families amid coronavirus closures

At least 10 million meals have been distributed to children and adults in need of assistance in the wake of school closures amid the coronavirus pandemic, Los Angeles Unified School District officials said Monday, April 20. The milestone comes five weeks after campuses shuttered. As reports show unprecedented numbers of job losses amid L.A. stay-at-home orders and business shutdowns, lines continue to grow at the district’s dozens of “Grab and Go” meal sites. At San Fernando High School on Monda...
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LAUSD to spend $200 million in emergency coronavirus response costs

Los Angeles Unified School District officials said Monday that the district will incur $200 million in estimated emergency coronavirus response costs by the end of the school year, as anticipated budget cuts loom. In a live-streamed and televised announcement, Superintendent Austin Beutner said the expenditures went toward thousands of meals, training for educators thrust into remote instruction, and technology procurement among other expenses. Although state officials may relax those rules in t...
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Amid coronavirus, UTLA’s push against L.A. charter school co-locations is staying its course

Amid unprecedented school upheaval during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Los Angeles teacher’s union fight against campus-sharing agreements between charter and district schools stayed firmly on course to the outcry of charter advocates. The ongoing pressure campaign was on display in a socially-distanced demonstration at Shirley Elementary in Reseda on Tuesday morning, April 14, as teachers in masks stood six feet apart and protested a plan to open a new privately operated public school on their ca...
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Amid coronavirus, UTLA push against L.A. charter school co-locations is staying course

Amid unprecedented school upheaval during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Los Angeles teacher’s union fight against campus-sharing agreements between charter and district schools stayed firmly on course to the outcry of charter advocates. The ongoing pressure campaign was on display in a socially-distanced demonstration at Shirley Elementary in Reseda on Tuesday morning, April 14, as teachers in masks stood six feet apart and protested a plan to open a new privately operated public school on their ca...
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LA school campuses will remain shuttered for remainder of school year, says Superintendent Beutner

Los Angeles public school campuses will remain shuttered for the remainder of the school year and students will learn remotely through summer school, amid the ongoing novel coronavirus epidemic, L.A. Unified officials said Monday, April 13. Superintendent Austin Beutner made the announcement in a livestreamed coronavirus update from his home, where he also discussed graduations, grades and an agreement outlining terms of distance learning with teachers union United Teachers Los Angeles. “It’s be...
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LA school campuses will remain shuttered for entire school year, says Superintendent

Los Angeles public school campuses will remain closed for the remainder of the school year and students will learn remotely through summer school, L.A. Unified officials said Monday, April 13. Superintendent Austin Beutner made the announcement in a live-streamed COVID-19 update from his home on the first day back from spring break, where he discussed virtual graduations, grades and a distance learning agreement with United Teachers Los Angeles. The move came weeks after recommendations to close...
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Teachers union, LAUSD agree on distance-learning pact amid coronavirus closures

Officials at the Los Angeles Unified School District said Thursday, April 9, that a labor agreement was reached with the United Teachers Los Angeles union on terms of remote schooling amid closures for the COVID-19 pandemic. Under the agreement teachers will be able to create their own work schedules and not be required to teach classes using live video conferencing platforms, key demands made by UTLA President Alex Caputo-Pearl ahead of negotiations that began last Thursday. The deal will “prov...
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Supt. Austin Beutner said more LAUSD students are online, though gaps remain as spring break begins

About 74% of nearly 500,000 K-12 students at Los Angeles public schools have access to technology and have logged on to distance learning platforms — including 96% of high school students — according to the L.A. Unified School District officials. LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner shared the charted figures on Monday, April 6, in a distance-learning update, three weeks after he closed school campuses amid the worsening coronavirus epidemic. The numbers reflected progress at the start of a week-...
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UTLA’s latest shameful attack on charter schools

With myriad troubles facing students in the Los Angeles Unified School District, the president of the United Teachers Los Angeles’ myopic focus on power is so troubling. In a letter to Superintendent Austin Beutner, Alex Caputo-Pearl once again attacked charter schools, this time under the fear-mongering guise of COVID-19 concerns, demanding a substantial delay on any new charter schools or co-location charters. While Caputo-Pearl argued that his demands were based in health concerns and a lack ...
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Coronavirus: Family emergency planning should take pets into account

Callie Acosta of Riverside gives love to her newly adopted Gizz-Moe, a 10-year-old, blind, shih tzu mix, at Mary S. Roberts Pet Adoption Center on Wednesday, April 1, 2020. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Chairs are set up outside in case of a crowd at Mary S. Roberts Pet Adoption Center’s intake area in Riverside on Wednesday, April 1, 2020. “Visitors are following the six foot rule. Families are obviously staying together, but the others are doing good with following. ...
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Amazon employee at Atwater Village warehouse tests positive for coronavirus

An Amazon employee at a warehouse in Atwater Village has tested positive for the coronavirus, an Amazon spokesperson confirmed to City News Service on Wednesday. The employee, who will be paid while they self-quarantine at home, works at an Amazon warehouse at 3334 N. San Fernando Road, Building E, and Amazon has asked the individual not to return to the site for 14 days. Amazon is working to notify all associates who were in close contact with the employee at work. Those employees are also bein...
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LA mayor urges Angelenos to wear homemade masks while coronavirus outbreak continues

The streets of Los Angeles could start to resemble those in some Asian communities soon, if Angelenos take Mayor Eric Garcetti’s recommendation Wednesday to wear non-medical or homemade masks during needed trips outdoors to minimize the spread of the novel coronavirus. Wrapping a black mask around his ears and face during his daily briefing, Garcetti modeled the new, COVID-19-inspired style, and safety precaution, before an online audience watching the briefing on live streams over Facebook and ...
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Should you cover your face to thwart coronavirus? The answer varies as local health officials mull over options

Bandanas. Scarves. Homemade fabric masks. Those are some of the items people out in public are wearing to cover their faces in efforts to stop the spread of coronavirus. But should they be doing it? That question reportedly is under review by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials. The CDC’s current guidance states that only people who are sick need to wear masks when they are around other people or before entering a health provider’s office, according to the agency’s website. But ...
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