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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 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


School districts set poor example for students

There’s bitter irony in the loud complaints from California school officials and unions – particularly in large urban districts – about not having enough money. Schools are supposed to be teaching our children how to become productive and responsible adults, but by overspending revenues, blaming others for their fiscal problems and demanding bailouts, they are setting poor examples. We just saw a prime – but, unfortunately, not isolated – example in Los Angeles Unified, the state’s largest schoo...
Tags: California, Opinion, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Sacramento County, Gavin Newsom, U S Supreme Court, Capitol, Legislature, Dan Walters, David Gordon, Darrell Steinberg, Newsom, Public Policy Institute of California


Former LA Unified Superintendent Michelle King dies at age 57

LOS ANGELES — Former Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Michelle King died Saturday at the age of 57, the district announced. On behalf of the entire @LASchools family, we are deeply saddened to share that our beloved former Superintendent, Dr. Michelle King, has passed away. Words cannot begin to describe the sorrow we feel, the love we shared with – and for – Dr. King…https://t.co/4Nz9ydGlhL pic.twitter.com/I19nGg3d4o — L.A. Unified (@LASchools) February 3, 2019 “Words cann...
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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


With the LAUSD strike ongoing, these teachers and principals find common cause making music ‘for the kids’

Through the weekend, bargaining teams of LA Unified and teachers union UTLA were hard at work in negotiation sessions, trying to end a teachers strike that has pitted educators against administration personnel in the nation’s second largest district. But those divides didn’t stop a band comprised of teachers and administrators at Mulhulland Middle School in Lake Balboa from getting together on Sunday for a three hour-band practice. The group of eight – two principals and six teachers – have a sh...
Tags: News, Education, Kentucky, Sport, Soccer, Bruno Mars, Lausd, Local News, Justin Timberlake, Solidarity, San Fernando Valley, Garcetti, Vallone, Vanowen Street, UTLA, LA Unified


Charter schools were once LAUSD’s ‘incubators.’ Now, they’re the competition.

While tens of thousands Los Angeles Unified School District teachers marched through Grand Park on Friday, two miles away, students inside small red and white bungalows kept working. It was a normal day for the Alliance Dr. Olga Mohan High School, a charter school that’s nestled under a tangle of freeways in downtown Los Angeles. Charter schools like Alliance aren’t part of LAUSD. Though the district approved its charter in 2004, it operates with its own board. So students have largely been insu...
Tags: News, California, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, Southern California, Highland Park, Feinberg, Romero, Alliance, LA County, San Fernando Valley, PUC


Teachers should be striking for more school choice, not less

Public school teachers started striking in Los Angeles this week. Educators in Los Angeles Unified – the second biggest school district in the United States – demand bigger paychecks and smaller class sizes. The teachers union claims that the state’s unregulated charter school growth is to blame. But basic economic theory – and the scientific evidence – suggests that public school teachers should instead be fighting to increase school choice. Here’s why. Economists would argue that public school...
Tags: Opinion, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, United States, Maui, Cato Institute, Los Angeles Unified, Kennesaw State University, LA Unified, Guest Commentary, Benjamin Scafidi, Scafidi, Aurelio Mattucci, Journal of Public Economics


LA Teachers Return To The Bargaining Table In Hopes Of Ending Costly Strike

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Teachers and officials in the nation’s second-largest school district return to the bargaining table on Thursday, hoping to end a strike that has been costly and divisive. The office of Mayor Eric Garcetti announced that talks would resume at noon at City Hall, with the office “facilitating” negotiations. The announcement didn’t indicate whether any new contract offers would be on the table. Meanwhile, the teachers’ union planned to continue its picketing for a fourth day. B...
Tags: News, La, Los Angeles, Ap, Eric Garcetti, City Hall, Garcetti, Los Angeles Unified School District, United Teachers Los Angeles, Austin Beutner, Alex Caputo Pearl, Beutner, LA Unified, Summer Concepcion


No Talks Planned As Los Angeles Teacher Strike Stretches Into Day Three

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles school administrators urged the union to resume bargaining as tens of thousands of teachers planned to walk picket lines for a third day Wednesday, after being joined on strike for the first time by some of their counterparts from independent charter schools. “We need our educators back in our classrooms helping inspire our students,” said Unified School District Superintendent Austin Beutner. Teachers are pressing for higher pay, smaller class sizes and more su...
Tags: News, Los Angeles, Ap, John Rogers, University of California Los Angeles, Alex Caputo Pearl, Beutner, LA Unified, Kate Riga, Caputo Pearl, Accelerated Schools, David Biener, Biener


Near Koreatown, LAUSD teachers strike brings a street festival with live music, street vendors, and Socialist-funded tacos — oh, and picketing, too

If it weren’t for the picket signs, the crowd that gathered across four blocks near Little Tokyo could’ve been mistaken for a street festival. Between the bands and street vendors, protesters were dancing in drum circles and breaking into chants. But there they were, in the middle of a massive walkout: striking teachers from across the Los Angeles Unified School District, joined with some charter school teachers from The Accelerated Schools, a network of L.A. charter schools whose teachers were ...
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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


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


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...
Tags: News, Education, California, La, Los Angeles, West Virginia, Sport, Soccer, United States, Lausd, Local News, Orange County, Southern California, San Pedro, San Bernardino, U S Supreme Court


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...
Tags: News, Education, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Glendale, New York Times, Lausd, Local News, Ucla, Perez, Feb, Valley, Burbank, California Teachers Association


Anticipated LA Unified strike has some parents planning to pull their kids out of school

It was nearly 30 years ago when Yanina Nunez was a student during the last Los Angeles Unified School District strike. She was a third grader at Harbor Elementary School. Nunez remembers the nine-day strike in 1989 as chaotic. “They would send us from one class to another,” she said. “There wasn’t a lot of supervision, they would just cram us in the auditorium. We would just get there and do nothing.” Now a parent of two, Nunez doesn’t want her children to go through the same experience she did,...
Tags: Facebook, Education, Sport, Soccer, Sharp, Lausd, Johnson, Local News, Los Angeles Unified School District, Van Nuys, Stephanie Johnson, United Teachers Los Angeles, Lomita, Nunez, Eric Sharp, UTLA


LAUSD strike update: Day 2 of renewed talks go nowhere, union president says

The second round of last-ditch talks between Los Angeles Unified and the teachers union as they try to avert a strike stalled Wednesday, according to union officials. The strike is now planned for Monday, Jan. 14, union officials announced earlier Wednesday. The strike was scheduled for Thursday. “Today in bargaining,” union President Alex Caputo Pearl said Wednesday evening, “we did not see seriousness on the part of the school district to try and resolve our contract struggle.” Related Artic...
Tags: Education, Uncategorized, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, District, LA County, Austin Beutner, Alex Caputo Pearl, Beutner, UTLA, LA Metro, LA Unified


As LA Unified pushes new legal bid to postpone strike, parents and teachers make their picket signs in North Hollywood

On a street corner in North Hollywood, dozens of LAUSD elementary school students held handmade picket signs and chanted “Class size matters” or “We support teachers” to honking passersby on Sunday, as the teachers union said that its Jan. 10 strike date may be prolonged to Jan. 14 by a new legal offensive filed by the district. “UTLA goes to court proactively this week to scuttle his third attempt at an injunction, based on a disingenuous claim that UTLA did not give sufficient notice of our in...
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As LAUSD pushes new legal bid to postpone strike, parents and teachers make their picket signs in North Hollywood

On a street corner in North Hollywood, dozens of Los Angeles Unified elementary school students held handmade picket signs and chanted “Class size matters” or “We support teachers” to honking passersby on Sunday, as the teachers union said that its Jan. 10 strike date may be prolonged to Jan. 14 by a new legal offensive filed by the district. “UTLA goes to court proactively this week to scuttle his third attempt at an injunction, based on a disingenuous claim that UTLA did not give sufficient no...
Tags: Facebook, News, Education, La, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, Otis, Colfax, Los Angeles Unified, PTA, United Teachers Los Angeles, Austin Beutner, North Hollywood, Faith Presbyterian Church


Roberta Weintraub, ‘warrior for the San Fernando Valley,’ dies at 83

Roberta Weintraub, a time-honored civic leader and former LA school board member with deep roots in the San Fernando Valley, died on Jan. 1, 2019. She was 83. She first gained notoriety as an activist against school-busing in the 1970s, and went on to champion issues of education and law enforcement across ideological lines. Weintraub represented the east Valley on the Los Angeles Unified School District board before she was elected president four times during her 14-year tenure on the dais. Fol...
Tags: News, Congress, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Obituaries, John F Kennedy, City Council, Local News, Lapd, Los Angeles Times, Ucla, Michael, Ava, Daily News, Northridge


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...
Tags: News, Education, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Union, Lausd, Local News, Ucla, John Rogers, PLAYA VISTA, Woodland Hills, San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles Unified School District, Los Angeles Unified


LAUSD hires hundreds of substitute staffers as teachers prepare to strike

As leaders of Los Angeles Unified School District and United Teachers Los Angeles remain locked in an impasse over a new contract, the district has hired hundreds of substitute staffers to replace picketing educators in the event of a potential strike come Jan. 10. The districts’ preliminary move, alongside the union’s strike preparations, is a sign of the increasing likelihood of a the strike that would be LAUSD’s first since 1989 and stands to impact the daily operations of hundreds of schools...
Tags: News, Education, La, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, Valley, PTA, Austin Beutner, Alex Caputo Pearl, Beutner, Caputo, UTLA, LA Unified, Top Stories LADN


Teachers union demands ‘immediate’ cap on new charter schools in LAUSD, days after setting strike date

Days after United Teachers of Los Angeles announced that its first strike against LA Unified since 1989 will begin Jan. 10, the union’s president called for an “immediate” cap on charter school growth in the district. UTLA President Alex Caputo-Pearl and other union leaders argued that unrestricted expansion of new charter schools starves public resources from existing public schools and contributes to declining student enrollment. “We’re here today because it’s time to invest in our existing sc...
Tags: News, Education, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Jerry Brown, Local News, Gavin Newsom, District, LA Times, Los Angeles Unified School District, West Valley, Eli Broad, Austin Beutner, Alex Caputo Pearl


LA schools are awarded $77 million in federal grant money for college access among low-income students

As a young Angeleno in an unstable housing situation and low-income parents, college was far from a given for Mark Aguilar. But thanks in part to a national college readiness program, he’s now in his second year at CSUN as a political science major. At the New Economics for Women center in Canoga Park, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said Wednesday that the Los Angeles Unified School District and the Youth Policy Institute along with charter school group Bright Star Schools will receive $77.8 mi...
Tags: News, Education, Congress, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, Eric Garcetti, Clinton, Trump, U S Department of Education, CSUN, San Fernando Valley, Garcetti


Taft students shower Telfair Elementary in gifts, holiday spirit

Sitting cross-legged in rows along the classroom carpet, second-graders at Telfair Elementary School in Pacoima squealed in unison to find festively wrapped gifts in their lap, hand delivered by Santa’s elves from the North Pole. Yet the elves were actually 60 towering teens from Taft Charter High School in Woodland Hills who had collected almost 1,000 gifts for Friday’s fourth-annual holiday event with Telfair, a fellow LA Unified campus that has taken a spotlight after widespread reports of st...
Tags: News, Education, California, Uncategorized, Sport, Harvard, Soccer, Idaho, Lausd, Santa, Local News, Taft, John McCoy, LA Times, Steiner, Woodland Hills


West Valley residents weigh in on LAUSD study to turn district sites into housing for homeless youth, families

A push to study whether Los Angeles public schools can house homeless students and their families is drawing fierce pushback from some West Valley residents, who say their area is too residential — and becoming even more so with major developments in the pipeline — for such an effort. More than 200 residents packed a room at the American Legion Hall in Woodland Hills Wednesday night, with the overflow spilling outside despite the pouring rain during what was the first community meeting since the...
Tags: News, Education, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, City Council, Pasadena, Local News, Platt, Valley, Walker, Winnetka, Woodland Hills, LA County


West Valley residents urge LAUSD to steer clear of converting sites into shelters for homeless youth

A plan to house homeless youth at LA public schools has drawn the ire of West San Fernando Valley residents. In November, the Los Angeles Unified School District board passed a resolution, authored by board member Kelly Gonez, asking LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner’s office to study the possibility of new shelters and possibly converting some existing district properties into homes for homeless youth. The effort would be a collaboration of city and county agencies, private companies and nonp...
Tags: News, La, Uncategorized, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, Eric Garcetti, Walker, Los Angeles City, San Fernando Valley, Garcetti, Tom Booth, Los Angeles Unified School District, West Valley, Sherman Oaks


Telfair Elementary: The heart of LAUSD’s homeless crisis could become ground zero for change

By Taylor Swaak, LA School Report If LA Unified’s growing student homeless crisis had an epicenter, Telfair Elementary in the northeast San Fernando Valley would be it. Last year the school had the highest percentage of homeless students; so far this year, it’s tied for first place. And as the district explores expanding support for its estimated 16,000 homeless students, Telfair could be first in line for help — and a model for the rest of LA Unified. The school board in November passed a resol...
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8 in 10 LAUSD seniors apply to college. Here’s the campuses they chose, new study shows

By Esmeralda Fabián Romero, LA School Report Eight out of 10 LA Unified seniors applied to college, and nearly two-thirds applied to at least one four-year college, according to a new report —  the first in a series examining Los Angeles students’ college-going data. Those figures, for the Class of 2017, show that Los Angeles seniors apply at similar rates as their peers nationally. But they outpace their peers in the number of applications they submit. The study is the first by a research partn...
Tags: News, Education, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, University Of California, Ucla, Miller, Los Angeles County, CSU, UC Santa Barbara, UC San Diego, GPA, UC Irvine