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LAUSD’s punishing parcel tax proposal

America’s most dysfunctional school district has stepped in it again. The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), apparently coming to the shocking realization that there was no way they could pay for the horrible deal they just cut with the unions, has hurriedly placed on the ballot for June a new property tax that leaves no Los Angeles taxpayer unscathed. That grassroots taxpayer interests would be opposed to the new levy is no surprise. But several business organizations, usually more to...
Tags: Opinion, Opinion columns


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...
Tags: Local News, News, Education, LAUSD, Top Stories Breeze, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories PSN, Top Stories SGVT, Top Stories WDN


Assembly Bill 221 is bad for students, teachers and communities

During the LAUSD teachers’ strike, I stood with my colleagues for six days on the picket lines fighting for more funding and resources to improve our city’s public schools. All of us striking teachers were inspired by the outpouring of support from people in Los Angeles and across the country. After nine years in the profession, I never felt more inspired to be a teacher. Only weeks after the strike, some of my enthusiasm about the future of our public schools and the teaching profession has bee...
Tags: California, Opinion, America, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, TFA, Teach for America, Guest Commentary, Sacramento Assembly, America Teach For America, First Teach For America, Teach For America Being, Justin Bragg


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


This Reseda teacher just won’t let students fail

Brenda Young pretty much rocks. That was the gist of it on Tuesday, as the Los Angeles Unified School District teacher they call “Ms. Y” was chosen as a national LifeChanger of the Year winner during a surprise assembly at John R. Wooden High School in Reseda. But in a way, it was no surprise that this particular award was given to this particular teacher. She’s known for motivating and inspiring her students, with a goal of reaching their full potential. “You will not fail on my time,” is her m...
Tags: News, Education, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, John Wooden, Los Angeles Unified School District, Reseda, National Life Group, Top Stories LADN, Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star News, Pasadena Star News SCNG, Reseda School, Brenda Young


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


Repenning claims victory, looks ahead to spot in runoff against Jackie Goldberg for LAUSD school board seat

Heather Repenning’s campaign claimed victory on Friday after a final round of vote tallies in the LAUSD school board primary election cemented her lead by a fractional margin over Graciela Ortiz, meaning she will likely face Jackie Goldberg in a May 14 runoff for the seat. The County Registrar’s office said there are no outstanding votes left to be counted from the March 5 primary, although the election results have yet to be certified. Earning 13.13 percent of the vote, Repenning’s edge over Or...
Tags: News, Education, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, City Council, Local News, Eric Garcetti, Ortiz, Legislature, Goldberg, Top Stories LADN, Ref Rodriguez, LAUSD Board District, Jackie Goldberg, Heather Repenning


Repenning claims victory, looks to spot in runoff against Jackie Goldberg for LAUSD school board seat

Heather Repenning’s campaign claimed victory on Friday after a final round of vote tallies in the LAUSD school board primary election solidified her lead by a fractional margin over Graciela Ortiz, meaning she will likely face Jackie Goldberg in a May 14 runoff for the seat. The County Registrar’s office said there are no outstanding votes left to be counted from the March 5 primary, although the election results have yet to be certified. Earning 13.13 percent of the vote, Repenning’s edge over ...
Tags: News, Education, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, City Council, Local News, Eric Garcetti, Ortiz, Legislature, Goldberg, Top Stories LADN, Ref Rodriguez, LAUSD Board District, Jackie Goldberg, Heather Repenning


Basic errors, sophisticated camouflage

For as long as politicians have claimed to represent “the people,” their power has relied on the idea that governing is too complicated or sophisticated to leave to ordinary people. This, however, was not the understanding of our founding generation. For instance, Cato’s Letters, “the most popular, quotable, esteemed source of political ideas in the colonial period,” according to Clinton Rossiter, said “The principles of government lie open to common sense; but people are taught not to think of ...
Tags: California, Opinion, Elizabeth Warren, Sport, Soccer, Ben Franklin, Lausd, Pepperdine University, Cato, Independent Institute, Thomas Sowell, Gabriel Zucman, Ilhan Omar, UTLA, Ed Morrissey, Guest Commentary


To grow state economy, set attainment goals and close equity gaps in college education

Californians received welcome news last year when the state flexed its power and became the fifth largest economy in the world. This didn’t happen by accident. Our previous state leaders made smart and significant investments in our education systems to produce a world-class workforce. We allowed innovators and disruptors to thrive and create new industries, and we embraced the diversity that has made the Golden State such a great place to live, work and do business. Instead of becoming complace...
Tags: California, Opinion, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Gavin Newsom, Golden State, Newsom, Ilhan Omar, UTLA, Guest Commentary, California College Promise, Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, Gov Newsom, The Campaign for College Opportunity, Maria S Salinas


Yemen conflict another opportunity to resolve war powers questions

The Congress is about to assert its constitutional role over war powers.  Last December, the Senate voted to end US assistance for the Saudi-led coalition’s participation in the civil war in Yemen. The US has been providing logistical and intelligence support, including aerial refueling (now ceased), for the Saudi’s military action against the Iranian-backed rebels in Yemen. The war has caused widespread civilian casualties and starvation conditions in Yemen, and Saudi Arabia has been widely con...
Tags: Congress, California, Washington Post, Opinion, Saudi Arabia, Senate, US, America, Sport, Turkey, Iran, Soccer, United States, House, House Of Representatives, Lausd


Politicians try to keep us in the dark

Every year, governors and state legislators load up bills that supposedly implement the state budget with all sorts of extracurricular provisions benefiting those to whom they owe favors. They use these “trailer bills” because they can be, and often have been, passed very quickly after being drafted, thereby concealing their goodies from public scrutiny until they are safely enacted. After many years of such shenanigans, some reformers finally placed a measure on the ballot to require 72-hour no...
Tags: California, Opinion, Sport, Soccer, San Diego, Pra, Lausd, Department Of Justice, UC Berkeley, Chula Vista, Capitol, Dan Walters, Xavier Becerra, Hueso, Becerra, Sen Ben Hueso


LAUSD needs proper funding. The parcel tax will help.

The Los Angeles teachers strike highlighted the crisis in our schools and brought widespread awareness to the need for proper funding. The next necessary step is to pass the new parcel tax on the June 4 ballot. The parcel tax would raise $450 to $500 million annually for LAUSD schools. United Teachers of Los Angeles seeks $20,000 in per-pupil funding per year by the year 2020. According to 2018 Education Week Research Center data, several states have reached this goal or are close to it, but Cal...
Tags: New York, California, Opinion, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Census Bureau, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, James Monroe High School, Jon Coupal, Sal Rodriguez, Education Week Research Center, Southern California News Group, Guest Commentary


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


Americans still confused about the meaning of socialism

Last week this column asked, “Why are we still debating the merits of socialism?” Based on quite a few responses, I’ve come up with three main answers. First, a surprising number of people still are seduced by its nice-sounding promises. Second, some politicians and activists are using the term again, which gives rise to this discussion. If you ask the public anything, including the virtues of cannibalism or self-immolation, a certain percentage will like the idea. Third, many people think wanti...
Tags: Opinion, Russia, Sport, Soccer, Social Security, Medicare, Venezuela, Lausd, Nicaragua, Cuba, Fidel Castro, Bernie Sanders, Vladimir Lenin, Mitchell, Hugo Chavez, Ecclesiastes


Settling the Mitchell case the wrong move for Los Angeles

Every day I hear from my constituents that homelessness is a crisis in Los Angeles. Most complain about encampments, bulky items and piles of trash in the public right of way. But the real tragedy is the thousands of people who are forced to live in these growing landfills on our sidewalks, alleys and streets. Last year the county registered a record 124 cases of typhus, including a case involving a deputy city attorney. Typhus is a medieval disease caused by infected fleas and spread by rats. R...
Tags: California, Opinion, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, City Council, Los Angeles City Council, Mitchell, Drew Pinsky, Board of Supervisors, Los Angeles Police Department, Joe Buscaino, City of Los Angeles, SCAQMD, Mike Feuer


LAUSD’s rushed parcel tax threatens local businesses

Looking for increased revenues to pay for the Los Angeles school strike settlement, the plan apparently is to largely target business. This will add to the perception that Los Angeles and California are not business friendly. Two types of property taxes are aimed at raising school revenue, one weighted toward business, the second aimed exclusively at business. The parcel tax put on the June 4 ballot by the Los Angeles Unified School District board affects both homeowners and businesses. However,...
Tags: California, Opinion, Stanford, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles Unified School District, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, David Crane, Pepperdine, Vica, Guest Commentary, Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, Valley Industry and Commerce Association


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: 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...
Tags: News, Education, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, SEIU, City Council, Local News, Eric Garcetti, Bell, Board, State Assembly, Service Employees International Union, Goldberg


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


New California law holds charter schools to same transparency laws as other public schools

Charter schools are public schools and generally are subject to the same laws as other public schools, but a new California bill erases any doubt about whether charter schools must adhere to the state’s open meeting, conflict of interest and financial disclosure laws. Gov. Gavin Newsom signed the bill Tuesday, March 5. “It’s common sense,” Newsom said in a news release issued by his office. “Taxpayers, parents and ultimately kids deserve to know how schools are using their tax dollars.” Senate B...
Tags: California, Sport, Soccer, Long Beach, Lausd, Gavin Newsom, Assembly, state Senate, California Teachers Association, Rodriguez, New California, LA City Council, Newsom, O'Donnell, Leyva, Xavier Becerra


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...
Tags: News, Education, California, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, Board, Los Angeles County, Rodriguez, Huntington Park, LA school, California Charter Schools Association, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories Breeze


No deal would be the best deal on split roll in California

It’s open season these days on ballot initiatives, propositions placed on California’s ballots every two years after hundreds of thousands of voters sign petitions to put them there. The as-yet-unnamed and -unnumbered initiative known as the “split roll” is not exempt. Thanks to a 2014 law, legislators and others state officials who don’t like ordinary citizens to make this state’s biggest policy decisions now can maneuver to get already-qualified initiatives taken off the ballot. If they work o...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Yahoo, California, Opinion, Ebay, Sport, European Union, Soccer, Theresa May, United Kingdom, Lausd, Gavin Newsom, Legislature, Thomas Elias


Did Bolton blow North Korea talks?

President Trump’s second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un last week was criticized by both parties in Washington long before Air Force One even touched down in Hanoi. Washington’s political class seemed terrified that the nearly 70 year state of “war” with North Korea might actually end. In the end the only positive thing they could say about the meeting was that Trump apparently walked away with nothing to show for it. The location of the meeting – Hanoi, Vietnam – serves as a great ...
Tags: Asia, California, Opinion, Washington, North Korea, US, Sport, Soccer, New York Times, House Of Representatives, Lausd, Kim, Ron Paul, Vietnam, Bolton, Times


Maybe it’s time for California’s taxpayers to go on strike

Around California, public school teachers are on strike seeking more pay, better benefits and less competition from charter schools. They are also demanding that the rest of us pay higher taxes. Indeed, as part of the agreement that ended the strike in Los Angeles, teachers forced a concession out of the school district to officially support the partial repeal of Proposition 13 as it applies to business properties. That would have the effect of raising California property taxes as much as $11 bi...
Tags: California, Opinion, Sacramento, America, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sport, Soccer, DMV, Lausd, Oakland, California Teachers Association, National Education Association, Jon Coupal, Opinion columns, Golden State True


One party rule is one party to skip

The stories come at us from every direction, relentlessly, 24/7/365, our newsfeeds bombarding us with scandals and catastrophes both natural and man-made, with obvious outrages demanding our immediate attention, as well as a steady stream of lesser or localized transgressions we just don’t have the bandwidth to absorb. In the last year, the Los Angeles City Council passed laws prohibiting any business performing work on President Trump’s “big beautiful wall” from gaining a contract with the city...
Tags: Congress, California, Opinion, Los Angeles, City, Reagan, Sport, Soccer, Gop, Chrysler, Capitol Hill, Lausd, Republican Party, City Council, Republican, Council


Meet the candidates for the LAUSD board seat left vacant by Ref Rodriguez

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 downtown — like Silver Lake, Eagle Rock and Los...
Tags: Facebook, News, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, Eric Garcetti, Valencia, Silver Lake, Bell, Gavin Newsom, Salvador, Los Angeles County, Sánchez, Goldberg, YMCA


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...
Tags: Facebook, News, Education, California, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, New Orleans, Lausd, City Council, Local News, Berkeley, Eric Garcetti, Valencia, Usc, Silver Lake


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