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A big LAUSD special election is on Tuesday. But Latino turnout will likely be small

By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | LA School Report Next week’s special election for the vacant school board seat is expected to draw “minuscule” voter turnout, and experts predict Latino participation will be even lower, particularly in the board district’s poorer southeast section, where Latinos make up almost the entire enrollment and where the most struggling schools are located. But despite the urgency of improving educational outcomes for students living in the southeast communities, most likely...
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LAUSD Board President Monica Garcia announces City Council bid

LAUSD Board President Monica Garcia has announced her intention to run for the Los Angeles City Council. (File photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education President Monica Garcia announced Monday that she plans to seek the City Council seat to be vacated by Jose Huizar in 2020. Garcia has served on the school board since 2006 and joins former state Sen. Kevin de Leon as the second high-profile politician to enter the r...
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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...
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‘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 ...
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The newest display in the Museum of Government Deceit

If California ever built a Museum of Government Deceit, it could never be big enough to house the entire collection. The exhibits would have to rotate in and out from a warehouse somewhere, probably in Texas, where there’s enough room for it. But certainly one of the prized items on display would be this perfect specimen from Los Angeles Unified School District board President Mónica García, uttered one day after the LAUSD board voted 5-1 to approve a resolution asking state officials to order a...
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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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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...
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In deal between LAUSD and teachers, some parties gained ground while others gave it up

After sighing a breath of relief Tuesday morning on the picket line outside Taft High School, teachers returned to campus in the afternoon to vote on a tentative agreement reached between UTLA and LA Unified School District like UTLA’s other 30,000 members. The ew contract secures a 6 percent wage increase — 3 percent retroactive to the 2017-18 school year and another 3 percent retroactive to July 1, 2018 — and commits to a gradual decrease in class sizes over the coming three years, hiring of m...
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LAUSD teachers struck a deal, with some gaining and others giving up some ground

After sighing a breath of relief Tuesday morning on the picket line outside Taft High School, teachers returned to campus in the afternoon to vote on a tentative agreement reached between UTLA and LA Unified School District like UTLA’s other 30,000 members. The ew contract secures a 6 percent wage increase — 3 percent retroactive to the 2017-18 school year and another 3 percent retroactive to July 1, 2018 — and commits to a gradual decrease in class sizes over the coming three years, hiring of m...
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LAUSD teachers strike, Day 9: Negotiators work through the night, and joint news conference is sign of hope

A joint news conference set for Tuesday morning sparked hope that the Los Angeles Unified School District teachers strike could be coming to an end. LA Mayor Eric Garcetti, LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner and United Teachers Los Angeles President Alex Caputo-Pearl were slated to appear together at 9:30 a.m. at City Hall. The fact that both sides are appearing together could be a sign that an agreement ending the walkout — which is entering its ninth day — is at hand. Negotiations on the L...
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LAUSD teachers strike, Day 8: Could it be wrapped up by Tuesday?

The lights are on at LA City Hall late Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, as LAUSD and UTLA negotiators work through the night in an effort to end the teacher strike. (Photo by Bradley Bermont/Special to the Los Angeles Daily News) LOS ANGELES — Representatives of the Los Angeles teachers union and Los Angeles Unified School District officials negotiated overnight at City Hall into Monday on the eighth day of a teachers strike, with classes set to resume Tuesday, though maybe still without teachers. Sun...
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New LAUSD board member — whoever it is — will need to bridge union, district divide

With all eyes focused on a strike by Los Angeles Unified’s 30,000 teachers, it was possible to forget the school board is still one member short. Who that member is matters — a lot. A special election on March 5 will determine who will fill the empty District 5 seat and enter a fraught atmosphere stemming from the stand-off between the teachers’ union and the district and the continuing debate over charter schools. The District 5 seat was left open when Board Member Ref Rodriguez stepped down la...
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LAUSD teachers strike, Day 6: ‘Productive’ talks to end massive walkout continue into weekend

LOS ANGELES – Negotiations between the bargaining teams from the union representing striking Los Angeles teachers and officials with the Los Angeles Unified School District are expected to resume this morning, one day after Mayor Eric Garcetti said on Twitter that the first two days of renewed talks had been “productive.” The second day of discussions since the strike began concluded at 9:08 p.m. Friday, tweeted Garcetti, whose office is facilitating the negotiations. Today’s round of negotiatio...
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LAUSD School Board member Schmerelson goes his own way on Beutner’s handling of strike: ‘I couldn’t keep quiet anymore’

A Los Angeles Unified School District board member representing the West San Fernando Valley criticized Superintendent Austin Beutner’s handling of this week’s massive strike, arguing there is more money to fulfill some of the teachers’ contract demands in what has become the first walkout in the giant school system in 30 years. Board member Scott Schmerelson issued a statement this week pledging his support to teachers on the picket lines. It highlighted the rift on the school board among those...
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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...
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LAUSD teachers strike update: UTLA pushes potential strike to Monday

United Teachers Los Angeles said Wednesday that it will change its date for a potential strike to Monday, Jan. 14 after a stall in court between union and district attorneys. It was originally slated for Thursday, Jan. 10. In a statement, UTLA said “While we believe we would eventually win in court against all of Austin Beutner’s anti-union, high-priced attempts to stop our legal right to strike, in order for clarity and to allow members, parents and our communities to plan, UTLA is moving the s...
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LAUSD teacher strike update: To UTLA outcry, school board rolls back background checks for parent volunteers in a strike

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Unified School Board approved a policy Tuesday that eliminates some background check requirements for parent and family volunteers at schools and created a new category of volunteers the district says it will call upon during a strike or “other emergency situations,” to outcry of some teachers, union leaders and parent supporters. The policy is the latest wrinkle in a months-long attempt by the school board to ease restrictions on parent and community volunteers aim...
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A lesson in how to keep activists from winning: Don't let acceding to their demands be the path of least resistance.

There are 2 murals at the Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools in Koreatown, which is part of the Los Angeles Unified School District:There's this one, by Beau Stanton, which is attacked because the rays emanating from the head remind some people of the Japanese imperial battle flag, and which the L.A. school district plans to paint over.And this one, by Shepard Fairey (who's famous for those Obama "Hope" posters) which depicts Robert F. Kennedy.Now, Shepard Fairey is using "the only leverage I h...
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L.A. teachers union can avert a strike and cut class sizes. Here’s how.

The United Teachers of Los Angeles, the union that represents teachers in the Los Angeles Unified School District, is preparing to strike because it wants smaller class sizes. Smaller class sizes is a worthwhile cause. Students certainly would benefit. But a strike would inflict terrible consequences on the district’s 600,000 students and their families. There is a solution and the union has the power to implement it. In August, both the California Department of Education and the Los Angeles Cou...
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Could LAUSD house homeless students and families?

By Taylor Swaak, LA School Report LA Unified’s school board voted Tuesday to study using district property to house homeless students and their families, despite split public opinion. In a 4-1 vote with one abstention, school board members approved a resolution giving Superintendent Austin Beutner six months to research the feasibility of using district sites to: Allow overnight parking for homeless students and families, in collaboration with the Safe Parking L.A. program,Provide overnight shel...
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EPA fines 2 trucking companies for air pollution, requires them to pay for indoor air filtration at Southern California schools

Two interstate trucking companies failed to install filters in hundreds of diesel trucks that spewed tons of lung-damaging pollution into the air near schools, hospitals and daycare centers in Southern California, resulting in penalties of $225,000 assessed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, air pollution agencies announced Thursday. In addition, the trucking companies will spend $575,000 to install indoor air filtration systems in classrooms and multi-purpose rooms at schools and dayc...
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Election 2018: Can young people’s votes matter in the Nov. 6 midterm — and beyond? This LA native thinks so

By Esmeralda Fabián Romero,  LA School Report Luis Sánchez has spent 25 years mobilizing young people in Los Angeles and across California to fight for educational justice, from gaining equal access to a more rigorous curriculum to reducing suspension rates. But he has learned that to release their real power, they need to vote. “If their generation doesn’t vote, if we lose them as voters for the next 15 years, we’re going to go in the wrong direction as a state and as a nation,” he said. “We wa...
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Students and parents in LA, Orange County take to streets for Walk to School Day

LAUSD board President Monica Garcia and Superintendent Austin Beutner are slated to participate in Walk to School Day on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018. (File photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG) Thousands of Southern California students, along with parents, teachers and staffers, will take to the streets Wednesday to mark Walk to School Day, which not only promotes the health benefits of walking or biking to campus but encourages the development of safe routes for kids to travel to ...
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LA parents demand ‘equitable education’ as prospect of first LAUSD teachers strike in decades looms

As the prospect of an LA teachers’ strike loomed, parents showed up at Los Angeles Unified School District headquarters on Wednesday demanding “equitable education.” Nonprofit group ParentRevolution bused in the group of about 25 parents from East and South Los Angeles Wednesday to deliver 1,300 parent signatures to  headquarters demanding “equitable education” as the possibility of the first strike by the district’s teachers in more than two decades grows. LAUSD Board member Monica Garcia s...
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Here’s how to reach your LAUSD school board member — without sleeping overnight on the sidewalk

By Esmeralda Fabián Romero, LA School Report Los Angeles Unified’s seven school board members — or six for now — make vital decisions impacting more than 570,000 students. Parents, community members, and the general public want their concerns to be heard, but what’s the best way to connect with the board members? Besides email and phone, there are board meetings most Tuesdays with designated times for people to address the board members. But the process has long been fraught with frustration, as...
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LAUSD is ‘living off reserves’ and running out of time to get its finances in order, says county, state

By Laura Greanias | LA School Report LA Unified board members were jolted last month when a top county official showed up unannounced to say, you’re spending more money than you make and the savings you’ve been living off of are about to run out. It got worse this Tuesday, when she came back and brought a top state official with the same message. “Yes, my presence is indicative that this is serious,” said Nick Schweizer, deputy superintendent of public instruction for the California Department o...
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LAUSD Board considers special election to fill Ref Rodriguez’s seat

Ref Rodriguez resigned from the LAUSD Board in late July 2018 after pleading guilty to conspiracy and other charges for laundering campaign donations from family and friends. (File photo) LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education is set to vote Tuesday on a resolution calling for a March 5, 2019, special election to fill the board seat left vacant by the resignation of Ref Rodriguez. Rodriguez stepped down in late July after pleading guilty to conspiracy and othe...
Tags: Politics, News, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, Los Angeles City Council, Goldberg, Rodriguez, Scott Schmerelson, Nick Melvoin, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories Breeze, Monica Garcia, Van Nuys High


LAUSD chief Austin Beutner ushers in a new school year with a message: ‘Do what works for your schools’

By Fabian Romero LA Unified kicked off a new school year last week, with a new superintendent looking to lead in a new way. Here are some reasons why Superintendent Austin Beutner says change is needed in the district: Of every 100 students who enter LA Unified high schools, 12 will drop out. Of every 100 students, 77 will graduate from high school. Of every 100 high school graduates, only 12 will graduate from college. Less than 60 percent of LA Unified’s graduates are eligible for a public fo...
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LA students head back to school – and so does LAUSD chief Austin Beutner

During the first day of school, LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner visits Vanalden Avenue Elementary School with the help of fourth graders Jared Delao, 9, and Kingsley James-Huff, 10, on Tuesday, August 14, 2018. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star News/SCNG) During the first day of school, LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner visits Bradley Upshaw’s third grade class at Vanalden Avenue Elementary School in Reseda on Tuesday, August 14, 2018. Upshaw was chosen this year for the Natio...
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The clock is ticking: LAUSD board members have 60 days to decide how to fill Ref Rodriguez’s seat

By Mario Koran, LA School Report The ouster of Los Angeles Unified School District board member Ref Rodriguez — who resigned Monday after pleading guilty to money-laundering charges — means the remaining board members must now decide when and how to replace him. They have 60 days to decide a path forward, and the clock is ticking. Right now, board members have three options, said LA Unified’s general counsel David Holmquist: They can appoint someone to serve out the remainder of Rodriguez’s term...
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