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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...
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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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LAUSD board member pleads guilty in money-laundering scheme, resigns

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Unified School District board member Ref Rodriguez pleaded guilty Monday to a felony conspiracy charge and four misdemeanors for reimbursing donors to his 2015 election campaign, and he resigned from the board. “I am sorry for the mistakes I have made,” Rodriguez said in a statement. Under a plea agreement with prosecutors, he was placed on three years’ probation and ordered to serve 60 days community service. Rodriguez, 47, is also expected to reach a settlement Monday...
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LAUSD parcel tax narrowly fails to make the November ballot

Editor’s note: Breaking views are thoughts from individual members of the editorial board on today’s headlines. The Los Angeles Unified school board split 3-3 on Tuesday over whether to place a parcel tax on the November 2018 ballot. Put forward was a proposed $610 parcel tax “to raise approximately $500 million annually for educational purposes,” as the board agenda put it. Under the proposal, the money would be used to cover projected deficits and, among other things, be used for “retaining an...
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Can all of LA’s public school students be college-ready by 2023? LA Unified leaders seek to ‘Close the Gap’

By Esmeralda Fabián Romero, LA School Report LA Unified made a big commitment Tuesday: by 2023 all students will be college-ready, and — to make sure parents can hold the district accountable — it will now report two different graduation rates. Through unanimous approval of the “Realizing the Promise for All: Close the Gap by 2023” resolution, the board members “publicly commit” to students — including English learners, special education students, foster youth, and those living in poverty — to p...
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Is LA Unified too slow to help its neediest students?

By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | LA School Report Two reports released Tuesday, June 7, urged the Los Unified School District to start making tough choices to boost student achievement and to move faster in delivering more funds to the schools serving the neediest students. The first study found that LA Unified has been slow to get increased state funding to the schools serving students with the highest needs, particularly in elementary and middle schools. The fourth annual “Report Card Progress in ...
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Many LA Students vote early, thanks to Registrar’s Early Voting Center

Think the youth vote doesn’t matter? You wouldn’t know it from the turnout at the Los Angeles County-Registrar’s Office on Monday, where hundreds of students gathered to cast their ballots early, ahead of Tuesday’s primary election. The students — many from the Los Angeles Unified School District — came by bus, with many casting a ballot for the first time at the Registrar’s Early Voting Center at the Norwalk headquarters. There was food, music and educational workshops. The event was an action ...
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Angels and devils battle it out at Bolivian festival

The festival is a fusion between indigenous traditions and Catholicism, as Monica García reports.
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With an LAUSD strike looming, workers strike a deal

Bus, cafeteria and custodial services and classroom teaching will not be disrupted next Tuesday at L.A. Unified schools after a tentative deal was reached Tuesday night to avert a 24-hour strike. Service Employees International Union Local 99, the union that represents school bus drivers, cafeteria workers, custodians, special education assistants and teaching assistants, had planned to strike after contract negotiations reached an impasse on Friday. But the two sides went back to the bargaining...
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LA’s choice: In charter wars, board members say they will seek bridge builder as next schools chief

By George White, EdSource As the Los Angeles Unified school board gears up to select a successor to Superintendent Michelle King, one of the major issues it will have to consider are the candidates’ views and positions on charter schools. Charter schools have been a major source of tension and conflict in the district, brought on in part by the presence of 224 independently run charter schools in the district, more than any other district in the nation. Another 54 are charter schools run by the ...
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Schools become a ‘safe haven’ for Salvadoran students in wake of crackdown

By CAROLYN JONES, EdSource California schools are bracing for the impact of the Trump administration’s decision to oust thousands of Salvadoran immigrants, many of whom have been in the U.S. since the early 2000s and whose children are U.S. citizens. “It’s a calamity for families who’ve built their lives here, own homes, own their own businesses, pay taxes, are part of the community,” said Juan Rivera of Carecen SF, a nonprofit that assists Central American immigrants in the San Francisco Bay Ar...
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LAUSD officials can soon say there’s an app for that

LOS ANGELES >> The Los Angeles Unified Board of Education voted unanimously Tuesday to develop a smartphone app for push notifications to alert parents and school staff of any relevant updates, such as emergency notifications, school closures and calendar updates. LAUSD board Vice President Nick Melvoin said the new app would be used in place of antiquated robo-calls and paper surveys. Melvoin has hosted several roundtable discussions with parents and community members to gauge who would most be...
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3 LAUSD board members ask Ref Rodriguez to take leave of absence

LOS ANGELES >> Three members of the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education Tuesday called on their colleague Ref Rodriguez to take a leave of absence from the panel while he faces felony charges for allegedly lying on a financial disclosure form and laundering money into his own campaign. Board president Monica Garcia, vice president Nick Melvoin and board member Kelly Gonez issued a joint statement urging Rodriguez to temporarily step aside. The trio are allies of Rodriguez, for...
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Mayor Garcetti, Councilman Ryu walk to LAUSD schools to promote neighborhood safety

LOS ANGELES — Mayor Eric Garcetti recognized International Walk to School Day by strolling today with students and their families to a local campus, where he was joined by the president of the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education. Fourth District Councilman David Ryu participated in the event by walking to Kester Avenue Elementary School in Sherman Oaks. Garcetti’s office said his walking route to Magnolia Elementary School in Pico-Union includes new street safety features that...
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