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LAUSD campuses with low enrollment get additional relief to save teachers

In the face of mounting pressure from parents and staff for Los Angeles Unified to suspend its annual practice of shuffling teachers around classrooms based on student enrollment, the superintendent announced on Thursday, Sept. 17, that the district will provide additional relief to schools this year because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Campuses slated to lose teachers due to low enrollment might still lose a position or two, but the district hopes to soften the blow by allowing schools ...
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Community meetings – online – in the San Fernando Valley, July 20-27

    AP Photo/Richard Vogel A view of the Bothwell Ranch property in Tarzana, CA., on Tuesday, April 21, 2020. (Photo by Dean Musgrove, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)   Community meetings bring people together for exchange of ideas and memorable shared experiences plus the potential for positive personal and community enrichment. Here is a sampling of upcoming online meetings.   Cinema Club at Sun Valley Branch Library: Discusses “Hunt for the Wilderpeople” (2016, New Zealand), 5 p.m. July 20...
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Parents of LAUSD special-education students feel adrift during distance learning

For just about every family with school-age children, the sudden campus closures in the spring rendered life complex, challenging, even frustrating, with parents juggling working from home and with kids learning there, too. Online tools aimed to make learning easier, but there were still many hurdles, perhaps none more difficult than those facing parents of special-needs children such as Mia Marano, mother of 3rd and 6th graders — both disgnosed with autism. Marano said her younger son was atten...
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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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As LA public schools plan for fall, calls grow for improved online learning

As the coronavirus pandemic shows little signs of slowing down, calls are growing for the Los Angeles Unified School District to improve upon a hastily launched system of online learning for the coming academic year. A report compiled by parent advocacy organization Speak Up found the district’s distance-learning program has been “inconsistent at best and discriminatory at worst.” The report added that live online instruction, mandatory grades and consistent scheduling are critical to online sch...
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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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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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This is what LAUSD is doing as the coronavirus spreads

Los Angeles Unified employees disinfected “high-touch” areas and restricted out-of-state travel by staff but otherwise continued to operate schools normally as public health officials on Monday announced Los Angeles County’s first new coronavirus case in which the patient had no history of exposure. The school district warned of possible future school closures. Plant Manager David Muro, uses disinfectant to clean high touch areas to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 at the Wilber Charter f...
Tags: Education, San Francisco, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, Stanford University, Northern California, Alexander, Los Angeles County, Lowell, Riordan, Tarzana, Santa Clara County, AIPAC, Jose


To combat anti-Semitism, we must embrace the ‘dignity of difference’

Two weeks ago, just hours after putting up a mezuzah in the entryway to my Los Angeles Unified Board of Education office, I learned of yet another swastika graffitied on the wall of a public school in our community. Tragically, this has become a near weekly occurrence, tracking with the recent rise of anti-Semitic hate crimes. As an educator and Jewish elected official, I’ve been working to ensure that those responsible are held accountable and that we keep our kids and school communities safe, ...
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LAUSD will reopen most schools Thursday following Getty fire

Almost all LAUSD schools closed after the Getty fire started earlier this week are set to reopen Thursday, Oct. 31. LAUSD school board member Nick Melvoin said Wednesday evening, every school except Kenter Canyon Elementary School and Palisades Charter High School would reopen. The district said schools will operate on a regular bell schedule and after-school programs will be in session, but outside activities may be limited depending on outdoor conditions. “Maintenance crews have inspected and ...
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A charter school moratorium won’t help California schools: Nick Melvoin

During the last few weeks, the Legislature has been debating whether a moratorium on public charter schools is the best way to help traditional school districts with their crippling financial problems. As one of the elected leaders of the Los Angeles Unified School District—California’s largest district and one certainly struggling to meet its financial obligations and the needs of families—I welcome the state’s help in tackling public education’s complex challenges. But I don’t see a surplus of...
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Woodland Hills homeowners to consider asking LA, LAUSD to avoid converting West Valley sites into homeless housing

A Woodland Hills homeowners group is expected to discuss Wednesday how to deal with the findings of a Los Angeles Unified School District study that is looking into using vacant lots across the city to house homeless students and their families. The Woodland Hills Homeowners Organization will discuss a motion approved this month by Woodland Hills-Warner Center Neighborhood Council that says it doesn’t it support the use of the former school sites in the West Valley for any purpose other than sch...
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LAUSD’s board has a new member. But no time to celebrate, as the campaign for a parcel tax marches on

By Taylor Swaak || LA School Report With Tuesday’s school board election delivering a decisive win for public education firebrand Jackie Goldberg, next month’s parcel tax vote is now center stage. L.A. Unified’s next election — less than three weeks away on June 4 — will ask residents within district boundaries to support Measure EE, a tax of 16 cents per square foot of developed property to raise about $500 million annually for the district. L.A. Unified is projecting insolvency in three years ...
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As LAUSD parcel tax looms, can parents and advocates trust giant school system to be a ‘good steward’?

By Esmeralda Fabián Romero || LA School Report Parents and community advocates are divided on L.A. Unified’s Measure EE, a parcel tax on the June ballot that would raise about $500 million a year over a 12-year period for schools. However, a common thread connects them: They agree schools need more funding, but there’s also “distrust” over whether the district would use the money to advance student learning. “We have concerns about oversight of those funds,” said Vanessa Aramayo, executive direc...
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LAUSD wants property owners to give schools $500M a year, but can district spend it wisely?

By Esmeralda Fabián Romero || LA School Report Parents and community advocates are divided on L.A. Unified’s Measure EE, a parcel tax on the June ballot that would raise about $500 million a year over a 12-year period for schools. However, a common thread connects them: They agree schools need more funding, but there’s also “distrust” over whether the district would use the money to advance student learning. “We have concerns about oversight of those funds,” said Vanessa Aramayo, executive direc...
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Less than half of LAUSD’s Class of 2019 are on track to graduate eligible for UC/Cal state schools

By Taylor Swaak || LA School Report Less than half of L.A. Unified’s Class of 2019 are eligible for the state’s public universities, the latest district projections show. As of March, 49 percent of the district’s 34,734 prospective graduates are on track to pass all of their “A-G” college preparation courses with Cs or better. This means that less than half of the class currently has the grades to qualify for the University of California and California State University school systems. These in-s...
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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...
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The L.A. teacher strike may be over, but observers warn there’s no ‘clear path forward’ for how LAUSD can afford its new contract

By Taylor Swaak | LA School Report The L.A. Unified school board has approved a contract with its teachers union that officials admit they can’t fully afford, calling the deal’s sustainability into question as the district receives repeated warnings from the county that it’s in severe financial straits. To shoulder about $840 million in added costs through 2021, district officials say they’re largely relying on more state funding and a 2020 California tax referendum — neither of which are guaran...
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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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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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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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The School Board's View Of The Los Angeles Teacher Strike

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Nick Melvoin, vice president of the Los Angeles Unified School District board of education, about the walkout of 31,000 teachers' union members.
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Strike or no strike, LAUSD has another problem: Crippling debt

By Taylor Swaak, LA School Report The looming teacher strike in Los Angeles, no matter how it’s sliced, comes down to money — but not the salary raises and cost of new hires that have kept the district and its teachers union apart during nearly two years of contract negotiations. The real money problem, experts say, lies with the district’s skyrocketing long-term debt. Experts warn that for the district to stay out of bankruptcy, it must slash its billions in long-term liabilities, much of it ti...
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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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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...
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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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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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At LAUSD, making a deal on teacher raises is easier said than done

Getting on the same page in the nation’s second-largest school district is not an easy thing. As a teachers’ strike looms, teachers, parents and the Los Angeles Unified School District agree that L.A.’s public school teachers should be paid more. But that’s about where it ends. Getting there is where the wall is — just ask a board member who represents the San Fernando Valley, union officials and local parents. On one hand, union leaders and backers argue, more money for teachers will ultimately...
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