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LAUSD board approves $13.8 billion budget, but bid to further cut school police falls short

Flush with a record amount of state and federal funding to support COVID-19 relief efforts, the Los Angeles Unified school board on Tuesday, June 22, passed a $13.8 billion operating budget for the new fiscal year that begins July 1 — a 62% increase over the current year’s budget. Related links LAUSD board approves labor deal with teachers for Fall campus instruction LAUSD board approves labor deal with teachers for Fall campus instruction Hollywood celebrities to advise LAUSD film and tel...
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LAUSD giving free $50 savings accounts to 13,000 first-graders

LOS ANGELES — More than 13,000 Los Angeles Unified School District first-graders will receive free $50 savings accounts this spring under a program introduced Friday by city, county and district officials, with the effort expanding to more than 35,000 LAUSD students in the fall. “Last year showed why we need ‘Families First’ policies,” Los Angeles City Council President Nury Martinez said. “Families struggled to stay afloat this pandemic and we know that 40% of families do not have $400 in savin...
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LAUSD reopens playgrounds at elementary, early education campuses

Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Austin Beutner joins a kindergarten class at Kenter Canyon School in Brentwood to celebrate the reopening of playgrounds at early education centers and elementary schools across the district on Monday, May 3, 2021. Parents were upset to learn that the play structures were off limits when students first returned to school last month. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) Custodian Fidel Alfaro sprays down Kenter Canyon Sch...
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LAUSD reopens playgrounds at elementary, early ed campuses

Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Austin Beutner joins a kindergarten class at Kenter Canyon School in Brentwood to celebrate the reopening of playgrounds at early education centers and elementary schools across the district on Monday, May 3, 2021. Parents were upset to learn that the play structures were off limits when students first returned to school last month. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) Custodian Fidel Alfaro sprays down Kenter Canyon Sch...
Tags: School, News, Education, California, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Brentwood, Sawyer, Knott, LA County, Los Angeles Unified School District, Berry Farm, Austin Beutner, Beutner, Nick Melvoin


Board’s vote puts LAUSD on path to providing universal preschool by 2024

LAUSD School Board President Kelly Gonez launches a push for universal preschool in Los Angeles on Wednesday, April 14, 2021 with UTLA Vice President Julie Van Winkle and School Board Member Jackie Goldberg at LAUSD’s Arminta Early Education Center in North Hollywood on Wednesday, April 14, 2021. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) Children return to a second day of preschool at LAUSD’s Arminta Early Education Center in North Hollywood where LAUSD School Board President ...
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LAUSD anticipates $5.2B in COVID relief aid

The nation’s second-largest school district is anticipating a one-time windfall of up to about $5.2 billion in COVID-19 relief aid from the state and federal government to help students recover from learning losses and to deal with the trauma they’ve experienced over the course of the pandemic. Given the unique opportunity, leaders in the Los Angeles Unified School District ought to dream big and reimagine an education system that works for all students, some board members say. At the same time,...
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LAUSD may revisit social distancing policy, instructional schedules in future

The Los Angeles Unified School District may change its policy on how spread apart students must remain in the classroom for the summer and fall — when on-campus activities are also likely to increase — Superintendent Austin Beutner said Tuesday, March 23, offering hope to parents who want the district to provide in-person instruction five days a week to students in all grade levels. The district is currently locked into maintaining 6 feet of distancing between desks because of an agreement it ne...
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LAUSD parents want special ed teachers – especially those eligible for vaccines – back on campus

In the ongoing debate over how soon educators should return to in-person work, some Los Angeles Unified parents are fuming over the revelation that certain employees who work with special education students have been eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations since January but have yet to provide in-person services to some of the district’s most vulnerable students. Generally speaking, those who work in schools won’t have access to the vaccines until next week under L.A. County’s priority system, but so...
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LAUSD officials say full school reopenings beyond their control; Buscaino ponders legal action

Even as Los Angeles Unified School District officials stress that certain factors impacting how soon they can reopen schools — such as the level of COVID-19 cases in the county — are beyond their control, one city councilman who wants to look at legal options to compel LAUSD to return students to classrooms insists there are actions the district could take to provide in-person instruction at least to its most vulnerable pupils now. And at least one school board member agrees. A day after L.A. Ci...
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Coronavirus: LAUSD officials say lack of clear reopening guidance from state hampering negotiations

With the deadline for applying for the state’s Safe Schools for All reopening grant a week away, Los Angeles Unified School District leaders are pressing state and county health officials for a clearer definition as to what constitutes a safe learning environment, saying the lack of consistent guidance is why the district and local teachers union have yet to reach an agreement on returning students to campus. One major hang-up has been over the proposal by Gov. Gavin Newsom’s administration that...
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LAUSD board members not sorry to see DeVos gone as education secretary

It didn’t take long for district leaders and educators in Los Angeles Unified to respond to the news that U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos had resigned. “One of the worst Secretaries of Education in history,” school board President Kelly Gonez tweeted. “Finally @BetsyDeVosED does something helpful for our public schools” by resigning, tweeted Nick Melvoin, another board member. “Too little, way too late,” the local teachers union said in a Facebook post. Such were the responses late Thurs...
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LAUSD elects Kelly Gonez, youngest woman president in its history

Kelly Gonez became the youngest-ever female president of the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education on Tuesday, Dec. 15. Gonez, 32, is also the first of the millennial generation and one of only four women of color and one of three Latinas to lead the board that sets policy for the nation’s second-largest school district, which serves a student population that is currently 80% Latino or Black, according to LAUSD officials. “I want to thank my colleagues for this honor, and I look...
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LAUSD board names district’s permanent police chief

The Los Angeles Unified school board voted unanimously Tuesday, Dec. 8, to name Leslie Ramirez as the district’s permanent police chief, a position she has held on an interim basis since July after her predecessor resigned in protest of a board decision to slash the police department’s budget by $25 million. Ramirez’s contract will run through June 30, 2022. A product of Los Angeles Unified, Ramirez graduated from Alexander Hamilton High School. She began her career as a campus officer in 1991 a...
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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, ...
Tags: Facebook, California, Opinion, Sport, Soccer, Judaism, Jewish, Trump, Jonathan Sacks, Alan Dershowitz, Westside, LA Unified, Nick Melvoin, Guest Commentary, Los Angeles Unified Board of Education


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...
Tags: News, Sports, Sport, Soccer, Homeless, Lausd, Daily News, Woodland Hills, San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles Unified School District, West Valley, American Legion Hall, Scott Schmerelson, Austin Beutner, West Hills, Nick Melvoin


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 ...
Tags: News, Education, La, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, Eric Garcetti, Garcia, Kevin Moore, Goldberg, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, United Teachers Los Angeles, Austin Beutner, LA school, KPCC


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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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...
Tags: News, Education, Abc, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Venice, Lausd, SEIU, City Council, Local News, Chamber of Commerce, Eric Garcetti, Baz, Valley


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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