Runoff Q&A: Jackie Goldberg outlines her first-day priorities and her strategies as she prepares to face Heather Repenning in May’s LAUSD school board election
Heather Repenning enters the school board runoff vowing to address the need ‘to write a new chapter of change at LAUSD’
It’s official: Jackie Goldberg and Heather Repenning are headed to a runoff in LAUSD school board race
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Your Daily Roundup of LAUSD news from across the web | 03.24.19
‘Very much’ the same thing: LAUSD continues to struggle to stay afloat as it waits for new revenue, latest financial report shows
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 in coming years. But instead of providing...
By Taylor Swaak | March 20, 2019
If you had the money, would you pay off a college admissions officer? 1 in 4 parents say they would, a new poll finds
If you had the money, would you bribe a college official to get your child admitted? Fifteen percent of all American adults would answer yes, according to a new poll. And that number rises to 25 percent for adults who actually have children ages 18 and under. It’s a hypothetical question, but certainly a revealing...
By Kate Stringer | March 20, 2019
Commentary: Banning Teach For America would harm our students, our schools and our community
In 2013, when I was elected to the Lynwood Unified School District Board, we voted to renew a partnership that had recently lapsed with an organization that recruits idealistic leaders of all ages to become teachers: Teach For America. Five years later, I can say that this decision has greatly benefited the students of our...
By Alma-Delia Renteria | March 20, 2019
Antonucci: Unions ramp up strike preparations in Santa Rosa and Sacramento
Mike Antonucci’s Union Report appears weekly at LA School Report. After teacher strikes in Los Angeles and Oakland, union leaders see districtwide job actions as the perfect tool to check off all those boxes on their wish lists. The next venues appear to be Santa Rosa and Sacramento — for different reasons, although increased funding is behind...
By Mike Antonucci | March 19, 2019
When the cost of admission is paying off a college, Americans are outraged. But when it’s the price of a house near a good school, there’s silence
Meritocracy is a cornerstone of the American ideological edifice. Or at least it was, until the FBI took a sledgehammer to it as it revealed Operation Varsity Blues: a sting that outed a long-running pay-to-play scam at some of the country’s best-known colleges and universities. The details — the bulk of which amount to Mafia-style...
By Derrell Bradford | March 18, 2019
Heather Repenning declares she’s made the runoff against Jackie Goldberg in race for LAUSD school board seat
*UPDATE: The county announced Thursday, March 21, that six more ballots have been counted in the race this week, and all went to Jackie Goldberg. There is still a 31-vote difference between Heather Repenning, who is in second place and thus eligible for the runoff election, and the closest competitor, Graciela Ortíz. The county will...
By Taylor Swaak | March 15, 2019
How 8 large California districts are using data to decode social-emotional learning — and predict students’ academic success
When some teachers in the Long Beach Unified School District hear students say they’re bad at math, they rephrase. You’re not bad, you’re just not understanding it yet. It’s not too difficult, it’s just challenging right now. These educators are helping students develop a growth mindset, a belief that they can improve their skills through...
By Kate Stringer | March 13, 2019
Antonucci: Proposed Los Angeles parcel tax may give to teachers with one hand and take with the other
Mike Antonucci’s Union Report appears weekly at LA School Report. *Updated March 15 Things are definitely looking up for teacher unions, especially in California. Membership losses were less than feared after the U.S. Supreme Court’s Janus ruling. A wave of teacher strikes led to settlements with more funding. The 2018 elections went well, with a friendly governor...
By Mike Antonucci | March 12, 2019
School districts serving mostly nonwhite students get $23 billion less each year than those serving predominantly white populations — California is among most inequitable
It was nearly three decades ago when the New Jersey Supreme Court found the state’s school funding formula shortchanged its poorest students, and lawmakers directed more money to districts serving large shares of low-income children. Now, a new report suggests the state didn’t go far enough. Despite the landmark decision, the state has one of the nation’s largest...
By Mark Keierleber | March 11, 2019
LAUSD’s BD5 race will go to a runoff — Repenning holds 35-vote lead over Ortíz for second place
*Updated March 15 The top three finishers in L.A. Unified’s Board District 5 election retained their positions after Tuesday’s vote count, though the race for second place narrowed to only 35 votes. A runoff election on May 14 is now certain, as Jackie Goldberg is 596 votes shy of a majority and there are fewer than...
By Taylor Swaak | March 8, 2019