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Your Daily Roundup of LAUSD news from across the web | 02.23.17
Federal inquiry into LAUSD’s iPad program ends with no charges
A federal grand jury inquiry into LA Unified’s purchase of iPads has ended, officials said Tuesday. No charges were filed. “We have received notification from the U.S. Attorney’s Office that the investigation has been closed,” LA Unified’s General Counsel David Holmquist said in a statement. It has been more than two years since the school...
By Sarah Favot | February 21, 2017 3:05 pm
LAUSD notifies 1,600 administrators of potential layoffs: Too little, too late or just a mirage?
Nearly 1,600 LA Unified administrators will be notified in mid-March that their contracts may end in June. But is this attempt at bringing administrative staff more in line with the declining number of students too late to help a looming budget deficit, as some school board members fear? Or will there even be a staff reduction?...
By Mike Szymanski | February 21, 2017 2:03 pm
Commentary: How teachers buffered students from Celerity’s questionable practices
By Q. Tien Le In January, federal agents raided the offices of Celerity Educational Group, a charter school network, as part of an ongoing investigation into allegations of fraud and mismanagement. Prior to the raid, the Los Angeles Unified School District school board, citing governance and oversight issues, denied charter renewals for two of Celerity’s schools...
By Guest Contributor | February 21, 2017 11:58 am
Fighting teacher burnout: Great Public Schools Now grants aim to retain effective educators
When Hrag Hamalian opened Valor Academy Middle School in 2009, teacher retention was his foremost concern, so he decided to find out what educators desired in the workplace. Now executive director of Bright Star Schools, which includes six other charter schools, Hamalian surveyed his highly effective teachers in search of the answer. He found that...
By Sarah Favot | February 17, 2017 5:35 pm
Barnum: The Growth vs. Proficiency Debate and Why Al Franken Raised a Boring but Critical Issue
‘A Huge Win’: Washington State Charter School Supporters Celebrate Major Courtroom Victory
Clean Sweep: How Washers in Schools Boost Attendance and Improve Day-to-Day Life for the Neediest Students
Meet an LAUSD school board candidate — District 4’s Gregory Martayan: ‘We are going to cut the red tape’
LA School Report covers the 2017 LAUSD school board race: See all 13 candidate profiles Name: Gregory Martayan Board district: 4 Age: 33 Job: owns a public relations and local affirms firm Lives in: Encino Married: wife Sylva Children: three under age 2 LAUSD education?: No LAUSD. St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal school in...
By Sarah Favot | February 17, 2017 11:07 am
Students’ hot topics for District 4 candidates: school police, charters, college readiness and the undocumented
High school students continued their candidate forum series Wednesday night, this time moderating a panel discussion at LA City College with the four candidates for the LA Unified District 4 school board seat. It was the second of three forums run by high school students through the United Way of Greater Los Angeles. A panel...
By Sarah Favot | February 16, 2017 6:06 pm