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Your Daily Roundup of LAUSD news from across the web | 05.23.19
Commentary: LAUSD is asking for a $500 million parcel tax. In return, let the schools decide how to spend their new funds
Many of the country’s largest school districts decentralize funding to schools (yes, schools) and let the schools — not the district — design budgets that work best for their particular mix of students. Not the Los Angeles Unified School District. LAUSD is the country’s second-largest district, yet its financials remain stubbornly centralized and widely criticized....
By Marguerite Roza and Anthony Drew | May 20, 2019
California voter referendum to ban same-sex marriage led to increase in anti-LGBTQ bullying, study finds
Heated political debates that center on marginalized communities can lead to negative consequences for students, according to a new study that found an uptick in anti-LGBTQ bullying at California schools during a statewide push to ban same-sex marriage. The study, published in the journal Pediatrics, suggests that high-profile debates involving marginalized groups can lead bullies to...
By Mark Keierleber | May 20, 2019
California school board members to state lawmakers: Don’t make it harder to attract and recruit diverse, talented teachers
An open letter to state Assembly members, from California school board members Lorena Chavez (East Side Union High School District), Mónica García (Los Angeles Unified School District), Jumoke Hinton Hodge (Oakland Unified School District), Tom Panas (West Contra Costa Unified School District) and Cipriano Vargas (Vista Unified School District): Education is the cornerstone of our...
June’s parcel tax to fund schools takes center stage after Jackie Goldberg’s LAUSD board win
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...
By Taylor Swaak | May 15, 2019
Antonucci: National Education Association may lose thousands of Las Vegas members if city’s bus drivers, food service workers & custodians shift to Teamsters
Mike Antonucci’s Union Report appears weekly at LA School Report. Most of the education support employees working for the Clark County School District in Las Vegas may soon find themselves switching state and national unions. A loss for the National Education Association will turn into a gain for the Teamsters. The Education Support Employees Association is affiliated...
By Mike Antonucci | May 15, 2019
Jackie Goldberg scores a decisive win in LAUSD’s Board District 5 race
*Updated May 15 Jackie Goldberg will rejoin L.A. Unified’s school board after a decisive win Tuesday in the Board District 5 runoff election. Goldberg, who represented the board district three decades ago, clinched 72 percent of the vote while former mayoral aide and L.A. Unified parent Heather Repenning took 28 percent, according to semi-official results announced by the...
By Taylor Swaak | May 14, 2019
Election Guide 2019: The who, what, when and where for Tuesday’s LAUSD Board District 5 runoff
Tuesday is the runoff election to fill the school board seat in L.A. Unified’s Board District 5. The person elected — either teachers union favorite Jackie Goldberg or former mayoral aide and parent Heather Repenning — will become part of the seven-member school board that decides on policies, budget and approval of charter schools in...
By Taylor Swaak | May 13, 2019
Commentary: An open letter to LAUSD’s school board candidates before Tuesday’s vote — and a plea to address Board District 5’s educational disparities
Dear Board District 5 candidates: Tomorrow is the runoff election in L.A. Unified’s Board District 5, a mostly Latino district. The next board member representing BD5 will not be Latino, and therefore, as educators and leaders of color, we believe it is critical that the ultimate winner in this election makes an explicit commitment to...
By Yolie Flores and Layla Avila | May 13, 2019
Pre-election rundown: Where Jackie Goldberg and Heather Repenning stand on hot-button issues in LAUSD’s school board race
Residents of L.A. Unified’s Board District 5 are headed to the polls Tuesday to select their next representative — one who will help shape a school board grappling with the district’s financial instability and a lack of consensus on how to improve student learning. On the ballot is Jackie Goldberg, who amassed just shy of...
By Taylor Swaak | May 10, 2019
Goldberg and Repenning find little to disagree about in their last forum in LAUSD Board District 5’s southeast section before Tuesday’s vote
In their last candidate forum in the southeast section of L.A. Unified’s Board District 5, the two candidates vying for the open school board seat in next Tuesday’s election mostly stuck to familiar themes and gave few glimpses of how they differ. Jackie Goldberg and Heather Repenning met Wednesday evening at Turner Hall Community Center in...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | May 9, 2019