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Your Daily Roundup of LAUSD news from across the web | 03.21.17
New teacher retention at a record high: LAUSD is keeping 98 percent of its teachers
LA Unified is retaining a record-high 98 percent of its new teachers, according to a report presented Tuesday. But as administrative positions are cut, some are concerned that the district’s support staff for those new teachers will be spread too thin. “You are doing an amazing job with what you have,” school board member Richard Vladovic...
By Mike Szymanski | March 21, 2017 4:39 pm
Final election results show voter turnout in LA races was 21 percent
The final votes in the March 7 primary election have been tallied and the results show about 21 percent of the city’s eligible voters cast ballots, LA County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk Dean Logan said Tuesday. Turnout countywide was 17 percent. Only one of the three seats up for election on the LA Unified school board was...
By Sarah Favot | March 21, 2017 2:18 pm
Petruzzi: As ESSA scales down federal oversight, educators and local leaders must rise to the challenge
By Marco Petruzzi In today’s world of frenzied news alerts from the D.C. bubble, speculation about the new administration and persisting education debates make it easy to forget that out here in the real world, education leaders and local communities are quietly moving forward adapting new federal guidelines designed to help ensure access to a quality...
By Guest Contributor | March 21, 2017 7:48 am
New bill would extend teacher tenure in California from 2 to 3 years
After suffering years of defeat through failed legislation, a high-profile lawsuit and a ballot proposition, advocates of teacher tenure reform in California will make another attempt with a bill introduced Monday that this time was crafted with wide input from teachers statewide. The proposed change, extending the probationary period from two to three years, would...
By Sarah Favot | March 20, 2017 6:31 pm
I’m not a Trump guy! Nick Melvoin wants to meet as many voters as possible to set the record straight before May’s general election
A black-and-white photograph of President John F. Kennedy hangs on the wall of Nick Melvoin’s small office, which is the nerve center of his campaign headquarters in Venice’s trendy tech neighborhood. Kennedy’s on the phone, one hand covering part of his pained face. Melvoin, 31, often looks up from his folding-table desk at the iconic photo...
By Sarah Favot | March 17, 2017 4:23 pm
Commentary: Why parent choice matters
By Hilda Torres There’s a growing debate here in Southern California as to whether public charter schools are making positive impacts in our communities. As a single mother of a student attending Celerity Dyad Charter School, I am pleased with my decision to choose the school that fits best for my family. I know LAUSD schools well and the...
By Guest Contributor | March 17, 2017 9:13 am