New report for Garcetti paints a grim picture for LA girls, women

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti

A quarter of women living in Los Angeles do not hold a high school diploma, almost twice the number of women nationally, according to a new study focusing on issues affecting the women and girls of LA.

The report, called the Status of Women and Girls in Los Angeles, was produced by Mount Saint Mary’s University and commissioned by Mayor Eric Garcetti to “guide policymaking to address economic, social, and other inequalities facing women.”

The results, released yesterday, examined gender equity in the areas of demographics and leadership, with the general conclusion that women in LA are less educated than women nationally, and they are more likely to live in poverty than their male counterparts locally —  findings that reflect, in part, the experiences of female students in LA Unified.

“For too long, our women and girls have been left behind and counted out, and I want Los Angeles to lead in employing and empowering women,” Garcetti said in a statement.   “This first-of-its-kind report provides us with important information that will help us develop a plan of attack to address gender inequality and the issues affecting women in our city, which will improve our overall economy and quality of life.”

A few key findings include:

  • Women of color comprise 72 percent of LA’s female population, with Latinas representing 48 percent of all women in the City.
  • Twenty-five percent of all LA women, 25 years and older, do not have a high school degree, compared with 13 percent nationally.
  • Sixty-three percent of LA women have not attained a post-secondary degree, compared with 62 percent nationally.
  • Nearly 90 percent of K-12 age girls attend public schools, and girls graduate from high school at a higher rate than boys at the city, county and state levels.
  • Thirty percent of all LA women under the age of 18 live in poverty.
  • The LA poverty rate for single mothers raising children under the age of five is 49 percent – four times greater than the rate for married couples.
  • LA women’s median earnings are $25,557 versus $30,399 for men, meaning women earn $0.84 for every $1.00 a man earns.

The initial findings are only the first two parts of a five-part report. Studies on Education and Workforce Development, Public Safety, and L.A.’s Veterans will be released in the coming weeks.

Study shows more education won’t help the income inequality

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By Neil Irwin | The New York Times

Suppose you accept the persuasive data that inequality has been rising in the United States and most advanced nations in recent decades. But suppose you don’t want to fight inequality through politically polarizing steps like higher taxes on the wealthy or a more generous social welfare system.

There remains a plausible solution to rising inequality that avoids those polarizing ideas: strengthening education so that more Americans can benefit from the advances of the 21st-century economy. This is a solution that conservatives, centrists and liberals alike can comfortably get behind. After all, who doesn’t favor a stronger educational system? But a new papershows why the math just doesn’t add up, at least if the goal is addressing the gap between the very rich and everyone else.

Brad Hershbein, Melissa Kearney and Lawrence Summers offer a simple little simulation that shows the limits of education as an inequality-fighter. In short, more education would be great news for middle and lower-income Americans, increasing their pay and economic security. It just isn’t up to the task of meaningfully reducing inequality, which is being driven by the sharp upward movement of the very top of the income distribution.

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Morning Read: 4 Garfield students in national Academic Decathlon

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LAUSD honors safe drivers
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Lawmakers try and try again to expand dual enrollment
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How Common Core is killing the textbook
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Commentary: Time to cool it with bashing schools
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LA Unified files for NCLB waiver without teacher evaluation deal

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LA Unified met today’s deadline and filed an application for a No Child Left Behind waiver without one of the key requirements of the U.S. Department of Education — an agreement with the teachers union on a three-level teacher evaluation system.

If approved, the California Office to Reform Education (CORE) Waiver would clear the way for LA Unified to receive $171 million in federal funding.

While the absence of agreement with the union, UTLA, does not automatically disqualify the district or make it ineligible for federal dollars, Rick Miller, Executive Director of CORE, suggested today that the district’s incomplete proposal could jeopardize the district’s application.

“Non-compliance with this commitment, or any other commitment made in the School Quality Improvement plan, puts approval of the Waiver at risk,” he said in a statement.

In fact, Washington will not make final decisions on waivers for several more months, leaving open the possibility that LA Unified and UTLA could reach agreement within that time frame.

The union recognized as much today, issuing a statement late this afternoon saying, “UTLA is in continuing negotiations with the District and we see the CORE Waiver as one of many issues to be addressed in bargaining.”

Teacher evaluations have been part of the current contract negotiations between the district and the union, which are now in the hands of a federal mediator who is not scheduled to meet with the sides again until April 6 and April 15.

UTLA argues that a three-level evaluation system, one that would distinguish a “highly effective” teacher from those who merely meet standards or are below standard, paves the way for merit pay. The union is fighting to keep a two-level system in place.

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Westside group outraged over proposed immersion school

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Steve Zimmer

A group of Mar Vista community members and parents is mounting a protest againt LA Unified school board member Steve Zimmer over his support for a Mandarin immersion elementary school slated to be built in their Westside neighborhood.

The $30 million school, currently dubbed the Mandarin and English Dual-Language Immersion Elementary School project, was approved by the LA Unified school board in April 2014 with Zimmer’s support, and an environmental impact report (EIR) on the project entered the public comment phase on March 26.

The school would be located in Zimmer’s District 4 on a few acres of open green space that now exists at Mark Twain Middle School. It would would have 15 classrooms and move students currently from nearby Broadway Elementary School’s Mandarin and English Dual- Language Immersion Program to the new site. The district says that Broadway no longer has space to allow the program to grow.

But the community members and parents have taken to a new website, stopcommuterschool.com, to express their strong opposition to the project.

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LAUSD planning summer school for special ed, struggling students

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LAUSD special ed students (Credit: Galatzan Gazette)

With more than two months remain before the end school year, LA Unified officials are making summer school plans for special education students and students who have failed at least one mandatory class for graduation.

It is the second straight year the district is offering struggling students the opportunity to catch-up on subjects after years of budgetary cuts that practically obliterated summer school.

The credit recovery program is open to all 9 through 12th grade students who have received a D or F grade in an A through G course. From June 15 through July 17 students can attend up to two 2 1/2-hour block classes to learn in five weeks what they should have grasped over a semester.

Special education students will have access to the Extended School Year courses from June 22 to July 17, five days fewer than the credit recovery program.

Teachers were required to submit the names of eligible summer school students through MISIS by March 27, and they’re supposed use the system to determine the courses students need based on the Ds and Fs. It is unclear if the deadline was met by all schools.

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The high cost of the revolving door of teachers

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By Owen Phillips | National Public Radio

Every year, thousands of fresh-faced teachers are handed the keys to a new classroom, given a pat on the back and told, “Good luck!”

Over the next five years, though, nearly half of those teachers will transfer to a new school or leave the profession altogether — only to be replaced with similarly fresh-faced teachers.

We’ve been reporting this month on the pipeline into teaching — and hearing from teachers themselves about why they stay. Richard Ingersoll, who has studied the issue for years, says there’s a revolving door of teacher turnover that costs school districts upwards of $2.2 billion a year.

Richard Ingersoll is a University of Pennsylvania professor who studies teacher turnover and retention. He says the constant teacher churn costs school districts more than $2.2 billion annually.

Ingersoll studies teacher turnover and retention at the University of Pennsylvania.

One of the reasons teachers quit, he says, is that they feel they have no say in decisions that ultimately affect their teaching. In fact, this lack of classroom autonomy is now the biggest source of frustration for math teachers nationally.

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Morning Read: Common Core opposition not common in CA

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The superintendents of six California districts uniformly reported that opposition to Common Core has been relatively minor. Ed Source


Long Beach students prepare for higher-paying jobs with Linked Learning
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L.A. Unified teacher convicted of stabbing his wife to death
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Stagnant funding hurts after-school programs, survey finds
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Does the anti-Common Core movement have a race problem?
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AFT President Randi Weingarten Endorses Opt Out!
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Charter group makes initial spend for Rodriguez LAUSD board seat

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Ref Rodriguez

They’re off… and spending.

Over the last 10 days the California Charter School Association political action committee has resumed pumping in money to help Ref Rodriguez win the District 5 seat on the LA Unified school board in the May 19 runoff.

The group has spent $18,347 on two flier mailings and one phone banking session. It is the first spend in the three board runoff races so far and the start of what is sure to be a high-dollar showdown in District 5, given the hundreds of thousands of dollars the charter group spent to help Rodriguez win the March 3 primary and the hundreds of thousands the LA teachers union, UTLA, spent to help its most trusted ally on the board, Bennett Kayser.

Rodriguez, a charter school operator, is trying to deny Kayser a second term. The winner will represent the interests of a district that includes parts of Bell and Maywood in the south, Los Feliz, Eagle Rock and parts of El Sereno in the north. The winner will also serve an extended 5 1/2 year term since voters passed a city charter amendment to align school board and state elections.

The race for District 5 is considered a potential game changer for so-called education reform advocates who favor charter school expansion, merit pay for teachers and teacher evaluation systems partially based on student test scores. A victory by Rodriguez would shift the balance of the board to a pro-reform majority from what is now, a consistently pro-teachers union majority.

Kayser faced the same challenge four years when he finished second, only to rebound in the general election to win the seat by less than three percentage points.

In the other May runoffs, board president Richard Vladovic is facing teacher Lydia Gutierrez in District 7, and District 3 incumbent Tamar Galatzan is up against retired school administrator Scott Schmerelson.

‘Ed Talk with Dr. Bob Bravo’ explores innovative teaching at LAUSD

ESC South Area Superintendent Robert Bravo (L) conducts his weekly podcast

ESC South Area Superintendent Robert Bravo (L) conducts his weekly podcast

With 154 schools under his supervision, Robert Bravo can never be in as many places as he wants or talk to as many educators as he’d like.

But every Thursday, Bravo reaches hundreds of teachers and principals from around the district, and even some from as far away as Pakistan and Russia, with his weekly podcast, “Ed Talk with Dr. Bob Bravo.”

The podcast is part of Bravo’s weekly ESC South Weekly Planet newsletter and is unique to LA Unified. There is no other podcast or anything like it anywhere else in the district.

“I decided to start the podcast because I can’t have a personal conversation with everybody, but I wanted to have some conversations that maybe would say something about my aspirations for everybody,” Bravo told LA School Report.

A typical podcast features Bravo’s interviewing an LAUSD educator doing some unique or celebrated teaching or an outside expert brought to the district for staff development.

“I do feel like I’m an instructional focused practitioner,” Bravo said. “The term ‘educator’ is a really big umbrella. Within that umbrella some folks tend to be really into budgets, or some of us are into policy, or operations, you know, ‘Is the bus coming on time?” that kind of thing. And I think I tend to focus on instruction itself, the process of teaching and learning. And so I have learned things about my own schools through doing [the podcast].”

In the most recent offering of the podcast, Bravo sat down with Donn Cottom, an English and journalism teacher at South East High School in South Gate, and five of his students. Cottom is also the advisor to the school’s newspaper, the award-winning Jaguar Times, and all five of the students work on the paper.

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Commentary: Cool kids at Mendez High are in the Reading Club

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By Steve Lopez | The Los Angeles Times

They meet on Mondays at lunch.

They remove their earbuds, hide their smartphones and communicate without the aid of electronic devices.

They are the coolest kids at Mendez High School in Boyle Heights.

They are the Reading Club.

“This is truly the biggest club on campus,” said English teacher Rebecca Carriaga, who formed the group last year with librarian Kim Leng. The two of them have often dipped into their own pockets to feed the book-reading fever of students, and the club is now 20-strong and growing.

Why am I telling you this? Because this is book bonanza time in Los Angeles.

The annual citywide Big Read was launched last week, with guess-who right in the middle of it. That’s right, the Mendez Reading Club marched from school to Mariachi Plaza to meet and hang with Luis Urrea, author of this year’s Big Read selection, “Into the Beautiful North.” And three weeks from now, these same students will cruise the L.A. Times Festival of Books on the USC campus.

Click here to read the full commentary.

 

Morning Read: LAUSD cops, metal workers better paid than teachers

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Lawyers, metal workers and police employed by LAUSD were earned more on average than a typical teacher. Los Angeles Daily News


SD schools reconsider August opening
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New tests to tell juniors if they’re college-ready
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Sexual allegations against teachers in California jumped 70% in 2014
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Early assessment of Common Core standards shows small gains
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Broker accused of stealing $500K from accounts, including LAUSD 
An insurance broker faces charges of allegedly stealing more than $500,000 from accounts managed by his employer, including one for LAUSD. CBS Los Angeles

Even without evaluation agreement, LAUSD may not lose $171 million

evaluationDespite claims by Superintendent Ramon Cortines that LA Unified could lose $171 million in federal funding without an agreement with the teachers union on a teacher evaluation system, state officials say the money may not be at risk, at all.

For weeks, Cortines has urged UTLA to accept a proposal with a three-level overall teacher evaluation system — one of several conditions of the California Office to Reform Education (CORE) Waiver program, that provides federal funding and allows districts to sidestep No Child Left Behind requirements. A two-level system had been in place through the 2012-2013 school year.

The deadline to submit the new CORE Waiver application is just days away, March 31.

But Hilary McLean, communications director for CORE, says the absence of an agreement on a three-tier system is not a deal breaker. Even without an agreement, “we believe that LAUSD will be in a position to submit an application,” she told LA School Report.

“This is also a somewhat iterative process,” McLean added, explaining that even after the district plans are submitted, “CORE is constantly in communication with the Department of Education so even as we meet certain deadlines on the calendar, we continue sharing information for their review purposes.”

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Teary mother ‘thanks God’ for LAUSD diversion program

Theresa Ponce and her son, Jesse Ramos, speak before the Successful School Climate Committee

Theresa Ponce and her son, Jesse Ramos, speak before the Successful School Climate Committee

The LA Unified School Board’s Successful School Climate Committee got an update on the district’s diversion program, not only with statistics but also with a student who said it had changed his life and his mother, who said she “thanks God” for it.

The program, which has been in effect since the beginning of the school year, is aimed at reducing the number of citations and arrests for low-level offenses, instead referring students to counseling. Aimed at reducing suspensions and expulsions, the diversion program is part of an overall “restorative justice” approach meant to reduce the school-to-prison pipeline.

Bell High School student Jesse Ramos told the committee that a random K-9 search at his school led to the discovery of a marijuana pipe in his backpack. Before this school year, it would have meant an arrest or citation, throwing him into the juvenile justice system. Instead, he was referred to a FamilySource Center that is partnering with LA Unified to provide counseling and resources to students referred to them by the Los Angeles School Police as part of the diversion program.

“My experience, it was a positive experience,” Ramos said. “It was a reality check for me. I had realized that I had done a mistake, and I had to face the consequences of my actions. Working with the FamilySource Center has allowed me to talk about my experience on a weekly basis. We talk about family, drug consequences, school, friendships, staying out of trouble and working toward success, respect and ultimately earning a high school diploma.”

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Divisions remain after UTLA, LAUSD meeting with state mediator

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(Photo: UTLA Facebook page)

A mediator from the state’s labor board met for the first time yesterday with negotiators from LA Unified and the teachers union, UTLA, to move contract negotiations forward. But the result was a gulf between the sides that remains wide as ever.

How wide?

“At this time, the union’s economic demands remain $774 million dollars higher than the District’s offer,” LA Unified’s chief negotiator, Vivian Ekchian, said in a statement.

Also at issue is the fate of $171 million in federal revenue from a California Office to Reform Education (CORE) Waiver, which requires that the two sides agree on a teacher evaluation system by March 31 that includes a minimum of three rankings. Without an agreement with UTLA, the district may be disqualified from receiving the money.

“The funds will be used to pay teachers to provide summer school instruction, after-school tutoring programs and other intervention services to students for the next three years. The union has not yet agreed to this proposal, leaving at-risk these vital school-site services to students,” Ekchian said.

ULTA has not yet issued any pubic statement about yesterday’s meeting and did not respond to a request for comment.

Yesterday’s meeting was the first of three legally mandated sessions with the mediator from the Public Employee Relations Board. The next two are scheduled for April 6 and April 15. They could be extended, and only the mediator can determine that the two sides are unable to reach a resolution.

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Teachers union joins state charter group in endorsing Vladovic

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LA Unified school board President Richard Vladovic

The LA teachers union, UTLA, has decided to endorse LA Unified school board President Richard Vladovic in his reelection bid for the District 7 board seat.

While it’s his third run for the seat, it’s the first time the teachers are throwing support his way, making him that rare candidate who has won the endorsements of both UTLA and the California Charter Schools Association.

“I am honored to have the support of teachers in Los Angeles,” Vladovic said on his campaign website. “I will continue to fight to ensure that school employees and students feel empowered so together we can continue to provide a strong education for a better Los Angeles.”

UTLA did not respond to messages seeking comment, leaving open the question of whether the union will spend on Vladovic’s behalf.

The District 7 race is one of three on the May 19 runoff ballot involving the school board. Two other incumbents are defending their seats — Tamar Galatzan in District 3 and Bennett Kayser in District 5. Galatzan won her primary and will face Scott Schmerelson in the runoff, and Kayser advanced by finishing second to Ref Rodriguez.

Vladovic, who has served as president since 2013, moved into the runoff by narrowly defeating Lydia Gutierrez, 42.6 percent to 37.6. He won the endorsement of the charter group but not UTLA.

Given the margin of victory, the union’s support might come in handy in the runoff.

Gutierrez, a former teacher in the Long Beach Unified School District, is a Republican who won nearly 1 million votes statewide last year in challenging Tom Torlakson for State Superintendent for Education. With backing from the charter group in the primary, Vladovic beat her by only 657 votes among 13,086 cast.

Success in his first runs for board came with less uncertainty. In 2007, he won in the general election with 54.2 percent of the vote. Four years later he won reelection with an outright victory in the primary, with 63.1 percent of the vote.

UTLA and the charter group waged a million dollar spending war in this year’s primary, largely focused on District 5, with UTLA supporting Kayser and the charters helping Rodriguez.

The charters also spent to aide Galatzan. After sitting out the primary, UTLA is backing Schmerelson in the runoff.

Morning Read: LAUSD arts ed ‘for the affluent or the lucky’

New LAUSD arts ed data ‘confirmed my worst fears,’ board member says
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Schools wait for millions in reimbursement for Medi-Cal outreach
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California eases Jessica’s Law restrictions for some sex offenders
The sweeping measure prohibited all sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of schools and parks. Los Angeles Times


Senate panel moves school bond bill
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New York City: Should mayoral control continue?
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Prosecutors make their case in LAUSD teacher’s murder trial
Prosecutors argued that a LA Unified teacher acted willfully, deliberately and with premeditation when he allegedly stabbed his wife. Los Angeles Daily News

California drought spurs LA Unified water conservation efforts

Belmont_FieldAs California considers emergency legislation to solve the drought crisis, LA Unified is working with city and state agencies to reduce water consumption across campuses by ripping out water-sucking grass lawns in place of native plants, swapping outdated toilets for low-flush units and recycling gray water throughout neighboring school communities.

As the largest district in the state, LA Unified consumes annually about 2.5 billion gallons of water — equivalent to the capacity of the Hollywood Reservoir.

“I know that sounds like a lot but you have to remember we’re serving more than 660,000 students everyday,” Christos Chrysiliou, Director of the Architecture and Engineering Services for the district’s Facilities Division, told LA School Report.

“We’ve done a lot of work to bring it down, and we’re doing a lot more,” he said.

Many of the gains the district has made in conserving water over the years are a result of the 2003 school board resolution adopting more environmentally rigorous guidelines for new school construction projects, called Collaborative High Performance Schools or CHPS. All of these developments include a water conservation component.

“As we adopted that, it meant pretty much over 150 of our our new construction projects had to meet those standards, and they are very tough,” Chrysiliou said.

To date, about 80 of the new construction sites have been certified as CHPS campuses and another 40 are waiting to be approved.

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State lawmakers call for deeper regulation of charter schools

Assembly Member Roger Hernandez

Assembly Member Roger Hernandez

Four Democratic California lawmakers joined forces yesterday to promote new bills aimed at creating more stringent regulation of the state’s charter schools.

If passed, the package of bills would bring big changes to the charter schools, including a requirement that they be run as non-profits, that charters be considered government entities and that all of their workers be public employees. One of them would also make it easier for charter school teachers to unionize.

The bills are all backed by the California Federation of Teachers, the California Labor Federation and the California Teachers Association (CTA). Leaders of the unions joined state lawmakers in a press conference to build support for passage.

The two Senate and two House are all meant to increase the accountability and transparency of the charter system, the CTA said in a press release. There are more than 1,100 charter schools in the state, most of them run independently of their school districts. The independents receive public funds but operate differently than traditional public school. Overall, only an estimated 15 percent  of state charter school workers are unionized.

The California Charter Schools Association said the bills are unnecessary.

“All students should have the opportunity to attend a quality public school, and all schools, whether they are charter or traditional schools, should be held to the same high standards. Student success should not depend on what their zip code happens to be,” said CTA President Dean E. Vogel in a statement. “There is a role for charter schools in California’s education system, and that role should be performed to the same high standards of integrity, transparency and openness required of traditional public schools.”

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AALA elects new president; NoHo takes 2nd in CyperPatriot finals

school report buzzThe Associated Administrators of Los Angeles (AALA) elected a new president on March 19, with Juan A. Flecha winning 60.16 percent of the vote. Flecha beat Randall Delling, who received 39.84 percent, according to AALA’s newsletter.

Flecha will take office July 1 and will replace Judy Perez, who is retiring.

“He is currently assigned as Administrator of Operations in ESC North and has previously served as a secondary director/principal leader, high school principal and in other administrative assignments. Juan brings a wealth of experience to his position as AALA President and we are confident he will do a fine job being the voice for nearly 3,000 LAUSD certificated and classified administrators,” AALA’s newsletter said.

North Hollywood CyberPatriots

Team Azure from North Hollywood High fell just short of defending its national championship in the CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Defense Competition finals last week in Washington D.C., placing second.

The CyberPatriot competition is part of the CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Education Program, which was created by the Air Force Association to inspire high school students to pursue careers in c​yber-security. Another team from North Hollywood High and one from Franklin High School were also in D.C. competing among the 12 finalists from around the nation.

All of the teams are  part of the district’s after-school Beyond the Bell Program.

Inspirational teachers

The United Way of Greater Los Angeles last week held its second annual Inspirational Teacher Awards in a ceremony that was attended by LA Unified board members George McKenna and Monica Garcia.

Twenty-five teachers were honored, including Roxana Duenas from Roosevelt High School and Jason Torres-Rangel from UCLA Community School. The honorees were selected from over 150 nominations that were made by teachers, students and principals, according to the United Way. Click here to see photos from the event.

UCLA wins $2.5 million for innovation in teaching

And speaking of the UCLA Community School, UCLA was awarded $2.5 million this week from the state’s Department of Finance for its work to strengthen K-12 education through its UCLA Teaching Schools Initiative and the work of UCLA and its Graduate School of Education and Information Studies.

According to the Imperial Valley News:

The initiative launched six years ago with the opening of the UCLA Community School, a partnership between the UCLA and the Los Angeles Unified School District. UCLA faculty, staff and students work alongside teachers at the school to help ensure students are qualified to apply to a University of California campus. The school is the site of education research, and nurtures the development of new education strategies by UCLA professors and graduate students.

Click here to learn more about the UCLA Community School.