Dual language programs are so popular that LAUSD plans to double the number of schools offering them by next year
Demand for LA Unified’s dual language programs is so high that the district plans to expand from 16 schools offering the programs to as many as 35 schools next year. Meanwhile, the nation’s second-largest school district — where students speak 94 languages — is closing in on meeting its goals for improving test scores for...
By Mike Szymanski | October 19, 2017 4:20 pm
These 3 California school networks are models for new Gates Foundation investments in education
Of the $1.7 billion that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has pledged to public education over the next five years, the majority will go toward supporting innovations within schools that have joined together in collaborative networks. Philanthropist Bill Gates made the announcement in Cleveland Thursday afternoon during his keynote speech at the Council of...
By Kate Stringer | October 19, 2017 4:19 pm
LAUSD board members unite with Democratic leaders to support passage of the DREAM Act
“DACA is dead. The Dream Act is a permanent solution for us, and that’s what we’re fighting for now,” said Paulina, an LA Unified graduate from Fremont High School and a DACA recipient who met on Wednesday with House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, LA Unified board members, and business and community leaders in Los Angeles...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | October 18, 2017 5:19 pm
Morning Read: Pre-K students who need dual language the most are least likely to be enrolled — and 6 more must-reads
Good morning! 7 must-reads for you, to start the day: Children whose parents speak a language other than English less likely to enroll in preschool Young children with at least one parent who speaks a language other than English at home are less likely to be enrolled in quality early childhood programs, although it is...
By LA School Report | October 19, 2017 6:30 am
Documents: Here are Ref Rodriguez’s checks and the conflict-of-interest complaint against him
Partnerships to Uplift Communities, the charter school network co-founded by school board member Ref Rodriguez, released 109 pages of documents Wednesday relating to its conflict-of-interest complaint filed against Rodriguez. PUC alleges that Rodriguez illegally authorized $285,000 in payments to nonprofit organizations he oversaw during his tenure at PUC, as first reported Monday by the Los Angeles Times....
By Sarah Favot | October 18, 2017 4:04 pm
6 things to know about the old and new Ref Rodriguez allegations
*UPDATED Shockwaves reverberated through the Los Angeles education community last month when the LA County District Attorney filed charges against LA Unified school board President Ref Rodriguez alleging he engaged in political money laundering during his election two years ago. New allegations were revealed Monday when the Los Angeles Times published a report saying that...
By Sarah Favot | October 17, 2017 11:39 am