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
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
Morning Read: State lawmaker considers 8:30 start time for middle and high schoolers
What time should school start? No earlier than 8:30 a.m., lawmaker proposes Local teens may catch a few more Zs during the school week under a bill that state Sen. Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge) introduced this week. Senate Bill 328 would require middle and high schools across California to start the school day no earlier than 8:30...
By LA School Report | February 17, 2017 8:02 am
Meet an LAUSD school board candidate — District 4’s Allison Holdorff Polhill: ‘If we don’t address the deficit, the results will be catastrophic’
LA School Report covers the 2017 LAUSD school board race: See all 13 candidate profiles Name: Allison Holdorff Polhill Board district: 4 Age: 51 Lives in: Pacific Palisades Job: debate coach, parent and student advocate Married to: Lucius Polhill, commercial insurance broker Children in LAUSD: Alex (23), Lucy (20) and Carter Polhill (18), all LAUSD graduates High school: Yucaipa High...
By Sarah Favot | February 16, 2017 10:58 am
Zimmer convinces school board to go for ‘clean money’ elections
Although he’s currently the recipient of campaign cash in what may be the most expensive school board race ever, LA Unified board President Steve Zimmer pushed through a “Clean Money” resolution on Tuesday but said it is not about him. Zimmer convinced his often disparate group of colleagues on the school board to unanimously approve the...
By Mike Szymanski | February 15, 2017 2:44 pm