JUST IN: Ref Rodriguez resigns as LAUSD school board president after felony charges
Ref Rodriguez announced Tuesday he has resigned from his position as LA Unified school board president after the district attorney charged him last week with three felonies related to an alleged money laundering scheme in his bid for the school board. Rodriguez posted a statement on his Twitter and Facebook pages at the beginning of a...
By Sarah Favot and Mike Szymanski | September 19, 2017 2:40 pm
Local control trumps sleepy teens: California’s late-start bill couldn’t overcome opposition but may return next year
A bill that would allow middle and high schoolers to sleep in later failed to gain legislative support and will be reconsidered next year. The bill, SB 328 — a statewide prohibition against starting school before 8:30 a.m. for public middle and high schools — won only 26 of the 41 votes it needed in...
By Sarah Favot | September 18, 2017 7:37 pm
Good news on chronic absences and the budget, despite a ‘structural deficit’ — a wrap-up of board action
This Tuesday, the school board will meet in a non-voting session, called the Committee of the Whole. It will be the first meeting of the board since last week’s revelations of felony charges against school board President Ref Rodriguez. That news came just after last Tuesday’s board meeting, the second that Rodriguez presided over as...
By Mike Szymanski | September 18, 2017 7:37 pm
Commentary: Board member George McKenna’s challenge to adopt higher standards for all schools
George McKenna is known for waxing eloquently during the school board meetings, and at the meeting on Sept. 12, he wrote down some of his thoughts. Part of the reason was because the new board President Ref Rodriguez is limiting statements to five minutes per topic by each of the board members, but part of it...
By Guest contributor | September 18, 2017 7:13 pm
Morning Read: How California defines ‘effective’ teachers — and 5 more must-reads
Good morning! 6 must-reads for you, to start the day: California defines ‘effective’ and ‘ineffective’ teachers, and why it matters Intern teachers in programs like Teach for America who earn their preliminary credential while on the job will not have the scarlet letter of being labeled an “ineffective teacher” in California. In adopting the state...
By LA School Report | September 18, 2017 7:10 am
Exclusive: Ben Austin launches Kids Coalition to give LA students a legal right to a high-quality education
The man who helped craft the state’s parent trigger law and who founded Parent Revolution has launched a new organization that aims to put a kids-first agenda into practice and give LA Unified students and their parents legal rights in decisions about their education. The organization is called Kids Coalition and will be headed by...
By Sarah Favot | September 18, 2017 6:01 am