Exclusive: Can Mónica García bring her success of unifying a ‘struggling district’ to all of LAUSD?
Mónica García started this month’s school board meeting day with an 8 a.m. visit to one of her schools. At 9 she joined the board’s closed session meeting, eating her lunch while it extended right up to the public afternoon meeting. Between votes, she could be found talking to concerned parents in the hallway outside...
By Mike Szymanski | March 27, 2017 1:59 pm
More HS students are graduating, but these key indicators prove those diplomas are worth less than ever
By Kevin Mahnken Last October, in perhaps the final triumphant moment of his administration, President Obama announced that America’s soaring high school graduation rate had risen, again, to an all-time high of 83 percent. Before he took office, the percentage of students earning diplomas languished for decades in the low to mid-70s; now the news...
By LA School Report | March 27, 2017 1:56 pm
Valley View Elementary turns 100, as will dozens of other LAUSD schools in the next five years
Philip Skarin walked a mile and a half to his little school in the Cahuenga Pass in 1930 from Mulholland Drive when it was just a dirt road. There were 16 students in his class at the school that was called Hollywood Park Elementary and opened in 1917. “I came to school barefoot because we...
By Mike Szymanski | March 24, 2017 4:34 pm
Morning Read: Districts spending more money on salaries — for administrators (and 5 more must-reads)
Good morning! 6 must-reads for you, to start the day: California school districts increased spending on administrator pay faster than teacher pay As funding grew following years of budget cuts, California school districts increased spending for administrator pay faster than they raised spending for teacher pay, a Bee review of state financial data found. General...
By LA School Report | March 27, 2017 6:45 am
Claiming sanctuary: Inside the schools now actively resisting Trump’s immigration crackdown
The girl had already burst into tears when the bold, yellow letters on the man’s jacket came into focus: “Police.” Rómulo Avelica-González had just dropped off his 12-year-old daughter, Yuleni, at a Los Angeles charter school — as he did every morning — and was heading next to the school of his 13-year-old daughter, Fatima....
By Mark Keierleber | March 23, 2017 8:26 am
Commentary: Keeping the DREAM alive — how to talk to students and what you can do
By Stephanie Kozofsky On a recent field trip, Paola told me that she has not seen her parents in four years. A senior, Paola has a 3.4 GPA, is on the flag football team and the varsity soccer team, and is taking a college course after school. Her love for this school, her education, and...
By Guest Contributor | March 23, 2017 8:25 am
Commentary: Let’s make teacher tenure meaningful
By Phylis Hoffman I was glad when I received tenure in LAUSD. I was also surprised. As a new teacher in LAUSD, I had no idea I was under evaluation for tenure until that moment. Suddenly, the code on my paycheck changed, notifying me I’d been granted the permanent status known as tenure. I’d been...
By Guest Contributor | March 22, 2017 3:28 pm
Supreme Court sets new standard for special ed, unanimously rejects minimal school progress
A united Supreme Court Wednesday set a new, more rigorous standard for special education services in the United States. The unanimous decision in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District will require school districts to offer individualized education programs “reasonably calculated to enable a child to make progress appropriate in light of the child’s circumstances.” An attorney for the...
By Carolyn Phenicie | March 22, 2017 11:41 am
Special series from CCSA and live stream: 3 new essays on America’s misleading charter school narrative
This morning, The 74 CEO Romy Drucker will be moderating a panel at the 24th annual California Charter School Conference in Sacramento about how the mainstream press covers, and occasionally distorts, America’s charter schools sector. You can stream the event live here, beginning at 10:45 a.m.: Ahead of the conversation, three of today’s panelists have published a special...
By LA School Report | March 22, 2017 7:18 am
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