LA charter schools commit to students’ safety, join fight against Trump’s threat to sanctuaries
A coalition of Los Angeles charter schools announced Tuesday that they plan to join in the legal challenge against President Trump’s executive order to withhold federal money from “sanctuary jurisdictions” including LA Unified. They also reported that fewer seniors in their high schools are applying to college this year because of fears of their information being...
By Mike Szymanski | March 29, 2017 3:08 pm
LAUSD Valley seat gets the heat: Early campaign spending in runoff shifts from west side to Valley
Early campaign spending in the LA Unified school board runoff election has shifted to the open seat in the San Fernando Valley from the west side race, which dominated the primary election. Three weeks into the May 16 runoff contest, outside groups have spent nearly five times as much on the District 6 race compared...
By Sarah Favot | March 29, 2017 2:51 pm
JUST IN: Arne Duncan endorses Melvoin and Gonez in LAUSD races
*UPDATED Barack Obama’s former Education Secretary Arne Duncan threw his support Wednesday to two pro-reform candidates in the LA Unified school board race. Duncan, who was appointed secretary of education by Obama in 2009, endorsed Nick Melvoin who is running against school board President Steve Zimmer, and is backing Kelly Gonez against Imelda Padilla in...
By Mike Szymanski | March 29, 2017 10:52 am
Morning Read: DeVos talks school choice at Brookings Institution — and 6 other must-reads
Good morning! 9 must-reads for you, to start the day: In a speech at the Brookings Institution yesterday, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos talked substantively about education policy. Including hints that ESSA may be a way for the government to push school choice, reported on The 74, DeVos compared school choice to services like...
By LA School Report | March 29, 2017 8:05 am
Our school’s too white? Outraged parents vow to lie about their child’s race to keep their school from losing teachers
White parents who stand to lose teachers and counselors at their neighborhood public school in Los Angeles are changing their ethnic status with LA Unified to get around a district policy that strips extra staff from schools that are more than 30 percent white. And some Latino parents who fear deportation under the Trump Administration...
By Mike Szymanski | March 28, 2017 2:56 pm
LA education activist Yolie Flores on schools, politics, and why she’s running for Congress
Yolie Flores is one of 24 candidates who will compete in the April 4 special primary election for the 34th Congressional District seat which includes downtown LA, Koreatown and the city’s northeast region. If no candidate receives more than 50 percent of the votes, a runoff election will be held on June 6. When longtime representative Xavier Becerra...
By Conor Williams | March 28, 2017 2:38 pm
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
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