6 things to know about the old and new Ref Rodriguez allegations; board meeting is today
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 the...
By Sarah Favot | October 17, 2017 11:39 am
Charter schools are negotiating with LAUSD on major revisions to school renewal petitions
For the first time since LA Unified began authorizing independent charter schools, a charter school coalition is asking for major revisions in language and restrictions in their school petitions. And the school district seems more open than ever to making those compromises. Both sides say the changes are not aimed at increasing the number of...
By Mike Szymanski | October 17, 2017 7:46 am
New laws help California students get a degree faster
California community college students now have a faster route to a four-year degree, thanks to two new state laws. On Friday, Gov. Jerry Brown signed AB 705, allowing more students access to college-level courses instead of remedial courses when they start community college, and AB 19, giving all first-time students in the state a free...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | October 16, 2017 1:56 pm
Eli Broad, giant of education philanthropy, is retiring
Eli Broad, the prominent education philanthropist and charter school booster, is retiring to spend more time with his family, according to release from The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation. The Broads have given away more than $4 billion to education, health and science research, and contemporary-arts causes. They’ve pledged to give away 75 percent of their wealth....
By Carolyn Phenicie | October 16, 2017 1:43 pm
A similar past, a hoped-for future: Two lawyers each strive to open their own LA charter schools
For TyAnthony Davis, circumstance stopped dictating destiny in the fourth grade. One day he was pulled out of class and taken to the cafeteria to do what seemed to him, as a child, like some puzzles. He did well. Very well. His IQ got him transferred from the struggling school in his poor Fresno neighborhood...
By Beth Hawkins | October 16, 2017 7:44 am
Morning Read: $285,000 conflict-of-interest allegations could add to Ref Rodriguez’s legal problems — and 8 more must-reads
Good morning! 9 must-reads for you, to start the day: L.A. school board member Ref Rodriguez faces conflict-of-interest complaint over $285,000 in payments The charter school network that L.A. school board member Ref Rodriguez co-founded and ran for years has filed a complaint with state regulators alleging that Rodriguez had a conflict of interest when...
By LA School Report | October 16, 2017 6:45 am