LAUSD approves expensive health benefits contract but vows to be tougher in negotiations going forward
*Updated Feb. 15 Despite parents’ pleas to deal now with a coming deficit that could require huge cuts, a narrow majority of LA Unified’s school board on Tuesday approved a new contract that commits the district to paying for its employees’ generous health benefits at current levels for the next three years. The contract passed 4-2, with...
By Mike Szymanski | February 14, 2018 5:01 pm
Exclusive: Adam Anderson, a third-way candidate for California’s superintendent of instruction, on why he pulled out of the race
Adam Anderson, a third-way candidate for California’s state superintendent of instruction, has pulled out of the race. Anderson, 36, was educated in California public schools through college. He spent six years in Chicago and directed strategy and policy at Chicago Public Schools before returning to California in 2014 to lead strategy and operations at EducationSuperHighway,...
By LA School Report | February 14, 2018 4:29 pm
LA parent voice: What matters most in the search for a good school
Every week, we sit down with Los Angeles parents to talk about their students, their schools, and what questions or suggestions they have for their school district. (See our previous interviews.) For parents, finding a good school for their children can be exhausting, especially as they search for the right tools and resources to compare...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | February 13, 2018 3:26 pm
Morning Read: Proposed legislation could expand expiring ban on “willful defiance” suspensions — and 7 more must-reads
Good morning! 8 must-reads for you, to start the day: Countdown to expand ban on ‘willful defiance’ suspensions in California schools With just months to go before California’s ban on so-called “willful defiance” suspensions in early primary grades is set to expire, youth advocates are pushing for passage of a bill making its way through...
By LA School Report | February 16, 2018 6:30 am
Commentary: Look to leadership to retain California’s teachers of color
Our nation has a problem with recruiting and retaining high-quality teachers, particularly teachers of color. According to an analysis by the Center for American Progress, while students of color make up 40 percent of the school-age population, just 17 percent of the nation’s teaching force is made up of teachers of color. What’s more, California has the...
By Christine Chiu | February 13, 2018 3:24 pm
Even as UTLA looks to bolster declining union membership with push into charters, one school’s teachers voted to decertify after just two years
As the Los Angeles teachers union continues to try to organize educators at the city’s largest charter school network, teachers at one of the few independent charter schools that joined the union voted to leave it after less than two years because union officials were pushing their own agenda, according to interviews and documents reviewed...
By LA School Report | February 12, 2018 1:26 pm