Meet an LAUSD school board candidate — District 6’s Patty López: ‘Parent involvement is key in our kids’ education’
LA School Report covers the 2017 LAUSD school board race: See all 13 candidate profiles Name: Patty López Board district: 6 Age: 49 Job: community activist in the San Fernando Valley Married: to Juan Lopez, supervisor for an electronic company Children in LAUSD: She has four children who attended LAUSD schools and four grandchildren. Her first three children graduated from San...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | February 9, 2017 5:48 pm
Meet an LAUSD school board candidate — District 2’s Mónica García: ‘Pleased with the progress but not satisfied’
LA School Report covers the 2017 LAUSD school board race: See all 13 candidate profiles Name: Mónica García Board district: 2 Age: 48 Job: Incumbent, school board District 2. She also has a paid position with the Probation Department, where she works a 4-10 work schedule. Married: No Children in LAUSD: No children LAUSD high school:...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | February 7, 2017 1:27 pm
‘They wonder how we do it’: Downey Unified — a school district in LA’s shadow with the same student demographics — is getting 96% of kids across the graduation stage
Downey Unified School District looks much like others in the Los Angeles area, including LA Unified. It serves thousands of students, the majority of them poor and Latino. But its 96 percent graduation rate and other achievements have won it both recognition and the highest honor — replication. Downey has been designated as an exemplary school district...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | February 6, 2017 8:51 am
Blazing the college trail: A graduate returns to her South LA home to help others find the way
As the first in her family to attend college and from a disadvantaged community where few students think it is possible to leave, Carolina Martínez Orozco wanted to prove that you can leave, and succeed. She also wanted to come back and encourage others. “It was always my goal to go to college outside of...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | February 1, 2017 1:52 pm
Parents cite urgent need for counselors in LA schools who can aid DACA students
Thousands of undocumented students and educators received a respite from uncertainty Wednesday when the DACA program survived President Donald Trump’s first executive order on immigration. Earlier this week his spokesman stated that ending the program is not among the administration’s immediate priorities. Still, for some parents, promises made by LA Unified officials that schools in LA...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | January 25, 2017 5:51 pm
Latino community celebrates as KIPP LA Prep is honored as a National Blue Ribbon School
Education leaders in Los Angeles along with families and members of the community of Boyle Heights in East Los Angeles on Thursday celebrated that one of their neighborhood’s schools — KIPP Los Angeles College Preparatory School (KIPP LA Prep) — has been named a 2016 National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. The National Blue...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | January 20, 2017 7:04 pm
LA education coalition helps parents navigate LAUSD with new Parent Engagement Toolkit
Community leaders, parents and even educators across Los Angeles agree that navigating LA Unified can be confounding and frustrating, so on Thursday two groups — United Way of Greater Los Angeles and the Communities for Los Angeles Student Success (CLASS) Coalition — launched a Parent Engagement Toolkit to help parents understand academic terms, education policies,...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | January 19, 2017 5:16 pm
MLK spirit on display at Crenshaw High as 700 volunteers take part in day of service
Honoring the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., hundreds of young volunteers from City Year in coordination with local partners on Monday commemorated Dr. King’s dream of the “Beloved Community” by beautifying Crenshaw High School in South Los Angeles. City Year, a national organization dedicated to helping students and schools succeed by...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | January 16, 2017 4:42 pm
LA’s special ed challenge: Integrating students at younger ages without putting special education centers at risk
As LA Unified struggles to right its financial ship, the high costs of educating children with special needs have come under a microscope. One strategy being used is identifying children in the infant and preschool years to help integrate them sooner into the general education population, which then cuts back on referrals to expensive special...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | January 16, 2017 4:03 pm
What happens when Latinos teach Latinos: The innovative ways LA schools are closing the stubborn teacher gap
As the numbers of Latino students continue to grow at LA Unified, the need for Latino teachers also increases. Some Los Angeles schools are using their own methods to close the gap between Latino students and teachers. Two of the innovators are PUC Schools, with its alumni teachers program, and UCLA Community School, a pilot school...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | December 14, 2016 6:26 am