Kelly Gonez declares victory in LAUSD’s District 6 race
*UPDATED Charter teacher Kelly Gonez has won the LA Unified school board race for the open District 6 seat, according to unofficial results. “Based on the results we’re seeing, I feel confident that the voters of BD6 have voted to make me your next member of the Board of Education,” Gonez tweeted just after 12:30 a.m. With...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | May 17, 2017 12:48 am
The public charter school principal being honored today by TFA credits her mentor — frequent charter critic Steve Zimmer
*UPDATED MAY 3 It’s not every day that a charter educator and a frequent charter critic converge to praise each other’s achievements in public education. But Marisol Pineda Conde, principal of Camino Nuevo Charter Academy’s Miramar High School, credits her mentor for much of her success — LA Unified school board President Steve Zimmer. “I’ve known...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | May 2, 2017 7:57 pm
All LAUSD school board candidates agree on the undeniable importance of the Latino vote
The strength of Los Angeles’ Latino community blazed through city streets on Monday as 100,000 people marched to support immigrants’ rights and other causes including public education. With the LA Unified school board runoff just two weeks away, all four of the candidates acknowledge how important the Latino community’s support is in a district that...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | May 1, 2017 8:41 pm
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
Black Girls 6 Times as Likely to Be Suspended as Whites. ‘Let Her Learn’ Looks to Reverse the Trend
High School Sophomore Wins Google Contest — and $30,000 Scholarship — With Diversity Doodle
The Political Parallels and Contradictions of the School Choice, Food Choice — Er, Food Stamps — Debate
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