8 in 10 LAUSD seniors apply to college, and they submit more applications than their peers nationally, new study shows
Eight out of 10 LA Unified seniors applied to college, and nearly two-thirds applied to at least one four-year college, according to a new report — the first in a series examining Los Angeles students’ college-going data. Those figures, for the Class of 2017, show that Los Angeles seniors apply at similar rates as their...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | November 16, 2018
From teachers to elected officials to parents, the 17 candidates who want to fill the vacant seat on LA’s school board
*Updated Nov. 15 Teachers, elected officials and parents are among the 17 candidates who have filed their intention to run in LA Unified’s special election in March to fill the board seat that has been vacant since Ref Rodríguez stepped down four months ago. Board District 5 represents almost 100,000 students — 89 percent are Latinos and 85...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | November 14, 2018
LAUSD ends fees for parent volunteers
LA Unified on Tuesday ended the requirement that parents have to pay to volunteer in their children’s schools. The school board voted unanimously to approve a resolution by Superintendent Austin Beutner, who exercised his authority to waive the $56 fee for fingerprinting and background checks. The district will also nearly double — from seven to...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | November 13, 2018
More parents, less district: LAUSD’s new superintendent readies his strategic plan to bring change to LA schools
Six months after taking over as LA Unified’s superintendent and vowing to bring change, Austin Beutner is weeks away from unveiling his strategic plan for the nation’s second-largest school district. Beutner shared some of his plan’s goals after a parent summit last week at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels downtown, one of...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | November 12, 2018
EDlection2018: Gavin Newsom focuses on immigrants, children and families in his victory speech after being elected California’s governor
Gavin Newsom accepted his victory in California’s race for governor with a speech focused on immigrants, children and keeping families together. Newsom, 51, will be the first governor in decades to hold office while raising young children. He has four children, ages 2 to 9, which, he has said, makes him “more righteous about public...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | November 8, 2018
EDlection2018: Education reformer Marshall Tuck has narrow lead in extremely close race for California’s state superintendent of schools — once again the most expensive schools chief race in election history
*Updated After the costliest race ever for a state schools chief, education reformer Marshall Tuck appears to have narrowly won his second bid for California’s superintendent of public instruction, according to unofficial results from the state. “I think the most important thing in our state is our public schools,” Tuck told NBC4 Tuesday night as early...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | November 7, 2018
EDlection2018: Gavin Newsom easily wins governor’s race in California, which he vows to make ‘a state of results and of refuge’
*Updated Nov. 7 with new poll results Gavin Newsom easily defeated John Cox to become governor of California in a race that in effect was a referendum on President Donald Trump and his policies. “Too many Californians are priced out of housing, healthcare and higher education. Too many children are growing up in poverty and...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | November 7, 2018
LAUSD sends new offer to its teachers union nearly meeting its salary demands, but class sizes keep the two sides apart
*Updated Oct. 31 LA Unified moved close to agreeing to all its teachers union’s salary demands, but the union called the new offer “insulting” for not matching its plan to lower class sizes. And the sweetened offer did not seem to put a damper on the union’s threats to strike. In a statement, its president...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | October 31, 2018
LA parent voice: After-school tutoring, literacy programs, finding community partners — this mom has learned to ‘do whatever it takes’ to help English learners
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.) Hilda Ávila has a very clear educational goal for her fourth-grade son this year: She wants him to move out of the English learner...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | October 24, 2018
Unleashing the youth vote: Power California’s Luis Sánchez is bringing 25 years’ experience mobilizing young people to the polls this November — along with thousands of new voters
*Updated Oct. 22 Luis Sánchez has spent 25 years mobilizing young people in Los Angeles and across California to fight for educational justice, from gaining equal access to a more rigorous curriculum to reducing suspension rates. But he has learned that to release their real power, they need to vote. “If their generation doesn’t vote,...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | October 22, 2018