LAUSD more than doubles new magnets this year, but teachers union calls for contract changes that would halt their growth
*Updated Aug. 15 LA Unified kicked off the school year this week by more than doubling the number of new magnet schools and programs. But the mostly high-achieving school choice options have a new opponent: the teachers union. LA Unified is locked in a contract dispute with United Teachers Los Angeles, which is calling for...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | August 15, 2018
LA parent voice: My daughter has perfect attendance, but my goal is to help all parents take responsibility for making sure their kids are in 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.) Of all the things Magda Karina Vargas has learned while volunteering at her daughter’s school, what concerns her the most is how big an impact students’...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | August 14, 2018
‘Do what works for your schools’ — A new year kicks off in Los Angeles with a new superintendent looking for change
LA Unified kicks off a new school year Tuesday, with a new superintendent looking to lead in a new way. Here are some reasons why Superintendent Austin Beutner says change is needed in the district: Of every 100 students who enter LA Unified high schools, 12 will drop out. Of every 100 students, 77 will...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | August 13, 2018
Parents can stop guessing if their kids are ready for the academic year with a new interactive tool that gauges school readiness
Most parents think their kids are ready for the next grade. In fact, 90 percent believe their child is academically on par with or above their peers in their grade. However, only 39 percent of teachers believe their students are at grade level when they start the new school year. The reality is that only...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | August 8, 2018
100,000 LAUSD students have no representative. Here are 5 things to know about Board District 5, vacated by Ref Rodriguez’s resignation
Nearly 100,000 Los Angeles students are heading back to school without an elected representative because of the empty LA Unified school board seat in District 5. The District 5 seat — one of seven in the district, each with its own elected board member — was held by Ref Rodríguez, who pleaded guilty to money-laundering...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | August 6, 2018
LA parent voice: ‘It takes a village to raise a kid, and it starts with empowering parents’
Each 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.) Isabel Martinez is celebrating that her daughter is the first in her family to go to college. She graduated from Mendez High School in Boyle Heights...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | August 1, 2018