Union To Ask LA Unified Board for a Stay On Dismissals*
The Los Angeles teachers union will ask the LA Unified Board of Education to temporarily suspend the two most recent rounds of teacher dismissals, which the board approved in closed sessions this month and last month. “Teachers want to make sure that if there are any bad guys in the classroom, that they stop being...
By Hillel Aron | October 14, 2013 1:35 pm
LA Unified Suspension Rate Accelerating Down, to 1.5 Percent
The suspension rate in LA Unified has fallen to 1.5 percent — an impressive drop from the 8.1 percent of the 2007-08 school year. The rate of decrease has been even more pronounced since John Deasy was appointed Superintendent in 2011. In his first full school year in charge, the suspension rate fell to 3.7...
By Hillel Aron | October 14, 2013 12:10 pm
Gov. Brown’s Veto Leaves Teacher Dismissal in Limbo*
Governor Jerry Brown’s veto of AB 375, a bill that would have amended California’s teacher dismissal process, doesn’t mean the effort is dead. “The governor still wants to do something,” LA Unified’s chief lobbyist, Edgar Zazueta, told LA School Report. “I do see there will be one, if not several, efforts to do this next year. Hopefully we’re...
By Hillel Aron | October 11, 2013 12:42 pm
Kayser is New LA Unified Board Budget Committee Chair
Bennett Kayser has taken over as chairman of the LA Unified School Board budget committee, replacing Tamar Galatzan, who stepped down after two years. Galatzan said that she saw no reason for the budget committee — formally, the Facilities, Audit and Budget Committee — to meet at the moment, now that the district is conducting a a...
By Hillel Aron | October 11, 2013 9:34 am
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
Vladovic Apologizes, Escapes Further Board Action — For Now
After a tense, four-hour closed meeting with his LA Unified Board colleagues, President Richard Vladovic opened a brief public session admitting that he had violated the district’s code of conduct and apologizing to employees he may have harmed. “I did get upset at people,” he said. “I did tell them things I shouldn’t have told...
By Hillel Aron | October 8, 2013 7:32 pm
Board to Review Vladovic Charges in Closed Session
The LA Unified board is expected to review findings of an investigation into harassment charges against Board President Richard Vladovic when it meets today in closed session, according to people familiar with the meeting agenda. The agenda makes no explicit mention of the investigation, which was concluded two weeks ago. While board members were individually briefed on the case...
By Hillel Aron | October 8, 2013 8:25 am