Morning Read: Ed Sec Betsy DeVos faces tough questions on Trump’s budget — and 7 more must-reads
Good morning! 8 must-reads for you, to start the day: Education Secretary Betsy DeVos got tough questions when she testified before the House Appropriations subcommittee yesterday. In addition to clashes over a possible $9 billion in cuts to the Education Department, politicians questioned if proper civil rights protections will be part of any plans to expand school choice,...
By LA School Report | May 25, 2017 6:15 am
Melvoin, Gonez ahead in mail-in balloting
The first election results in the LA Unified school board race are in, for mail-in ballots. Nick Melvoin leads Steve Zimmer, 60 percent to 40 percent. Kelly Gonez leads Imelda Padilla, 52 percent to 48 percent. Going into Tuesday, 116,817 of the 866,567 ballots issued had been mailed in and processed, or 13.5 percent. That...
By LA School Report | May 16, 2017 8:38 pm
LAUSD board race balloting: a few complaints but no official investigations
As balloting continued Tuesday for two seats on the LA Unified school board, a few complaints about polling issues in the District 4 race surfaced on neighborhood social media groups, but the Los Angeles City Clerk’s office said no calls had been received about board race problems. As of 3 p.m., only one investigation had...
By LA School Report | May 16, 2017 4:10 pm
John Legend, Bernie Sanders, Barbara Boxer rush to make endorsements in the most expensive school board race in U.S. history
It’s not every day that national political figures like Bernie Sanders and Arne Duncan rush to endorse candidates in local school board races. But then again, very little about the intensifying Los Angeles school board showdown is typical. As we’ve reported extensively in our 2017 election series, this year’s board race — which concludes in...
By LA School Report | May 9, 2017 11:26 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
Your cheat sheet on this week in education in Los Angeles — and quick fact: attendance was up on May Day Monday in LA schools
*UPDATED The week and the month kicked off Monday with 100,000 people participating in May Day marches across Los Angeles, which for the first time in more than a decade all joined together at their final destination at City Hall. Teacher union organizers had called on Superintendent Michelle King to close the schools, but the...
By LA School Report | May 1, 2017 5:41 pm
More HS students are graduating, but these key indicators prove those diplomas are worth less than ever
By Kevin Mahnken Last October, in perhaps the final triumphant moment of his administration, President Obama announced that America’s soaring high school graduation rate had risen, again, to an all-time high of 83 percent. Before he took office, the percentage of students earning diplomas languished for decades in the low to mid-70s; now the news...
By LA School Report | March 27, 2017 1:56 pm