LA School Report to partner with California children’s organizations for May 15 gubernatorial forum on education, equity, juvenile justice
On May 15, California gubernatorial candidates including Antonio Villaraigosa, John Chiang, and Delaine Eastin will discuss the most critical issues facing the state’s 9.1 million children at a forum hosted by three Los Angeles-based nonprofit organizations in partnership with LA School Report, which is powered by The 74. The Chronicle of Social Change, the Children’s Defense Fund-California, and The Children’s...
By LA School Report | April 23, 2018
LAUSD students to board members: We need a superintendent who will make brave decisions in supporting all — not just some — of us!
An open letter by LAUSD students, to the Los Angeles Unified School Board members: We are a group of students that recognize our voices and experiences should give us the opportunity to participate in decisions made about our education. We hope you take our perspective into consideration as you undertake your most important duty...
By LA School Report | April 16, 2018
What leadership looks like: Stakeholders weigh in on the qualities they hope to see in LAUSD’s next superintendent
With a formal search now underway for Los Angeles Unified’s next superintendent, stakeholders have lots of ideas on the qualities our next district leader should have. In a new commentary series launching today, local and national education leaders share their thoughts on a fundamental question: What should leadership look like at the top? The district...
By LA School Report | February 19, 2018
Even as UTLA looks to bolster declining union membership with push into charters, one school’s teachers voted to decertify after just two years
As the Los Angeles teachers union continues to try to organize educators at the city’s largest charter school network, teachers at one of the few independent charter schools that joined the union voted to leave it after less than two years because union officials were pushing their own agenda, according to interviews and documents reviewed...
By LA School Report | February 12, 2018
JUST IN: Los Angeles Unified School District announces 3-year health and welfare deal with 8 labor partners
Late Thursday night, the Los Angeles Unified School District announced they had reached a tentative three-year agreement with eight different labor partners over health and welfare payments. The plan still requires ratification by both the unions and the Board of Education. Four key points in the tentative agreement, as distributed to the press in a...
By LA School Report | January 19, 2018
Ref Rodriguez resigns: 10 things to know about the charges against him
*Updated Monday, July 23: Ref Rodriguez resigned from the LA Unified board Monday morning after pleading guilty to criminal charges relating to his election campaign in 2015. In a statement, Rodriguez said: “It has been the honor of my life to serve the communities of Board District 5 as their L.A. Unified board member. I have...
By LA School Report | September 15, 2017
America’s Super Schools in spotlight for star-studded TV special celebrating HS innovation
By Laura Fay Some of the biggest names in entertainment will come together Friday in an hour-long televised special celebrating innovations in education. Participating performers will include Tom Hanks, Common, Jennifer Hudson, Samuel L. Jackson, Sheryl Crow, and Yo-Yo Ma, USA Today reported. EIF Presents XQ: Super School Live will air on ABC, CBS, Fox, and...
By LA School Report | September 6, 2017
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
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
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