LAUSD board frees principals of struggling schools from having to hire teachers sent to them by the district
Updated June 15 About one-fourth of LA Unified schools have just won a coveted freedom: the right to hire the best teacher for the job. However, the majority of Los Angeles schools are still shackled by a longtime districtwide policy that forces principals to hire from a “must-place” list of “displaced” teachers. But that could...
By Laura Greanias | June 15, 2018
LAUSD students: Meet your new school board representative, and he’s going to make sure you register to vote
As LA Unified board members thanked Benjamin Holtzman for his service this school year as Student Board Member, Holtzman introduced his replacement: Tyler Okeke. Here are a few things to know about Tyler, who starts his new post in August. High school: Harbor Teacher Preparation Academy, which at Tuesday’s board meeting was renamed after one of the...
By Laura Greanias | June 12, 2018
Your #EDlection2018 primer: The facts, figures, and faces that will shape Tuesday’s primary
Tomorrow is California’s long-awaited primary, and education watchers are all-eyes on two races. At the top of the ticket is the governor, with 27 candidates. The most important question won’t be who comes in first — Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom maintains a commanding lead — but who makes it to the No. 2 spot. In...
By Laura Greanias | June 4, 2018
#EDlection2018: Your quick guide to the 4 candidates running for state superintendent & highlights from their interviews
*Updated May 29 A week from today is California’s primary, and four candidates are running for state Superintendent of Public Instruction. LA School Report interviewed all four on what makes for a high-quality school, how to engage parents, how to help the lowest-performing schools, why they’re running, and more. Here are edited highlights from each...
By Laura Greanias | May 29, 2018
#EDlection 2018: Tony Thurmond on well-trained teachers and why he’s running for state superintendent
*Updated May 29 Tony Thurmond is one of four candidates running for state Superintendent of Public Instruction. Thurmond, 49 and a Democrat, is in his second term representing Richmond in the state Assembly. He was born at Ford Ord in Monterey. After his mother, a Panamanian immigrant, died when he was 6 years old, he...
By Laura Greanias | May 22, 2018
#EDlection 2018: Marshall Tuck on good school leadership and why he’s running for state superintendent
*Updated May 21 Marshall Tuck is one of four candidates running for state Superintendent of Public Instruction. He spent two years as educator-in-residence at the New Teacher Center, from 2015 to 2017. The Santa Cruz-based nonprofit seeks to improve student learning by accelerating the effectiveness of new teachers, experienced teachers, and school leaders. Previously, he led...
By Laura Greanias | May 20, 2018