Lots of talk but little action to help the lowest-performing schools in Los Angeles and California
There’s been a lot of talk but little action from Los Angeles and California education officials when it comes to supporting the lowest-performing schools. Last week state board members again voted to put off revisions to California’s education plan, which are required in order for the plan to be approved by the federal Department of...
By Laura Greanias | March 19, 2018
What you needed to know about LA schools in January: Our 7 most popular articles this month
The new year started off with a bang for education watchers in Los Angeles: a new leader will be chosen this year for the nation’s second-largest school district. The first month of 2018 had plenty more news to keep up with, as the state thumbed its nose at new federal accountability rules, the governor sought...
By Laura Greanias | January 30, 2018
LA’s Jim Blew is nominated for high-level Dept. of Education post
Los Angeles’ Jim Blew has been nominated to become the U.S. Department of Education’s assistant secretary for planning, evaluation, and policy development, according to a White House press release issued Thursday. Education Week reported in June that Blew was the front-runner for the position. He still needs to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Blew...
By Laura Greanias | September 28, 2017
Best of June: Highlights from LA’s graduation and budget season
*UPDATED June is graduation and budget season. If you were busy preparing for either of those, here’s a quick look at what happened this month, as reflected in some of our top stories. To make sure you get all the news, sign up for our newsletter at the bottom of our website. And don’t forget...
By Laura Greanias | June 29, 2017
Zimmer and Melvoin in their last debate: good guys with sharp tongues
They both agree the other’s a good guy. What they don’t agree on is whether LA Unified is a success. On Monday night, LA Unified school board President Steve Zimmer faced Nick Melvoin in their last debate before the May 16 runoff. The audience of about 75 at Palisades Charter High School was the most...
By Laura Greanias | May 9, 2017
Zimmer and Melvoin face off in their first one-on-one debate. The most unruly? The audience.
*UPDATED Steve Zimmer and Nick Melvoin met Sunday evening in their first one-on-one debate, heading into the final three weeks before the May 16 runoff for the LA Unified District 4 school board seat. Moderator Dr. Fernando J. Guerra of Loyola Marymount University had to dig deep at times to find daylight between Zimmer, the...
By Laura Greanias | April 24, 2017