Los Angeles education advocate Jim Blew is confirmed as assistant secretary in U.S. Dept. of Education
Los Angeles’s Jim Blew was confirmed Tuesday by the U.S. Senate as the Department of Education’s assistant secretary for planning, evaluation, and policy development. The vote was 50-49. He was nominated last September. Blew, who was educated in LA Unified schools, has been serving as the acting secretary of the department’s office of innovation and improvement....
By Laura Greanias | July 17, 2018
The best of 2018 (so far): Our 9 most popular articles about LA students and schools from spring semester
Like the graduation mortarboards of June, 2018 is flying by. Catch up with the best of the year so far with our top nine stories. (For you math geeks, that’s half the year of ‘18.) Also spin through some of our favorites from our new feature this year, Parent Voices. THE TOP 9 1. LAUSD’s interim...
By Laura Greanias | July 2, 2018
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