Zimmer convinces school board to go for ‘clean money’ elections
Although he’s currently the recipient of campaign cash in what may be the most expensive school board race ever, LA Unified board President Steve Zimmer pushed through a “Clean Money” resolution on Tuesday but said it is not about him. Zimmer convinced his often disparate group of colleagues on the school board to unanimously approve the...
By Mike Szymanski | February 15, 2017 2:44 pm
Student-led forum questions District 2 candidates on Trump policies, bullying and safety
High school students moderated a forum of the three candidates in the District 2 school board race on Friday night in front of a capacity crowd of 200, with 100 more students waiting to get in. The candidates were asked how they plan to battle Trump administration policies, help underperforming and underprivileged youth, increase the...
By Mike Szymanski | February 12, 2017 2:11 pm
Meet an LAUSD school board candidate — District 6’s Imelda Padilla: ‘I am a true product of this community’
LA School Report covers the 2017 LAUSD school board race: See all 13 candidate profiles Name: Imelda Padilla Board district: 6 Age: 29 Job: Community organizer for Pacoima Beautiful, then with the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy, and started her own nonprofit Together We Do More, which aims to help middle and high school students start to think...
By Mike Szymanski | February 8, 2017 1:16 pm
Despite ‘Herculean efforts’ to conserve, LAUSD’s utility bill could jump $36 million
Last year LA Unified board members were shocked to learn that higher utility rates could jack up the district’s utility bill by $24 million. So they swung into action with energy-saving measures. But on Tuesday they learned they could be facing even steeper increases — up to 50 percent more. Even with a 13 percent...
By Mike Szymanski | February 8, 2017 12:58 pm
Keeping kids out of the justice system and in school: Youth services program looks to LAUSD to help fund Valley expansion
The only pre-arrest juvenile diversion program in California is seeking nearly $1 million to expand into the San Fernando Valley, so its leaders came Tuesday to the cash-strapped LA Unified to ask for about half of it. Although four of the seven school board members at the budget committee meeting spoke positively about the program, they...
By Mike Szymanski | February 7, 2017 2:57 pm
Meet an LAUSD school board candidate — District 2’s Carl Petersen: ‘The bureaucracy is just so huge’
LA School Report covers the 2017 LAUSD school board race: See all 13 candidate profiles Name: Carl J. Petersen Board district: 2 Age: 49 Job: Manages shipping production for start-up company Arecont Vision that supplies security cameras. Married: Nicole Thiroux-Petersen Children in LAUSD: Three stepdaughters who are triplets: one at Granada Hills Charter High School, one...
By Mike Szymanski | February 6, 2017 2:52 pm