Easy money for LA schools: Get every kid to class one more day a year and generate $30 million
*UPDATED It’s a daunting task to try to figure out how LA Unified can save money, but an advisory group came up with a surprising statistic: If the district can get every student in the district to come to school at least one more day, then it will be ahead by $30 million because of...
By Mike Szymanski | December 8, 2017 3:02 pm
Los Angeles schools could lose tens of millions of dollars for fire-related closures — but state will likely cover the bill
*UPDATED — Schools to reopen Monday, plus lunch and support sites available on Friday and Saturday. More than one-third of LA Unified schools closed this week because of raging fires in the San Fernando Valley and the Sepulveda Pass. No students in all those seats could mean a loss of tens of millions of dollars...
By Mike Szymanski | December 7, 2017 3:13 pm
LAUSD agrees to more consistency when tacking on additional requirements to charter renewals
LA Unified’s charter division agreed this week to be more consistent when making additional requirements of independent charter schools during their renewal process. School board vice president Nick Melvoin requested the change at Tuesday’s board meeting because he said the added requirements, known as benchmarks, were being applied unfairly to some schools that were showing...
By Mike Szymanski | December 7, 2017 3:02 pm
Vegan lunches could be coming to every LAUSD school next year
Carolina Sagrero, 16, is neither vegan nor vegetarian, but she sure likes the new vegan chili that’s joined the Roosevelt High School lunch menu this year. “Everyone loves the vegan chili,” said Sagrero, a junior on the volleyball team. “It got me thinking about my diet, and so I’ve tried more of the vegan options....
By Mike Szymanski | December 3, 2017 7:15 pm
Van Nuys elementary school was site of visit by alleged sex offender volunteering at polls
* UPDATED A man volunteering as a poll worker at a Van Nuys elementary school was a registered sex offender, according to a report this week. Although the election activity provided limited access to any students, LA Unified confirmed Wednesday that the district was notified of the potential violation and no incident occurred nor arrests made....
By Mike Szymanski | November 29, 2017 3:12 pm
Most charters were approved Tuesday, but here are the 3 that were turned down
*UPDATED Although the LA Unified Charter Division staff and school board approved last-minute wording that saves about a dozen other charter schools, three charters were rejected at Tuesday’s board meeting by unanimous votes. A military institute that shares space at Sun Valley High School, a 6-12 school that has a higher-than-average enrollment of special education students,...
By Mike Szymanski | November 7, 2017 8:52 pm