EXCLUSIVE: Successful magnet and affiliated charter schools may suffer in proposed reshuffling of LAUSD’s Title I funds
A realignment of Title I money being proposed at LA Unified could end up hurting some of the district’s most successful schools, many in low-income areas. The school board is discussing funneling more of the federal funding to schools with the highest poverty rates. The plan to reshuffle the federal money was proposed by two...
By Mike Szymanski | June 22, 2017 3:55 pm
LAUSD reassigns 943 employees, laying off 114, mostly library aides
In an effort to stave off a pending budget deficit, the LA Unified school board agreed Tuesday to reassign 943 classified employees, laying off 114 of them. These reduction-in-force notices are in addition to 115 administrative layoffs that are expected to be finalized by the end of the month. The latest RIF notices include accounting, financial...
By Mike Szymanski | June 20, 2017 5:55 pm
Accountability and school improvement are top concerns as Angelenos give input on California’s ESSA plan
Only eight people showed up at one of the last chances for parents and educators to give input on the state’s overall school plan that they need to submit in order to get about $80 billion from the federal government. Their top concerns for the state as it formulates its Every Student Succeeds Act plan were...
By Mike Szymanski | June 15, 2017 5:19 pm
LAUSD to charter schools: You’re not allowed in our new unified enrollment system
* UPDATED LA Unified is going to get its first phase of a unified enrollment system, but board members held up authorizing the cash for it until they added a stipulation that specifically excludes independent charter schools for at least two years. After a long and animated discussion at Tuesday’s meeting, the board — which...
By Mike Szymanski | June 14, 2017 2:24 pm
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In surprise move, LAUSD board extends superintendent’s contract through 2020; Mónica García objects
In a surprise move during Tuesday’s closed session, LA Unified Superintendent Michelle King had her contract extended through June 30, 2020, even though her contract wasn’t up for renewal until next year. The lone dissent came from board member Mónica García who objected because it didn’t give the new pro-reform majority a chance to review...
By Mike Szymanski | June 14, 2017 8:12 am
LA hearings this week: How to review and give input on California’s ESSA plan to help low achievers
State education officials have solicited meetings all month to work out a plan to let the federal education department know how they will help low-achieving students. Some community education leaders said they think the state still has a long way to go. Two meetings will be held this week in Los Angeles, and two more will...
By Mike Szymanski | June 12, 2017 2:47 pm