Student activists fear that LA Unified’s vegan pilot program may just wither away
(Click on photo to play video of the school board meeting.) It was one of the most uncomfortably dramatic moments at any LA Unified School Board meeting in recent memory — maybe the oddest of any in the country this year. Flanked by her friends, 15-year-old Lila Copeland stood in silence for a minute and a...
By Mike Szymanski | July 20, 2017 1:40 pm
Austin Beutner explains the purpose of the LA Unified Advisory Task Force, and 7 other things you should know about how it will help kids
*UPDATED Philanthropist and former LA Times publisher Austin Beutner said he doesn’t see the new task force he is co-leading as a body that has any intention of usurping the new LA Unified School Board, or telling the superintendent what to do. “We are here to support Michelle King, and offer suggestions,” Beutner said in...
By Mike Szymanski | July 19, 2017 7:08 pm
‘See me for who I really am’: Inside Nick Melvoin’s plan to win over L.A. parents and teachers
When Nick Melvoin unseated LA Unified school board President Steve Zimmer, teachers threatened to strike. Others worried about having to find a new job. A national reporter was surprised to learn in an interview that opponents were all wrong when they portrayed Melvoin as a Trump supporter. And there was palpable trepidation by a server who...
By Mike Szymanski | July 18, 2017 3:01 pm
Teacher groups frustrated with California ESSA plan’s ‘loose’ definition of ineffective teachers
Teacher advocacy groups are concerned that California’s definition of an ineffective teacher is too loose and won’t be bolstered before the state has to turn in its federal accountability plan in two months. Each state must submit its plan to comply with the federal Every Student Succeeds Act by Sept. 18, and one accountability measure...
By Mike Szymanski | July 14, 2017 1:51 pm
Black Girls 6 Times as Likely to Be Suspended as Whites. ‘Let Her Learn’ Looks to Reverse the Trend
High School Sophomore Wins Google Contest — and $30,000 Scholarship — With Diversity Doodle
The Political Parallels and Contradictions of the School Choice, Food Choice — Er, Food Stamps — Debate
School board president says pay increase ‘will help all of us with our duties’
* UPDATED An independent city panel gave the LA Unified school board members a 174 percent raise on Monday night, from $45,627 to $125,000, but according to new board President Ref Rodriguez, it was an unexpected development. “This is a total surprise,” Rodriguez told LA School Report. “But it will help all of us with our...
By Mike Szymanski | July 12, 2017 3:17 pm
Exclusive: Charter co-locations across multiple school campuses are down by more than half, but LAUSD process still lacks transparency
LAUSD charter schools on multiple sites have gone down. The number of LA Unified charter schools that will be splitting their classrooms across two or more traditional school campuses will drop by more than half this fall. According to district data provided to LA School Report, 63 independent charter schools will share space at 74...
By Mike Szymanski | July 10, 2017 8:12 am