Dual language programs are so popular that LAUSD plans to double the number of schools offering them by next year
Demand for LA Unified’s dual language programs is so high that the district plans to expand from 16 schools offering the programs to as many as 35 schools next year. Meanwhile, the nation’s second-largest school district — where students speak 94 languages — is closing in on meeting its goals for improving test scores for...
By Mike Szymanski | October 19, 2017 4:20 pm
Charter schools are negotiating with LAUSD on major revisions to school renewal petitions
* UPDATE For the first time since LA Unified began authorizing independent charter schools, a charter school coalition is asking for major revisions in language and restrictions in their school petitions. And the school district seems more open than ever to making those compromises. Both sides say the changes are not aimed at increasing the...
By Mike Szymanski | October 17, 2017 7:46 am
LAUSD sports education teacher named among California’s Teachers of the Year
Kirsten Farrell, who teaches life-saving techniques as a medical technology teacher at Venice Senior High School, has been named one five California Teachers of the Year for 2018. Three of the five winners are in the Greater Los Angeles area, and all five are in Southern California. A teacher for 21 years, Farrell created one...
By Mike Szymanski | October 12, 2017 8:51 am
LA district schools lost 13,100 students this year — here’s what they plan to do about it
When board members heard Tuesday that the number of students who have left LA Unified schools was even worse than they’d been told, they wanted to know what was being done. Here’s what they heard: • launching the unified enrollment system • offering a broader range of school options • reducing absences. And here...
By Mike Szymanski | October 12, 2017 8:48 am
LAUSD needs to meet now with labor groups to ‘save the district,’ board member says
LA Unified urgently needs a sit-down with union representatives to make sure everyone is on the same page about the budget before the district falls off a fiscal “cliff,” longtime school board member Richard Vladovic said at Tuesday’s board meeting. “Our labor partners see the budget differently from the way we do, and I would...
By Mike Szymanski | October 12, 2017 8:37 am
Tempers flare at LAUSD school board — ‘I feel disenfranchised,’ one board member says
It was college appreciation day Tuesday at the LA Unified school board, so all the board members wore their school shirts. But they may as well have worn their football jerseys because it erupted into a verbal brawl. In a few seemingly innocuous votes involving committee meetings, two board members not part of the new...
By Mike Szymanski | October 10, 2017 9:03 pm