LA schools have a tentative deal with labor partners on health benefits — but watchdogs warn it’s not aggressive enough in reining in costs
A tentative agreement on health benefits marks the first time an LA Unified labor contract has directly taken on the district’s soaring healthcare costs. But watchdogs say the deal doesn’t go far enough in tackling the district’s standing debt — and some school board members warn it may actually make the next round of negotiations...
By Mike Szymanski | January 23, 2018 2:09 pm
For LA’s next superintendent, school board members want a unanimous choice
LA Unified’s school board members want a new superintendent they can all support. They would like to get a unanimous decision, as it was with Michelle King’s selection two years ago. They also want public input on the choice and to have a new leader in place by the time school starts in August. “Yes,...
By Mike Szymanski | January 17, 2018 2:05 pm
LAUSD’s school board can begin superintendent search; Ekchian is named interim head
LA Unified’s school board can begin the search for a new superintendent immediately, the district’s lead attorney said Tuesday, and the board president said members will hold weekly discussions as they move to bring stability to a district that has had nine superintendents in 20 years. The school board held its first meeting of the...
By Mike Szymanski | January 9, 2018 7:40 pm
‘Disappointing but not surprising’ — California’s ESSA plan gets some of the harshest feedback yet from Washington
California’s plan to improve its schools received some of the toughest criticism in the nation from the federal Department of Education, which came as no surprise to parents and education advocates, who will get another chance this week to tell the state how they want their schools improved. On Tuesday, the state has invited the...
By Mike Szymanski | January 8, 2018 1:00 pm
LAUSD Superintendent Michelle King, on medical leave as she fights cancer, will retire by end of June
Updated Jan. 5 LA Unified Superintendent Michelle King announced Friday afternoon she will be retiring from the district by the end of June as she undergoes treatment for cancer. King, 56, has been on a medical leave of absence since Sept. 15 after feeling weak during a long school board meeting three days earlier. In...
By Mike Szymanski | January 5, 2018 5:00 pm
Some LA parents say paperwork and new fees are forcing them to quit volunteering at their schools and jeopardizing extracurricular programs
Parents and teachers have become so frustrated with excessive paperwork, filing fees, and unexpected costs to use school rooms that holiday events have been canceled, fundraisers postponed, and special programs tabled throughout LA Unified. The district cracked down this fall on long-overlooked procedures meant to protect its liability, after an internal report last June showed...
By Mike Szymanski | December 19, 2017 4:28 pm