Tears, applause, and hope set theme for 3 newly inducted school board members
Mónica García carried a little green alien with her as she took her seat after being inaugurated for a fourth term on the LA Unified school board. “It’s a little alien named ‘Z’ from my niece Maya, and it’s supposed to spread love and harmony and peace and calm,” Garcia said. (And it’s a social-emotional...
By Mike Szymanski | July 7, 2017 3:16 pm
Ref Rodriguez is elected LAUSD board president and wins near-unanimous support for his ‘kids first’ resolution
The new members of the LA Unified school board were inducted Thursday, and the board’s first votes — on who would be their leader — broke along expected lines. The pro-reform majority exercised its muscle, voting 4-3 to elect as their president Ref Rodriguez, the co-founder one of LA’s largest charter school organizations. But immediately...
By Mike Szymanski | July 6, 2017 8:33 pm
New LA Unified school board is marked by its diversity, but can they get along?
* UPDATED When the new board is inducted on Thursday, it will kick off the longest period of time that all seven board members will be working together — a full three and a half years — in the entire 164-year history of the largest school district in the country that has an elected board. But...
By Mike Szymanski | July 5, 2017 8:47 am
LAUSD charter division looking into complaints brought by former school board candidate
LA Unified’s charter school oversight division has confirmed it will look into complaints about three independent charter high schools made by a parent whose daughter attends one of the schools and who ran for school board this spring. The charter division confirmed Tuesday that staff is looking into the complaints and will report back to...
By Mike Szymanski | June 28, 2017 4:03 pm
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