LAUSD looks at ways of saving money by adjusting health benefits
With union leaders looking on, LA Unified’s school board spent four hours looking at options of how to cut or adjust health benefits to stave off a looming budget crisis. No decisions were made — the Tuesday “board retreat” was an information session — but the board analyzed details of the annual $1.1 billion in...
By Mike Szymanski | August 30, 2017 3:51 pm
LAUSD employees — and their benefits — at a glance
School board members spent half the day Tuesday digesting the data given to them about employee benefits. Chief Financial Officer Scott Price and Chief Risk Officer Janice Sawyer briefed the board on the health and welfare benefits for LA Unified employees and retirees and also detailed potential cost-saving measures. The ideas will have to be...
By Mike Szymanski | August 30, 2017 3:43 pm
Why do schools have Friday off? It’s the obscure state holiday of Admission Day
Friday is a day off in LA schools, but it’s not simply to turn Labor Day weekend into a four-day holiday. It’s Admission Day, a little-known state holiday that commemorates California being admitted into the United States as the 31st state on Sept. 9, 1850. This year, LA Unified recognizes the Sept. 9 state birthday on...
By Mike Szymanski | August 29, 2017 2:25 pm
No thanks, no tanks: LAUSD won’t take any surplus military equipment
The White House on Monday rescinded a ban on giving surplus military equipment to local law enforcement agencies, but don’t expect any of it to go to LA Unified. LA Unified School Police Chief Steve Zipperman issued a terse statement Monday: “LASPD no longer utilizes the 1033 program for military weapons procurement.” The 1033 program...
By Mike Szymanski | August 28, 2017 3:15 pm
Exclusive: LAUSD continues to add employees as enrollment drops
The number of LA Unified employees has increased even as enrollment continues to decline, according to district figures compiled this month for the new school year but not yet posted. This is in direct defiance of the strong recommendation by an Independent Financial Review Panel that urged a reduction of about 10,000 staff members, including...
By Mike Szymanski | August 28, 2017 8:01 am
Labor unions not feeling part of ‘One LA Unified’ after being left off school board’s agenda
Labor leaders who work with LA Unified were surprised their regular labor report was not on the agenda at the first board meeting of the new school year. Dropping the “labor partners update” was part of new board President Ref Rodriguez’s “Kid’s First” focus, so he began Tuesday’s meeting with students talking about their schools...
By Mike Szymanski | August 24, 2017 2:12 pm