A new public, state-run STEM school proposed for Los Angeles wins support from two county supervisors but is opposed by two LAUSD board members
*UPDATED A battle over a state-run public STEM school proposed for Los Angeles is heating up with two votes scheduled for Tuesday. Two members of the LA County Board of Supervisors support the school, while two LA Unified school board members say LA is “already addressing the need for STEM education.” Legislation to establish the...
By Sarah Favot | August 18, 2017 7:12 pm
State superintendent denounces Trump cuts during tour of LAUSD after-school program
Taking on President Donald Trump and his proposal to cut funding for after-school programs, state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson denounced the cuts Thursday in Los Angeles and encouraged students to write letters to their representatives in Congress describing how these programs have benefited them. Torlakson spoke to students and district leaders, including LA...
By Sarah Favot | August 18, 2017 12:14 pm
New charter high school prepares LA students for film and TV careers
*UPDATED Charis Holloman walked onto the campus of his new school Tuesday and didn’t even look back to say goodbye to his parents. “He’s excited,” Suzette Holloman said of her son’s independence as he started ninth-grade. Teachers and school staff greeted students with applause, cheers, handshakes, and fist bumps as they arrived for the first...
By Sarah Favot | August 15, 2017 4:23 pm
Here’s what the first day of school in Los Angeles looked like on social media
Tuesday signaled a return to class for LA Unified students — and that means lots of back-to-school photos on social media. There was some news Tuesday afternoon when reports came out that a swarm of bees attacked students at Palmdale High School. Dozens of students were stung and taken to hospitals, according to reports. UPDATED:...
By Sarah Favot | August 15, 2017 4:07 pm
Meet the 15 new schools opening in LAUSD this week
Even as enrollment has steadily declined over the last decade in the nation’s second-largest school district, LA Unified is opening four new schools this week, while independent charter schools will continue to grow with 11 new schools opening in Los Angeles. The district will launch a new all-boys school called Boys Academic Leadership Academy, the...
By Sarah Favot | August 14, 2017 5:28 pm
Maywood school is the last to open in massive building project. But dwindling enrollment makes today’s LAUSD a very different district.
When the Maywood Center for Enriched Studies welcomes students next week, it will be the last school — the 131st — to open under the district’s more than $20 billion school building project. But as the district’s enrollment has plummeted since the building program began, the state of the district is far different now than...
By Sarah Favot | August 11, 2017 2:28 pm