Documents: Here are Ref Rodriguez’s checks and the conflict-of-interest complaint against him
Partnerships to Uplift Communities, the charter school network co-founded by school board member Ref Rodriguez, released 109 pages of documents Wednesday relating to its conflict-of-interest complaint filed against Rodriguez. PUC alleges that Rodriguez illegally authorized $285,000 in payments to nonprofit organizations he oversaw during his tenure at PUC, as first reported Monday by the Los Angeles Times....
By Sarah Favot | October 18, 2017 4:04 pm
6 things to know about the old and new Ref Rodriguez allegations
*UPDATED Shockwaves reverberated through the Los Angeles education community last month when the LA County District Attorney filed charges against LA Unified school board President Ref Rodriguez alleging he engaged in political money laundering during his election two years ago. New allegations were revealed Monday when the Los Angeles Times published a report saying that...
By Sarah Favot | October 17, 2017 11:39 am
Ballooning pension costs mean LAUSD and other California school districts are headed for cuts, Stanford study says
Pension payouts are growing so fast that California’s school districts are being forced to lay off staff and close schools, a Stanford professor and author of a new study says. LA Unified will have to cut spending by about 3 percent in 12 years in order to pay for the ballooning cost of its retirees’ pensions,...
By Sarah Favot | October 12, 2017 4:58 pm
‘Now is the time’ — Pepperdine gathers education policy voices to foster collaboration
“If ever there was a time to talk about collaboration, now is the time.” — Ryan J. Smith, executive director, The Education Trust-West Collaboration was the theme and aim of Pepperdine’s School of Public Policy’s first education conference, held Friday at the Malibu campus. The event brought together education policy leaders from Los Angeles...
By Sarah Favot | October 10, 2017 8:15 am
‘Exorbitant’ fees for a ‘dearth’ of special education services — An LA school may lose its charter for fighting back against LAUSD policies
An independent charter school says LA Unified charges too much for special education services and offers too little, so it wants to hold onto the option to get those services elsewhere. But because the San Fernando Valley school hasn’t indicated who will provide those services — and hasn’t promised to use LA Unified’s — it...
By Sarah Favot | October 2, 2017 4:46 pm
LAUSD improves slightly on standardized tests but still lags behind state average
*UPDATED LA Unified’s scores on state standardized tests continue to fall below the state average, even though its students posted slightly better gains, according to results released Wednesday. But English learners made no improvement. Their near-stagnant scores last year had caused deep consternation in the district, with one board member saying “the data is miserable.”...
By Sarah Favot | September 27, 2017 9:29 am