Education highlights of California’s new state budget
Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed the state budget for the next fiscal year, which includes an additional $3 billion for K-12 education and community colleges, bringing total state spending on education to $74.5 billion for 2017-18. LA Unified is the largest school district in the state. The majority of its budget, as other public...
By Sarah Favot | June 27, 2017 4:46 pm
Why is LAUSD spending more money this year even though revenues are down?
Even as LA Unified’s enrollment is projected to continue its downward slide next year, which means less money for the district, spending will increase compared to the previous year. The new budget for 2017-18, approved unenthusiastically last Tuesday by the LA Unified school board, includes a 6.7 percent increase in spending from the last school...
By Sarah Favot | June 27, 2017 1:43 pm
A model for change in South Los Angeles: UCLA steps in to rescue a struggling middle school
An imposing South Los Angeles middle school in a dense neighborhood not far from where the LA Riots erupted 25 years ago once bustled with 2,000 students. Today only 350 students roam its hallways. Families have fled Horace Mann Middle School and its low student achievement, but LA’s largest public university thinks it can turn...
By Sarah Favot | June 26, 2017 8:18 am
LAUSD is about halfway through fixing what an independent panel said could lead to bankruptcy
LA Unified has implemented about half of the strategies stemming from an independent panel’s report on the district’s finances, Superintendent Michelle King said at Tuesday’s presentation of the budget. The Independent Financial Review Panel of nine experts commissioned by former Superintendent Ramon Cortines stated that if significant actions weren’t taken, the district was headed toward...
By Sarah Favot | June 21, 2017 5:07 pm
Black Girls 6 Times as Likely to Be Suspended as Whites. ‘Let Her Learn’ Looks to Reverse the Trend
High School Sophomore Wins Google Contest — and $30,000 Scholarship — With Diversity Doodle
The Political Parallels and Contradictions of the School Choice, Food Choice — Er, Food Stamps — Debate
LAUSD approves $7.5 billion budget under cloud of declining enrollment and future cuts
The LA Unified school board on Tuesday approved a $7.5 billion budget for the 2017-18 school year even as some board members expressed frustrations about declining enrollment and future cuts that might come as the board faces budget deficits. Spending has increased from the 2016-17 school year by 6.7 percent, while revenues have declined by...
By Sarah Favot | June 20, 2017 9:09 pm
Where students say school bullying is a problem in LA — elementary schools top the list
*UPDATED While middle school is largely believed to be where bullying occurs most often, the LA Unified schools where the highest majority of students reported that bullying was a problem were elementary schools, according to surveys about safety in schools. Of the 24 schools where the largest percentage of students reported that bullying was a...
By Sarah Favot | June 20, 2017 12:42 pm