Fighting teacher burnout: Great Public Schools Now grants aim to retain effective educators
When Hrag Hamalian opened Valor Academy Middle School in 2009, teacher retention was his foremost concern, so he decided to find out what educators desired in the workplace. Now executive director of Bright Star Schools, which includes six other charter schools, Hamalian surveyed his highly effective teachers in search of the answer. He found that...
By Sarah Favot | February 17, 2017 5:35 pm
Meet an LAUSD school board candidate — District 4’s Gregory Martayan: ‘We are going to cut the red tape’
LA School Report covers the 2017 LAUSD school board race: See all 13 candidate profiles Name: Gregory Martayan Board district: 4 Age: 33 Job: owns a public relations and local affirms firm Lives in: Encino Married: wife Sylva Children: three under age 2 LAUSD education?: No LAUSD. St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal school in...
By Sarah Favot | February 17, 2017 11:07 am
Students’ hot topics for District 4 candidates: school police, charters, college readiness and the undocumented
High school students continued their candidate forum series Wednesday night, this time moderating a panel discussion at LA City College with the four candidates for the LA Unified District 4 school board seat. It was the second of three forums run by high school students through the United Way of Greater Los Angeles. A panel...
By Sarah Favot | February 16, 2017 6:06 pm
Meet an LAUSD school board candidate — District 4’s Allison Holdorff Polhill: ‘If we don’t address the deficit, the results will be catastrophic’
LA School Report covers the 2017 LAUSD school board race: See all 13 candidate profiles Name: Allison Holdorff Polhill Board district: 4 Age: 51 Lives in: Pacific Palisades Job: debate coach, parent and student advocate Married to: Lucius Polhill, commercial insurance broker Children in LAUSD: Alex (23), Lucy (20) and Carter Polhill (18), all LAUSD graduates High school: Yucaipa High...
By Sarah Favot | February 16, 2017 10:58 am
Charter school parents advocate for their place in LA’s public education landscape
As the political rhetoric around charter schools heats up locally and nationally, Los Angeles charter school parents are not only defending their right to choose a school for their child but are now advocating for their place in the public education landscape. The shift was on display last week during two events in downtown Los...
By Sarah Favot | February 14, 2017 4:13 pm
Meet an LAUSD school board candidate — District 6’s Kelly Gonez: ‘I would bring in an incredibly strong sense of urgency’
LA School Report covers the 2017 LAUSD school board race: See all 13 candidate profiles Name: Kelly Gonez Board district: 6 Age: 28 Job: Seventh-grade science teacher at Crown Preparatory Academy in Los Angeles Lives in: Sylmar Married to: Manuel, who works in politics and on policy issues related to transportation, housing, homelessness, infrastructure and workforce development Children: none LAUSD education: No LAUSD...
By Sarah Favot | February 14, 2017 10:23 am