The 7 hottest California education storylines we’re watching in 2018
While 2017 was undoubtedly a huge year for education in national politics and in Los Angeles, 2018 has the potential to bring big changes to education across California. A new governor, who will appoint a new state Board of Education, will have a significant impact on how education is funded and what students are learning. Here are seven things to...
By Sarah Favot | January 3, 2018
The top 7 charts of 2017: LAUSD by the numbers
It’s been a big year of big numbers at the nation’s second-largest school district. 2017 saw the most expensive school board race in U.S. history, new graduation highs, and soaring employee benefit costs. The lows included a steeper drop in enrollment than predicted, a steady march to a structural deficit, and further financial losses because more students...
By Sarah Favot | December 20, 2017
With $13 billion in healthcare liabilities and union demands for even higher benefits, LAUSD heads back into negotiations trying to stop the bleeding — and prepared if talks break down
*UPDATED With a crushing $13 billion in unfunded healthcare liabilities, LA Unified and its employee unions return to the negotiating table Monday still far apart — unions want increases in health benefits, the district wants to stop the bleeding — so the district is coming prepared. This month it secured the blessing of the school...
By Sarah Favot | December 17, 2017
Despite parent support for a later school start, LAUSD classes will begin in mid-August for next 3 years
Despite more surveyed parents wanting school to start after Labor Day, the LA Unified school board voted Tuesday to keep the current school calendar for the next three years. Classes will begin in mid-August, with a week off for Thanksgiving, a three-week winter break, and a weeklong spring break. The first semester will end before...
By Sarah Favot | December 12, 2017
Looking for a magnet program? Here’s how parents can use the newly published data on test scores at LAUSD’s magnets
Before LA School Report published a new district database that breaks down state standardized test scores at LA Unified’s magnet programs and schools, parents weren’t able to compare which magnet programs were academically successful and which ones weren’t. Many magnets are a “school within a school,” but the state does not report student scores at...
By Sarah Favot | November 28, 2017
EXCLUSIVE: Here are the high- and low-performing LAUSD magnets
There are high-performing magnet programs in LA Unified, and there are also low-performing ones. Now, for the first time, you can compare them. LA School Report just published a district database that for the first time allows parents to compare how students at all of the district’s magnet schools and programs performed on state tests...
By Sarah Favot | November 27, 2017