State audit finds Alliance did not use public funds to fight UTLA unionizing efforts
*UPDATED A state audit released Thursday found that Alliance College-Ready Public Schools did not divert public funds intended for students on a nearly $1 million campaign to counter efforts by United Teachers Los Angeles to unionize its more than 600 teachers and counselors. The attempt to unionize the city’s largest charter management organization began more...
By Sarah Favot | April 13, 2017 3:03 pm
Great Public Schools Now announces $1.5 million in grants to expand 2 South LA schools
Great Public Schools Now will give $1.5 million in grants to LA Unified to expand enrollment at a magnet high school and a pilot high school, both in South Los Angeles, adding 1,000 new seats in three years, the nonprofit organization announced Thursday. The intent of the grants is to replicate high-performing LA Unified schools...
By Sarah Favot | April 13, 2017 7:10 am
LAUSD’s graduation rate increases to 77 percent, closing in on state average
The state released its graduation rates Tuesday, pushing LA Unified’s Class of 2016 rate up to 77 percent, a 2 percentage point increase from the district’s preliminary projection in August and its biggest jump in seven years. The difference comes from how students are counted, as the state has better tracking information. The California Department...
By Sarah Favot | April 11, 2017 6:01 pm
Exclusive: New district data on student grades show more than half of LAUSD’s 2016 graduates were not eligible for California’s public universities
While LA Unified continues to drive toward higher and higher graduation rates, district data provided to LA School Report show that more than half of last year’s graduates were not eligible for admission into California’s public universities. Of the Class of 2016’s 26,806 graduates, 47 percent received a C or better in all of their...
By Sarah Favot | April 6, 2017 2:18 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
Exclusive: Charter school gives up the fight and will close after years of battling LAUSD for classroom space
A charter school that was repeatedly denied classroom space in its neighborhood by LA Unified is giving up the fight and will close in June. Westchester Secondary Charter School has operated in three sites during its four years and has never been granted district space in the west side community where its founding families and...
By Sarah Favot | April 5, 2017 7:23 pm
Imelda Padilla scores endorsements from two former competitors in LAUSD school board bid
Imelda Padilla has secured endorsements from two former competitors in her bid for the LA Unified seat representing the east San Fernando Valley. Araz Parseghian, who came in fourth out of six contenders in the March 7 primary, announced on social media Saturday he is supporting Padilla. Padilla said Monday that she also has the...
By Sarah Favot | April 3, 2017 5:16 pm
Assemblyman Tony Thurmond enters state superintendent race by vowing to fight Trump, DeVos
State Assemblyman Tony Thurmond on Monday announced he will run for state superintendent of public instruction in 2018, setting up a fight between Northern and Southern California as well as a union vs. reform battle. Thurmond vowed to fight the agenda of President Donald Trump and U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and to secure more funding...
By Sarah Favot | April 3, 2017 4:14 pm
New coalition will advocate for LAUSD’s unified enrollment system to include charter schools
LA Unified is preparing its first-ever unified enrollment system, but signs that it’s already running off the tracks have spurred an influential group of advocates to band together to make sure the final product is equitable and accessible to all. The biggest obstacle to success they cite is leaving out charter schools, which already educate...
By Sarah Favot | March 30, 2017 4:55 pm
LAUSD Valley seat gets the heat: Early campaign spending in runoff shifts from west side to Valley
Early campaign spending in the LA Unified school board runoff election has shifted to the open seat in the San Fernando Valley from the west side race, which dominated the primary election. Three weeks into the May 16 runoff contest, outside groups have spent nearly five times as much on the District 6 race compared...
By Sarah Favot | March 29, 2017 2:51 pm
Final election results show voter turnout in LA races was 21 percent
The final votes in the March 7 primary election have been tallied and the results show about 21 percent of the city’s eligible voters cast ballots, LA County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk Dean Logan said Tuesday. Turnout countywide was 17 percent. Only one of the three seats up for election on the LA Unified school board was...
By Sarah Favot | March 21, 2017 2:18 pm