EXCLUSIVE: For the first time, parents can now compare student achievement at all LAUSD magnets
For the first time, parents can now compare standardized test results at all of LA Unified’s highly sought-after magnet programs. Because many magnets are a “school within a school” — called magnet centers — students’ academic achievement is not reported by the state separately from the traditional school campus where the magnet centers are located....
By Sarah Favot | November 27, 2017
LA education leaders unite to tell Sacramento: California’s public education is woefully underfunded and the problem isn’t fixed
The city’s education community sent a clear message Tuesday from downtown Los Angeles to legislators in Sacramento: the governor’s funding formula has not “fixed” the state’s woefully underfunded public education system. The LA Unified school board unanimously approved a resolution to spend resources to advocate in Sacramento to double education funding by 2020 to $20,000...
By Sarah Favot | November 14, 2017
LAUSD is poised to join a big push to get more per-pupil money from the state. But where is California ranked, really?
We’re No. 46! No, we’re 41! Or is it 37? How California ranks on per-pupil spending is a numbers game that most everyone believes the state is losing compared to the rest of the country. LA Unified school board members will decide on Tuesday if they will join the local teachers union in a call...
By Sarah Favot | November 13, 2017
LA charter schools win policy changes that give them more clarity, avoid most denials
LA Unified officials and school board members put politics aside Tuesday, agreeing to long-sought policy changes for charter schools and paving the way for unanimous board votes that ended up saving about a dozen independent charter schools from denials. The changes to the rules that govern charter schools and who can make those changes will...
By Sarah Favot | November 7, 2017
Most charters facing LAUSD denials on Tuesday are outperforming their peers
Students at the majority of the charter schools that could be turned down Tuesday by LA Unified’s school board are performing academically above their peers in nearby schools. But that’s not what Tuesday’s debate will likely be about. State law says that student academic achievement is the most important factor in determining whether charter school...
By Sarah Favot | November 6, 2017
LAUSD backs off proposal to cut health care and is now set to guarantee benefits at current levels for three more years
*UPDATED Despite having laid out options to save money on health care, LA Unified has “rolled over” and agreed to continue funding its generous benefits for district employees, retirees, and their dependents at current levels for the next three years. The district’s proposal was given late last week to union negotiators. The unions will respond to...
By Sarah Favot | November 1, 2017