Alliance charter network cleared of six more teacher union complaints but found in violation of one for not responding to a letter
A judge has dismissed more complaints lodged by the local teachers union against Los Angeles’ largest charter school network. In a ruling Tuesday that covered seven allegations that Alliance College-Ready Public Schools was unlawfully preventing United Teachers Los Angeles’ efforts to organize, six were dismissed. The administrative law judge with the Public Employee Relations Board...
By Sarah Favot | June 29, 2017 4:20 pm
LAUSD loses ground in its fight against chronic absenteeism, but foster youth attendance is up
Despite a concerted effort to increase student attendance, the number of LA Unified students who missed 16 or more days of school in 2015-16 grew by 1 percent from the previous year, this month’s budget documents show. The increase in the number of students who were chronically absent cost the district $45 million in state...
By Sarah Favot | June 28, 2017 4:31 pm
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