LAUSD Superintendent Michelle King will remain on medical leave until after the new year
LA Unified Superintendent Michelle King will remain on medical leave until after the new year, she told employees Tuesday. King, who has been away from the district since last month, has appointed Vivian Ekchian as acting superintendent in her absence. Previously, it was unclear when she would return. King sent a letter to employees Tuesday updating them...
By Sarah Favot and Mike Szymanski | October 24, 2017
‘A breakdown of the partnership’: LAUSD board denies high-performing charter school’s renewal
The LA Unified school board on Tuesday unanimously denied a renewal petition for a high-performing charter school, citing a breakdown of communication between the school and the district’s Charter Schools Division. Officials from Lashon Academy had tried to negotiate with the district around its special education policies, but the district said the charter school’s petition...
By Sarah Favot and Mike Szymanski | October 3, 2017
JUST IN: Ref Rodriguez resigns as LAUSD school board president after felony charges
Ref Rodriguez announced Tuesday he has resigned from his position as LA Unified school board president after the district attorney charged him last week with three felonies related to an alleged money laundering scheme in his bid for the school board. Rodriguez posted a statement on his Twitter and Facebook pages at the beginning of a...
By Sarah Favot and Mike Szymanski | September 19, 2017
Stepping up the fight: Los Angeles’ teachers union in the aftermath of its major election defeat
*UPDATED The teachers union in Los Angeles — one of the largest local teachers unions in the nation — suffered a huge loss in last week’s school board election, but observers say it will only cause union leadership to fight harder. Ultimately, that could mean United Teachers Los Angeles will bolster efforts to unionize charter...
By Sarah Favot and Mike Szymanski | May 24, 2017
Here’s what’s really fueling the nation’s most expensive school board race ever
Los Angeles is days away from the finish line in the most expensive school board race in U.S. history. So it’s all about money. But what money, exactly? The $11.4 million in campaign spending? The $1.6 billion projected deficit for LA Unified? The nearly $1 billion in state funding that has left the district, as...
By Sarah Favot and Mike Szymanski | May 10, 2017
Negative ad spending reaches all-time high in school board race, and candidates don’t like it
*UPDATED Negative campaigning has reached an all-time high as the nation’s most-watched school board race enters its final month. And all four LA Unified board candidates don’t like what’s being said in their name. The independent organizations including unions and charter groups that are campaigning for — and against — them have no involvement with the...
By Sarah Favot and Mike Szymanski | April 20, 2017
Zimmer’s campaign contributions fall flat, as board president says he’s too busy with LAUSD work to campaign
Steve Zimmer, the LA Unified school board president who is in a heated re-election battle, has barely raised any money ahead of next month’s runoff and says he is too busy to campaign for the seat he’s held for eight years. Zimmer’s opponent, Nick Melvoin, has raised nearly 10 times as much as Zimmer since...
By Sarah Favot and Mike Szymanski | April 9, 2017