LAUSD moving slowly on older school earthquake retrofits
With last weekend’s 6.0 earthquake in Napa County as the latest reminder of the need for earthquake preparedness, LA Unified is progressing slowly in retrofitting school buildings deemed vulnerable. In accordance with a state law known as AB 300, the district in 2006 conducted a seismic evaluation and identified 667 buildings constructed before 1976 that required possible...
By Yana Gracile | August 28, 2014
LAUSD charters extending lead in academic performance
*UPDATED A new report by the California Charter Schools Association shows a growing gap between the overall school performance of traditional schools and charter schools in LA Unified. The report — Portrait of the Movement — says LA Unified charter schools, on average, produce stronger test results than traditional schools in the district. The data...
By Yana Gracile | August 27, 2014
Computer problems spur a student walkout at Jefferson High
Continuing problems with LAUSD’s new MiSiS computer system prompted nearly 250 Jefferson High School students to walk out of class today in protest over scheduling conflicts. The students, mostly juniors and seniors, said their schedules were wrong and they have not been assigned the honor or AP classes they need for their college portfolio. They...
By Yana Gracile | August 25, 2014
LA Unified computer problems hampering special ed teachers
Two weeks into the new school year, LA Unified administrators are still working out bugs in a new computer system, a disruption that has made instruction particularly difficult for special education teachers, who need specific information for each of their students.. The new MiSiS — My Integrated Student Information System — is designed to track...
By Yana Gracile | August 19, 2014
LAUSD announcing new strategies for student discipline
A major shift is underway across LA Unified in how schools and administrators approach student disciplinary issues. LAUSD officials and LA School Police Chief Steve Zipperman are planning to announce new district-wide protocols tomorrow that will define and limit the role of police on campus, incorporating new student protections and providing opportunities for students to...
By Yana Gracile | August 18, 2014
Kayser, FixLA campaign for funds for more crossing guards
As the new school year gets underway, so does a campaign to increase student safety at LA Unified elementary schools. District officials, including board member Bennett Kayser, and members of the FixLA coalition gathered at City Hall this week to express their concern over a shortage of crossing guards at more than 100 LA Unified...
By Yana Gracile | August 14, 2014
Deasy, LAUSD board members to welcome back students
* UPDATED As LA Unified students begin their first day of school tomorrow, district officials will be out in force, welcoming them. Superintendent John Deasy has a full schedule over two days, with plans to greet principals and to tour schools that are under construction. Planning to visit nearly a dozen campuses tomorrow and Wednesday,...
By Yana Gracile | August 11, 2014
After early surge, LAUSD autonomy school growth slowing
After a strong start in the number of autonomy model schools over the last two years, the pace of growth has slowed. For the school year opening next week, LA Unified is adding only a handful of Pilot, Local Initiative Schools (LIS), and Expanded School-Based Model Management (ESBMM) schools. LA Unified and the teachers union,...
By Yana Gracile | August 5, 2014
Attack mailers for Johnson draw ire of two important backers
Recent campaign material supporting Alex Johnson that questions the record of his opponent in the LA Unified District 1 school board race, George McKenna, are rattling two of Johnson’s high profile supporters, U.S. Congresswoman Janice Hahn and former Congresswoman Diane Watson. “I do not support the negativity that has come out,” Watson told LA School Report. “I never have...
By Yana Gracile | July 30, 2014
Freedom Schools strengthen, empower LA Unified students
Every morning for the last six weeks, Dorsey High School senior Christian Moton has been taking part in a highly charged and energetic morning ceremony when he sings, chants and cheers. “They host Harambee here. Harambee really brings out people’s spirit,” Moton told LA School Report. The daily Harambee, which means “all pull together” in...
By Yana Gracile | July 23, 2014