STEM school vote highlights LAUSD divisions as resolution against a state-run school fails
A controversial resolution condemning a legislative proposal to start a STEM school in Los Angeles that would be outside LA Unified’s control failed after a heated debate Tuesday. The first school board meeting of the new year was supposed to display board President Ref Rodriguez’s “Kid’s First” agenda. A new help desk was set up to...
By Mike Szymanski | August 22, 2017 11:03 pm
‘Kids First’ Help Desk launches at first LAUSD school board meeting of new school year
When parents show up at Tuesday’s school board meeting to complain or gripe or advocate for their child, they will be greeted by something new: a “Kids First” Help Desk. As part of his newly passed resolution to put kids first at LA Unified, school board President Ref Rodriguez said that people who used to...
By Mike Szymanski | August 21, 2017 3:00 pm
Gonez introduces ambitious resolution to ensure LAUSD students succeed in college and careers
New school board member Kelly Gonez is introducing an ambitious resolution that calls for making detailed data available to the public to ensure students are supported and able to complete college and “access a rewarding career.” With this resolution, called “Creating Pathways to Lifelong Success for Our Students,” Gonez is fulfilling a key campaign promise to...
By Mike Szymanski | August 18, 2017 4:40 pm
Back to school, ALL together now: For the first time in 36 years, all LAUSD district schools will start on the same date
For the first time in 36 years, all LA Unified district students are starting school at the same time, now that the last school — Bell Senior High School — has ended its multi-track schedule. In 1981, Bell and nearly 80 percent of the district’s schools went on a year-round schedule to alleviate overcrowding. Even though...
By Mike Szymanski | August 1, 2017 3:28 pm
Student activists fear that LA Unified’s vegan pilot program may just wither away
(Click on photo to play video of the school board meeting.) It was one of the most uncomfortably dramatic moments at any LA Unified School Board meeting in recent memory — maybe the oddest of any in the country this year. Flanked by her friends, 15-year-old Lila Copeland stood in silence for a minute and a...
By Mike Szymanski | July 20, 2017 1:40 pm
Austin Beutner explains the purpose of the LA Unified Advisory Task Force, and 7 other things you should know about how it will help kids
*UPDATED Philanthropist and former LA Times publisher Austin Beutner said he doesn’t see the new task force he is co-leading as a body that has any intention of usurping the new LA Unified School Board, or telling the superintendent what to do. “We are here to support Michelle King, and offer suggestions,” Beutner said in...
By Mike Szymanski | July 19, 2017 7:08 pm