Morning Read: Duel between California, Obama administration over education continues
Science instruction is changing in California and 17 other states In an unexpected response two weeks ago, the U.S. Department of Education rejected California’s application for a federal waiver from having to administer the California Standards Tests in science, a multiple choice test based on outdated science standards adopted nearly two decades ago. What makes...
By LA School Report | October 14, 2016
Morning Read: NYT editorial board calls NAACP anti-charter resolution ‘ill-advised’
A misguided attack on charter schools The N.A.A.C.P., the nation’s oldest civil rights organization, has struggled in recent years to win over younger African-Americans, who often see the group as out of touch. The N.A.A.C.P.’s board will reinforce that impression if it ratifies an ill-advised resolution — scheduled for a vote this weekend — that...
By LA School Report | October 13, 2016
Morning Read: 3 Magnolia charter schools could be shut down over use of teachers from Turkey
Magnolia charters face closure over past use of teachers from Turkey Three Los Angeles charter schools could be shut down, largely because of their practice of bringing in teachers from Turkey, The Times has learned. The schools are part of a group of 10 campuses operated by locally based Magnolia Public Schools, which has relied heavily on using temporary work...
By LA School Report | October 12, 2016
Morning Read: How Great Public Schools Now came to donate to LAUSD schools
Why an organization once seen as LA Unified’s biggest threat now plans to give money to LAUSD schools In late January, a mere three weeks into her tenure as Los Angeles Unified School District’s superintendent, Michelle King welcomed two surprising guests into her office: representatives of the nonprofit group that sprouted from the controversial “Great...
By LA School Report | October 11, 2016
Morning Read: LAUSD says it will pay lifetime benefits to El Camino teachers
L.A. Unified backs down and agrees to provide lifetime benefits to charter school teachers The Los Angeles school district and a well-known charter school have quietly resolved a conflict in a way that will help a group of employees but deepen the district’s long-term budget deficit. L.A. Unified has agreed to pay lifetime health benefits...
By LA School Report | October 10, 2016
Morning Read: Local parents fear clown pranks and have called LA schools, which have not reported any incidents
Clown hoax brings warnings from authorities The national craze of clowns scaring school-aged children has caused concern for local parents. LA Unified School Police Chief Steven Zipperman said that several district schools “have fielded calls from concerned parents regarding social media reports of individuals with a clown persona committing potential acts of violence.” There is...
By LA School Report | October 7, 2016
Morning Read: El Camino charter school’s principal to take pay cut, business chief to leave
LA charter school parts ways with business chief, cuts principal’s salary The governing board of El Camino Real Charter High School announced Wednesday night that Marshall Mayotte will no longer be the school’s chief business officer by the end of December and that Executive Director David Fehte is taking a cut in both salary and...
By LA School Report | October 6, 2016
Morning Read: El Camino charter school denies request to release spending report
LA charter school refuses to release spending report Embattled El Camino Real Charter High School has formally denied requests to release an investigative report by an outside firm into administrator spending and reimbursement policies. The governing board of the Woodland Hills charter school commissioned the independent probe after the Los Angeles Unified School District warned the...
By LA School Report | October 5, 2016
Morning Read: Access to ethnic studies, gender-neutral bathrooms among new laws affecting schools
Gender-neutral bathrooms and access to ethnic studies classes are two of the new laws affecting California schools A gender-neutral bathroom law, Assembly Bill 1732, was one of many measures with an effect on education that Gov. Jerry Brown signed during the legislative session that ended Friday. Starting next March, any one-toilet bathroom in a California...
By LA School Report | October 4, 2016
Morning Read: Despite teacher shortage, state’s largest districts fill nearly all job openings
California’s largest school districts use aggressive tactics to find teachers Against the backdrop of a widely reported teacher shortage, most of California’s 25 largest school districts were able to fill nearly all their job openings for fully credentialed teachers by the time school started this year, according to an EdSource survey. Eight of the state’s...
By LA School Report | October 3, 2016