Morning Read: Governor vetoes bills to help low-income and undocumented students
Brown vetoes half-dozen K-12 bills, citing budget pressure Citing the danger of adding costs at a time of financial uncertainty, Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a half-dozen K-12 education-related bills Wednesday, including one that would have required screening all low-income children receiving Medi-Cal services for the potential effects of traumatic experiences. He also rejected a bill...
By LA School Report | September 30, 2016
Morning Read: El Camino teachers split over school leadership amid credit-card spending controversy
El Camino Real teachers divided over credit-card spending controversy More than 50 teachers and parents protested outside El Camino Real Charter High School before classes Wednesday, demanding top administrators be held accountable for a credit-card spending controversy in an effort to “save our charter” while nearly two dozen other staff members gathered to express their...
By LA School Report | September 29, 2016
Morning Read: Governor signs bill that will expand access to computer science, starting in kindergarten
Gov. Brown signs law to plan expansion of computer science education Gov. Jerry Brown Jr. on Tuesday signed into law a bill that begins a three-year planning process to expand computer science education for all grades in California’s public schools, beginning in kindergarten. Authored by Assemblymember Susan Bonilla, D-Concord, the bill, Assembly Bill 2329, requires State Superintendent of...
By LA School Report | September 28, 2016
Morning Read: Under pressure from LAUSD, El Camino charter school makes policy changes
Trying to get right with LA Unified, El Camino charter school hands down discipline, policy changes The board of El Camino Real Charter High School has disciplined at least one employee and enacted a long list of changes to its financial policies amid questions from LA Unified officials about “seemingly exorbitant, personal and … improper” transactions made...
By LA School Report | September 27, 2016
Morning Read: Q&A with Marcia Reed, California’s National Distinguished Principal
California’s National Distinguished Principal Marcia Reed of LAUSD talks about her school’s successes Marcia Reed, principal of 186th Street Elementary School in Los Angeles Unified, was honored this month as a 2016 National Distinguished Principal by the National Association of Elementary School Principals. The association recognizes one outstanding principal in each of the 50 states...
By LA School Report | September 26, 2016
Morning Read: What happened to the students when City High closed?
When your charter school closes 3 weeks into the year, where do you go? In West LA, you have options The students were heartbroken, some parents suspected the worst. When the City High School board decided last week to close its independent charter school after 13 months, it left the 120 students scrambling to find...
By LA School Report | September 23, 2016
Morning Read: State releases foster youth test scores for first time, and they’re not good
For the first time, California releases test scores for foster youth California education officials have separated out the standardized test scores of the state’s foster youth — and advocates now have sobering proof of what they long suspected: These students are learning far less than their peers. In 2014-15, the first year scores of the new, harder...
By LA School Report | September 22, 2016
Morning Read: New agreement will allow LAUSD students to take community college classes at their high schools
LA Unified paves the way for 15,000 students to take community college classes during their high school day It will be easier for L.A. students to take community college classes for free — while sitting in their high school classrooms. The Los Angeles Unified School District board approved an agreement Tuesday with the Los Angeles Community College...
By LA School Report | September 21, 2016
Morning Read: LAUSD board to consider later start for school year
Heat is on L.A. school board over later start for classes On Tuesday, school board members will work through what, if anything, to do about the Los Angeles Unified School District calendar when they debate whether to change when school is in session, moving the academic year away from the intense heat of August to...
By LA School Report | September 20, 2016
Morning Read: Gov. Brown faces decision over charter school accountability bill
Charter school bill calls for accountability A coalition of state leaders and community groups in California is pushing Gov. Jerry Brown to sign legislation that would step up charter school accountability and financial transparency. Assembly Bill 709, sponsored by Assemblyman Mike Gipson, D-Carson, would require charter schools to more closely report how they spend taxpayer...
By LA School Report | September 19, 2016