LAUSD approves expensive health benefits contract but vows to be tougher in negotiations going forward
*Updated Feb. 15 Despite parents’ pleas to deal now with a coming deficit that could require huge cuts, a narrow majority of LA Unified’s school board on Tuesday approved a new contract that commits the district to paying for its employees’ generous health benefits at current levels for the next three years. The contract passed 4-2, with...
By Mike Szymanski | February 14, 2018 5:01 pm
Exclusive: Adam Anderson, a third-way candidate for California’s superintendent of instruction, on why he pulled out of the race
Adam Anderson, a third-way candidate for California’s state superintendent of instruction, has pulled out of the race. Anderson, 36, was educated in California public schools through college. He spent six years in Chicago and directed strategy and policy at Chicago Public Schools before returning to California in 2014 to lead strategy and operations at EducationSuperHighway,...
By LA School Report | February 14, 2018 4:29 pm
Even as UTLA looks to bolster declining union membership with push into charters, one school’s teachers voted to decertify after just two years
As the Los Angeles teachers union continues to try to organize educators at the city’s largest charter school network, teachers at one of the few independent charter schools that joined the union voted to leave it after less than two years because union officials were pushing their own agenda, according to interviews and documents reviewed...
By LA School Report | February 12, 2018 1:26 pm
More families are applying for LAUSD’s choice programs, but some are frustrated with new unified enrollment system
A record number of parents this year are trying to get into LA Unified’s magnet and dual-language programs, and for the first time, they were able to use a new unified enrollment system that simplifies the application process. District officials said most parents who used the online system gave positive feedback. But some parents encountered errors...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | February 12, 2018 7:36 am
Shirley Ford, passionate Los Angeles education advocate and co-founder of Parent Revolution, dies
Shirley Ford, 69, a Los Angeles mother who helped pass California’s landmark “parent trigger” legislation and made an indelible mark in the national movement for high-quality schools for underserved communities, died Sunday after battling cancer, eliciting an outpouring of tributes in California and throughout the country. Ford’s dogged search for good schools for her two...
By LA School Report | February 11, 2018 7:43 pm
12,000 kids will leave LAUSD this year: Los Angeles school board weighs options for how to fill looming financial hole
As LA Unified continues to lose 12,000 students every year, administrators will be notified of expected job losses, restrictions could be made on how to spend one-time funds coming from the state, and labor partners will be called on to be part of the solution. Next year’s projected enrollment decline was reported Tuesday by Chief Financial...
By Mike Szymanski | February 7, 2018 8:37 am