Easy money for LA schools: Get every kid to class one more day a year and generate $30 million
*UPDATED It’s a daunting task to try to figure out how LA Unified can save money, but an advisory group came up with a surprising statistic: If the district can get every student in the district to come to school at least one more day, then it will be ahead by $30 million because of...
By Mike Szymanski | December 8, 2017 3:02 pm
Los Angeles schools could lose tens of millions of dollars for fire-related closures — but state will likely cover the bill
*UPDATED — Schools to reopen Monday, plus lunch and support sites available on Friday and Saturday. More than one-third of LA Unified schools closed this week because of raging fires in the San Fernando Valley and the Sepulveda Pass. No students in all those seats could mean a loss of tens of millions of dollars...
By Mike Szymanski | December 7, 2017 3:13 pm
LAUSD agrees to more consistency when tacking on additional requirements to charter renewals
LA Unified’s charter division agreed this week to be more consistent when making additional requirements of independent charter schools during their renewal process. School board vice president Nick Melvoin requested the change at Tuesday’s board meeting because he said the added requirements, known as benchmarks, were being applied unfairly to some schools that were showing...
By Mike Szymanski | December 7, 2017 3:02 pm
‘No excuses’ — Parents need school report cards they can actually read, new study says
All states in the country are required to issue education report cards about students’ performance in public schools. The problem is, parents have a hard time finding and reading them — and in many cases, they’re not even available in a language they understand, a new report finds. “Getting people the data they need is essential...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | December 6, 2017 9:58 am
How education could shape the governor’s race in California: funding, accountability, charter schools
One lens into California’s size is its public education system. Six million children under the age of 18 attend public schools — including 600,000 in charter schools — while nearly 3 million students are enrolled in the state’s storied higher education system, which is still struggling to recover from decades of underfunding. The largest teachers union...
By David Cantor | December 4, 2017 6:03 pm
Vegan lunches could be coming to every LAUSD school next year
Carolina Sagrero, 16, is neither vegan nor vegetarian, but she sure likes the new vegan chili that’s joined the Roosevelt High School lunch menu this year. “Everyone loves the vegan chili,” said Sagrero, a junior on the volleyball team. “It got me thinking about my diet, and so I’ve tried more of the vegan options....
By Mike Szymanski | December 3, 2017 7:15 pm