LA leads nation with most new National Board Certified teachers. So move them to low-performing schools, school board member says
More new teachers in LA Unified are certified by a national teacher accreditation program than any other district in the nation, and it costs the district $12.6 million annually in salary boosts. But, if they’re so good, those highly trained teachers need to be used better in the academically struggling school district and moved to...
By Mike Szymanski | May 25, 2017 8:33 am
LAUSD All-Star Hero: Principal in San Pedro revives collapsed parent
Monday was supposed to be an easy day. State tests were over, the school year was winding down, and Taper Avenue Elementary School was heading for a long weekend. But as Principal Steven Skrumbis and his instructional director, Gina Ellis, finished their rounds touring the school just after lunch and headed back to the office, they...
By Mike Szymanski | May 24, 2017 9:31 am
Trump ed budget fleshes out choice proposal, justifies deep cuts
The Trump administration’s full 2018 budget proposal lays out more details on huge new school choice programs, including a $250 million voucher program, even as the administration justifies $9 billion in cuts to the department overall. The budget makes a “historic investment in America’s students,” Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said in a statement. “By refocusing...
By Carolyn Phenicie | May 24, 2017 8:27 am
Charter schools receive $5,721 less per student than district schools, new research finds
From Camden, New Jersey, to Los Angeles, funding for charter schools continues to lag behind that of traditional public schools in many cities by an average of $5,721 per student, according to a new report from researchers at the University of Arkansas. The university’s Department of Education Reform on Wednesday released “Charter School Funding: Inequity...
By Naomi Nix | May 12, 2017 10:45 am
Black Girls 6 Times as Likely to Be Suspended as Whites. ‘Let Her Learn’ Looks to Reverse the Trend
High School Sophomore Wins Google Contest — and $30,000 Scholarship — With Diversity Doodle
The Political Parallels and Contradictions of the School Choice, Food Choice — Er, Food Stamps — Debate
Two Celerity charter schools lose final state appeal, will close this summer
Two charter schools under federal investigation were denied their last chance to appeal their charter petition by the California State Board of Education on Thursday, meaning they will close after the current school year. The unanimous vote against the two schools marks the end of a frustrating battle that escalated when the school petitions were initially rejected...
By Mike Szymanski | May 12, 2017 9:48 am
LAUSD serves up a taste of vegan menu options after a healthy debate
Always with an appetite for dishing up something new for school meals, LA Unified’s school board unanimously approved a pilot program to test vegan options on their school menus. At least one school in each of the seven regional districts will get their first taste of a non-animal-based school lunch, and the program is being prepared...
By Mike Szymanski | May 11, 2017 4:43 pm