LA Unified files for NCLB waiver without teacher evaluation deal

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LA Unified met today’s deadline and filed an application for a No Child Left Behind waiver without one of the key requirements of the U.S. Department of Education — an agreement with the teachers union on a three-level teacher evaluation system.

If approved, the California Office to Reform Education (CORE) Waiver would clear the way for LA Unified to receive $171 million in federal funding.

While the absence of agreement with the union, UTLA, does not automatically disqualify the district or make it ineligible for federal dollars, Rick Miller, Executive Director of CORE, suggested today that the district’s incomplete proposal could jeopardize the district’s application.

“Non-compliance with this commitment, or any other commitment made in the School Quality Improvement plan, puts approval of the Waiver at risk,” he said in a statement.

In fact, Washington will not make final decisions on waivers for several more months, leaving open the possibility that LA Unified and UTLA could reach agreement within that time frame.

The union recognized as much today, issuing a statement late this afternoon saying, “UTLA is in continuing negotiations with the District and we see the CORE Waiver as one of many issues to be addressed in bargaining.”

Teacher evaluations have been part of the current contract negotiations between the district and the union, which are now in the hands of a federal mediator who is not scheduled to meet with the sides again until April 6 and April 15.

UTLA argues that a three-level evaluation system, one that would distinguish a “highly effective” teacher from those who merely meet standards or are below standard, paves the way for merit pay. The union is fighting to keep a two-level system in place.

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Westside group outraged over proposed immersion school

Steve Zimmer

Steve Zimmer

A group of Mar Vista community members and parents is mounting a protest againt LA Unified school board member Steve Zimmer over his support for a Mandarin immersion elementary school slated to be built in their Westside neighborhood.

The $30 million school, currently dubbed the Mandarin and English Dual-Language Immersion Elementary School project, was approved by the LA Unified school board in April 2014 with Zimmer’s support, and an environmental impact report (EIR) on the project entered the public comment phase on March 26.

The school would be located in Zimmer’s District 4 on a few acres of open green space that now exists at Mark Twain Middle School. It would would have 15 classrooms and move students currently from nearby Broadway Elementary School’s Mandarin and English Dual- Language Immersion Program to the new site. The district says that Broadway no longer has space to allow the program to grow.

But the community members and parents have taken to a new website, stopcommuterschool.com, to express their strong opposition to the project.

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LAUSD planning summer school for special ed, struggling students

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LAUSD special ed students (Credit: Galatzan Gazette)

With more than two months remain before the end school year, LA Unified officials are making summer school plans for special education students and students who have failed at least one mandatory class for graduation.

It is the second straight year the district is offering struggling students the opportunity to catch-up on subjects after years of budgetary cuts that practically obliterated summer school.

The credit recovery program is open to all 9 through 12th grade students who have received a D or F grade in an A through G course. From June 15 through July 17 students can attend up to two 2 1/2-hour block classes to learn in five weeks what they should have grasped over a semester.

Special education students will have access to the Extended School Year courses from June 22 to July 17, five days fewer than the credit recovery program.

Teachers were required to submit the names of eligible summer school students through MISIS by March 27, and they’re supposed use the system to determine the courses students need based on the Ds and Fs. It is unclear if the deadline was met by all schools.

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The high cost of the revolving door of teachers

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By Owen Phillips | National Public Radio

Every year, thousands of fresh-faced teachers are handed the keys to a new classroom, given a pat on the back and told, “Good luck!”

Over the next five years, though, nearly half of those teachers will transfer to a new school or leave the profession altogether — only to be replaced with similarly fresh-faced teachers.

We’ve been reporting this month on the pipeline into teaching — and hearing from teachers themselves about why they stay. Richard Ingersoll, who has studied the issue for years, says there’s a revolving door of teacher turnover that costs school districts upwards of $2.2 billion a year.

Richard Ingersoll is a University of Pennsylvania professor who studies teacher turnover and retention. He says the constant teacher churn costs school districts more than $2.2 billion annually.

Ingersoll studies teacher turnover and retention at the University of Pennsylvania.

One of the reasons teachers quit, he says, is that they feel they have no say in decisions that ultimately affect their teaching. In fact, this lack of classroom autonomy is now the biggest source of frustration for math teachers nationally.

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Charter group makes initial spend for Rodriguez LAUSD board seat

Ref Rodriguez

Ref Rodriguez

They’re off… and spending.

Over the last 10 days the California Charter School Association political action committee has resumed pumping in money to help Ref Rodriguez win the District 5 seat on the LA Unified school board in the May 19 runoff.

The group has spent $18,347 on two flier mailings and one phone banking session. It is the first spend in the three board runoff races so far and the start of what is sure to be a high-dollar showdown in District 5, given the hundreds of thousands of dollars the charter group spent to help Rodriguez win the March 3 primary and the hundreds of thousands the LA teachers union, UTLA, spent to help its most trusted ally on the board, Bennett Kayser.

Rodriguez, a charter school operator, is trying to deny Kayser a second term. The winner will represent the interests of a district that includes parts of Bell and Maywood in the south, Los Feliz, Eagle Rock and parts of El Sereno in the north. The winner will also serve an extended 5 1/2 year term since voters passed a city charter amendment to align school board and state elections.

The race for District 5 is considered a potential game changer for so-called education reform advocates who favor charter school expansion, merit pay for teachers and teacher evaluation systems partially based on student test scores. A victory by Rodriguez would shift the balance of the board to a pro-reform majority from what is now, a consistently pro-teachers union majority.

Kayser faced the same challenge four years when he finished second, only to rebound in the general election to win the seat by less than three percentage points.

In the other May runoffs, board president Richard Vladovic is facing teacher Lydia Gutierrez in District 7, and District 3 incumbent Tamar Galatzan is up against retired school administrator Scott Schmerelson.

‘Ed Talk with Dr. Bob Bravo’ explores innovative teaching at LAUSD

ESC South Area Superintendent Robert Bravo (L) conducts his weekly podcast

ESC South Area Superintendent Robert Bravo (L) conducts his weekly podcast

With 154 schools under his supervision, Robert Bravo can never be in as many places as he wants or talk to as many educators as he’d like.

But every Thursday, Bravo reaches hundreds of teachers and principals from around the district, and even some from as far away as Pakistan and Russia, with his weekly podcast, “Ed Talk with Dr. Bob Bravo.”

The podcast is part of Bravo’s weekly ESC South Weekly Planet newsletter and is unique to LA Unified. There is no other podcast or anything like it anywhere else in the district.

“I decided to start the podcast because I can’t have a personal conversation with everybody, but I wanted to have some conversations that maybe would say something about my aspirations for everybody,” Bravo told LA School Report.

A typical podcast features Bravo’s interviewing an LAUSD educator doing some unique or celebrated teaching or an outside expert brought to the district for staff development.

“I do feel like I’m an instructional focused practitioner,” Bravo said. “The term ‘educator’ is a really big umbrella. Within that umbrella some folks tend to be really into budgets, or some of us are into policy, or operations, you know, ‘Is the bus coming on time?” that kind of thing. And I think I tend to focus on instruction itself, the process of teaching and learning. And so I have learned things about my own schools through doing [the podcast].”

In the most recent offering of the podcast, Bravo sat down with Donn Cottom, an English and journalism teacher at South East High School in South Gate, and five of his students. Cottom is also the advisor to the school’s newspaper, the award-winning Jaguar Times, and all five of the students work on the paper.

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Even without evaluation agreement, LAUSD may not lose $171 million

evaluationDespite claims by Superintendent Ramon Cortines that LA Unified could lose $171 million in federal funding without an agreement with the teachers union on a teacher evaluation system, state officials say the money may not be at risk, at all.

For weeks, Cortines has urged UTLA to accept a proposal with a three-level overall teacher evaluation system — one of several conditions of the California Office to Reform Education (CORE) Waiver program, that provides federal funding and allows districts to sidestep No Child Left Behind requirements. A two-level system had been in place through the 2012-2013 school year.

The deadline to submit the new CORE Waiver application is just days away, March 31.

But Hilary McLean, communications director for CORE, says the absence of an agreement on a three-tier system is not a deal breaker. Even without an agreement, “we believe that LAUSD will be in a position to submit an application,” she told LA School Report.

“This is also a somewhat iterative process,” McLean added, explaining that even after the district plans are submitted, “CORE is constantly in communication with the Department of Education so even as we meet certain deadlines on the calendar, we continue sharing information for their review purposes.”

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Teary mother ‘thanks God’ for LAUSD diversion program

Theresa Ponce and her son, Jesse Ramos, speak before the Successful School Climate Committee

Theresa Ponce and her son, Jesse Ramos, speak before the Successful School Climate Committee

The LA Unified School Board’s Successful School Climate Committee got an update on the district’s diversion program, not only with statistics but also with a student who said it had changed his life and his mother, who said she “thanks God” for it.

The program, which has been in effect since the beginning of the school year, is aimed at reducing the number of citations and arrests for low-level offenses, instead referring students to counseling. Aimed at reducing suspensions and expulsions, the diversion program is part of an overall “restorative justice” approach meant to reduce the school-to-prison pipeline.

Bell High School student Jesse Ramos told the committee that a random K-9 search at his school led to the discovery of a marijuana pipe in his backpack. Before this school year, it would have meant an arrest or citation, throwing him into the juvenile justice system. Instead, he was referred to a FamilySource Center that is partnering with LA Unified to provide counseling and resources to students referred to them by the Los Angeles School Police as part of the diversion program.

“My experience, it was a positive experience,” Ramos said. “It was a reality check for me. I had realized that I had done a mistake, and I had to face the consequences of my actions. Working with the FamilySource Center has allowed me to talk about my experience on a weekly basis. We talk about family, drug consequences, school, friendships, staying out of trouble and working toward success, respect and ultimately earning a high school diploma.”

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Divisions remain after UTLA, LAUSD meeting with state mediator

(Photo: UTLA Facebook page)

(Photo: UTLA Facebook page)

A mediator from the state’s labor board met for the first time yesterday with negotiators from LA Unified and the teachers union, UTLA, to move contract negotiations forward. But the result was a gulf between the sides that remains wide as ever.

How wide?

“At this time, the union’s economic demands remain $774 million dollars higher than the District’s offer,” LA Unified’s chief negotiator, Vivian Ekchian, said in a statement.

Also at issue is the fate of $171 million in federal revenue from a California Office to Reform Education (CORE) Waiver, which requires that the two sides agree on a teacher evaluation system by March 31 that includes a minimum of three rankings. Without an agreement with UTLA, the district may be disqualified from receiving the money.

“The funds will be used to pay teachers to provide summer school instruction, after-school tutoring programs and other intervention services to students for the next three years. The union has not yet agreed to this proposal, leaving at-risk these vital school-site services to students,” Ekchian said.

ULTA has not yet issued any pubic statement about yesterday’s meeting and did not respond to a request for comment.

Yesterday’s meeting was the first of three legally mandated sessions with the mediator from the Public Employee Relations Board. The next two are scheduled for April 6 and April 15. They could be extended, and only the mediator can determine that the two sides are unable to reach a resolution.

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Teachers union joins state charter group in endorsing Vladovic

Richard Vladovic

LA Unified school board President Richard Vladovic

The LA teachers union, UTLA, has decided to endorse LA Unified school board President Richard Vladovic in his reelection bid for the District 7 board seat.

While it’s his third run for the seat, it’s the first time the teachers are throwing support his way, making him that rare candidate who has won the endorsements of both UTLA and the California Charter Schools Association.

“I am honored to have the support of teachers in Los Angeles,” Vladovic said on his campaign website. “I will continue to fight to ensure that school employees and students feel empowered so together we can continue to provide a strong education for a better Los Angeles.”

UTLA did not respond to messages seeking comment, leaving open the question of whether the union will spend on Vladovic’s behalf.

The District 7 race is one of three on the May 19 runoff ballot involving the school board. Two other incumbents are defending their seats — Tamar Galatzan in District 3 and Bennett Kayser in District 5. Galatzan won her primary and will face Scott Schmerelson in the runoff, and Kayser advanced by finishing second to Ref Rodriguez.

Vladovic, who has served as president since 2013, moved into the runoff by narrowly defeating Lydia Gutierrez, 42.6 percent to 37.6. He won the endorsement of the charter group but not UTLA.

Given the margin of victory, the union’s support might come in handy in the runoff.

Gutierrez, a former teacher in the Long Beach Unified School District, is a Republican who won nearly 1 million votes statewide last year in challenging Tom Torlakson for State Superintendent for Education. With backing from the charter group in the primary, Vladovic beat her by only 657 votes among 13,086 cast.

Success in his first runs for board came with less uncertainty. In 2007, he won in the general election with 54.2 percent of the vote. Four years later he won reelection with an outright victory in the primary, with 63.1 percent of the vote.

UTLA and the charter group waged a million dollar spending war in this year’s primary, largely focused on District 5, with UTLA supporting Kayser and the charters helping Rodriguez.

The charters also spent to aide Galatzan. After sitting out the primary, UTLA is backing Schmerelson in the runoff.

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California drought spurs LA Unified water conservation efforts

Belmont_FieldAs California considers emergency legislation to solve the drought crisis, LA Unified is working with city and state agencies to reduce water consumption across campuses by ripping out water-sucking grass lawns in place of native plants, swapping outdated toilets for low-flush units and recycling gray water throughout neighboring school communities.

As the largest district in the state, LA Unified consumes annually about 2.5 billion gallons of water — equivalent to the capacity of the Hollywood Reservoir.

“I know that sounds like a lot but you have to remember we’re serving more than 660,000 students everyday,” Christos Chrysiliou, Director of the Architecture and Engineering Services for the district’s Facilities Division, told LA School Report.

“We’ve done a lot of work to bring it down, and we’re doing a lot more,” he said.

Many of the gains the district has made in conserving water over the years are a result of the 2003 school board resolution adopting more environmentally rigorous guidelines for new school construction projects, called Collaborative High Performance Schools or CHPS. All of these developments include a water conservation component.

“As we adopted that, it meant pretty much over 150 of our our new construction projects had to meet those standards, and they are very tough,” Chrysiliou said.

To date, about 80 of the new construction sites have been certified as CHPS campuses and another 40 are waiting to be approved.

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State lawmakers call for deeper regulation of charter schools

Assembly Member Roger Hernandez

Assembly Member Roger Hernandez

Four Democratic California lawmakers joined forces yesterday to promote new bills aimed at creating more stringent regulation of the state’s charter schools.

If passed, the package of bills would bring big changes to the charter schools, including a requirement that they be run as non-profits, that charters be considered government entities and that all of their workers be public employees. One of them would also make it easier for charter school teachers to unionize.

The bills are all backed by the California Federation of Teachers, the California Labor Federation and the California Teachers Association (CTA). Leaders of the unions joined state lawmakers in a press conference to build support for passage.

The two Senate and two House are all meant to increase the accountability and transparency of the charter system, the CTA said in a press release. There are more than 1,100 charter schools in the state, most of them run independently of their school districts. The independents receive public funds but operate differently than traditional public school. Overall, only an estimated 15 percent  of state charter school workers are unionized.

The California Charter Schools Association said the bills are unnecessary.

“All students should have the opportunity to attend a quality public school, and all schools, whether they are charter or traditional schools, should be held to the same high standards. Student success should not depend on what their zip code happens to be,” said CTA President Dean E. Vogel in a statement. “There is a role for charter schools in California’s education system, and that role should be performed to the same high standards of integrity, transparency and openness required of traditional public schools.”

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AALA elects new president; NoHo takes 2nd in CyperPatriot finals

school report buzzThe Associated Administrators of Los Angeles (AALA) elected a new president on March 19, with Juan A. Flecha winning 60.16 percent of the vote. Flecha beat Randall Delling, who received 39.84 percent, according to AALA’s newsletter.

Flecha will take office July 1 and will replace Judy Perez, who is retiring.

“He is currently assigned as Administrator of Operations in ESC North and has previously served as a secondary director/principal leader, high school principal and in other administrative assignments. Juan brings a wealth of experience to his position as AALA President and we are confident he will do a fine job being the voice for nearly 3,000 LAUSD certificated and classified administrators,” AALA’s newsletter said.

North Hollywood CyberPatriots

Team Azure from North Hollywood High fell just short of defending its national championship in the CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Defense Competition finals last week in Washington D.C., placing second.

The CyberPatriot competition is part of the CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Education Program, which was created by the Air Force Association to inspire high school students to pursue careers in c​yber-security. Another team from North Hollywood High and one from Franklin High School were also in D.C. competing among the 12 finalists from around the nation.

All of the teams are  part of the district’s after-school Beyond the Bell Program.

Inspirational teachers

The United Way of Greater Los Angeles last week held its second annual Inspirational Teacher Awards in a ceremony that was attended by LA Unified board members George McKenna and Monica Garcia.

Twenty-five teachers were honored, including Roxana Duenas from Roosevelt High School and Jason Torres-Rangel from UCLA Community School. The honorees were selected from over 150 nominations that were made by teachers, students and principals, according to the United Way. Click here to see photos from the event.

UCLA wins $2.5 million for innovation in teaching

And speaking of the UCLA Community School, UCLA was awarded $2.5 million this week from the state’s Department of Finance for its work to strengthen K-12 education through its UCLA Teaching Schools Initiative and the work of UCLA and its Graduate School of Education and Information Studies.

According to the Imperial Valley News:

The initiative launched six years ago with the opening of the UCLA Community School, a partnership between the UCLA and the Los Angeles Unified School District. UCLA faculty, staff and students work alongside teachers at the school to help ensure students are qualified to apply to a University of California campus. The school is the site of education research, and nurtures the development of new education strategies by UCLA professors and graduate students.

Click here to learn more about the UCLA Community School.

 

Price of LAUSD, teachers union split on evaluations: $171 million

teacher_evaluation_satisfactoryWhile the teachers union and LA Unified are united in spirit that the district should not lose $47 million in state money over faulty attendance record keeping, their disagreement on another issue could cost them nearly four times as much from Washington.

The district has until March 31 to apply for federal waiver that allows LA Unified to replace No Child Left Behind accountability rules with its own school improvement system. It is called the California Office to Reform Education (CORE) Waiver, and it would generate $171 million in federal revenue over three years.

But to win the waiver, the district and UTLA must agree on a teacher evaluation system that includes a minimum of three rankings. That has been a sticking point in contract negotiations over the past seven months. Without an agreement with the union, the district may be in jeopardy of disqualifying itself from receiving the money.

Alex Caputo Pearl, president of UTLA, says the issue is on the agenda tomorrow as part of the first mediated session between the two sides.

“It’s one of the things we’re going to hammer out in mediation,” he told LA School Report.

In 2013, the district implemented a new overall teacher evaluation system that raised performance levels to four from two. The union objected, saying it never agreed to the new terms and argued that the new system created a path to establish merit pay to reward the highest performing teachers. The union took the issue to the labor board, and a PERB judge agreed with UTLA, that the district acted unlawfully, and ordered the two sides to renegotiate the terms.

In anticipation of the looming deadline, Superintendent Ramon Cortines last month sent a letter to UTLA, suggesting that the union and the district work toward an agreement on the single issue. But it never came.

While Caputo-Pearl admitted the waiver would help shrink the district’s estimated $180 million deficit for the 2015-16 school year, he says it comes with strings attached, unlike the money generated by average daily attendance.

“[The CORE money] can only be applied to certain things,” he explained, “whereas the $47 million is General Funds. It can be generally applied to class size, staffing, and other uses. The CORE Waiver money has certain constraints.”

Cortines pushes ahead, restructures LAUSD Educational Service Centers

ISICSuperintendent Ramon Cortines made it official late yesterday, restructuring LA Unified’s Educational Service Centers into geographically based offices, a move that adds two new centers and eliminates the Intensive Support and Innovation Center that worked across the district.

The centers are regional resource offices serving schools and students within their designated boundaries; they facilitate school operations, implement directives from the board at the school level and operate as parent engagement and outreach centers. Each is run by an “Instructional Area Superintendent,” appointed by the superintendent.

Under the reorganization, schools currently in the ISIC will report to the district where they are located. What is now the North ESC will be split into two centers, Northeast and Northwest. The boundaries of the East and South ESCs will also be re-drawn to create a new Central office. The changes go into effect July 1 and require no approval by the school board.

“I have championed local control since my first tenure as Superintendent when I organized LAUSD into local districts,” Cortines said in a letter to district employees late yesterday. “I am now taking the next step toward community empowerment by organizing LAUSD into six regions that are geographically based.”

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CCSA says report on charter school fraud ‘simply inaccurate’

California Charter Schools AssociationThe California Charter School Association (CCSA) is calling “simply inaccurate” a report released yesterday that said state charter schools require more financial oversight.

The report from the Center for Popular DemocracyAlliance of Californians for Community Empowerment and Public Advocates estimated the state would lose $100 million this year from fraud, waste and mismanagement at charter schools and called for a number of changes, including regular state audits of every charter school.

In a statement released on its website, the CCSA said, “While we don’t presume to understand the motives behind this report, we do know that California is a state where the charter school sector, authorizers and legislators have come together to put into place real solutions. It is unfortunate that we continue to have similar distractions for a sector that the report itself suggests is demonstrating to be responsible users of precious public funds in addition to serving a half a million public school students well.”

The CCSA was particularly critical of the amount the report attributed to fraud, waste and mismanagement, saying, “The report’s estimate of charter fraud by simply applying a 5% assumption of fraud based on some ‘global assumptions’ without any specific analysis, simply calls the whole report into question.”

In response to the call for more financial oversight of charters, the CCSA said the report “does not do justice to the system already in place and that is actually more rigorous for charter schools” than other education agencies, in the state, including school districts.

The report pointed to several examples of past documented fraud or waste at some charter schools, but the CCSA said the examples cited were old and out of date.

“The majority of the examples cited in this report are old, from schools that have since closed, and reflect old laws that were updated to provide even greater protection,” the statement said.

Click here to read the full statement from CCSA.

 

LA Unified developing list of teachers at rallies to dock their pay

Teachers at  Dr. Owen Lloyd Knox Elementary School boycott a faulty meeting. (Credit: Twitter user @00dreday00)

Teachers at Knox Elementary School boycott a faulty meeting. (Credit: Twitter user @00dreday00 )

LA Unified officials today began a process of determining which teachers skipped a faculty meeting yesterday to participate in school-site rallies.

Tom Waldman, a district spokesman, said efforts are underway to learn from each school tha names of teachers and other staff who chose a rally over a meeting — a violation of the law, in the view of Superintendent Ramon Cortines. UTLA officials dismissed the warning as saber-rattling, insisting that attending the rallies violated no laws.

Waldman said is was still unclear how the district could collect a list of names — whether it would require calls to individual schools or reports from principals.

But any district employee who attended a rally would lose the equivalent of one hour of pay, he said.