100,000 LAUSD students have no representative. Here are 5 things to know about Board District 5, vacated by Ref Rodriguez’s resignation
Nearly 100,000 Los Angeles students are heading back to school without an elected representative because of the empty LA Unified school board seat in District 5. The District 5 seat — one of seven in the district, each with its own elected board member — was held by Ref Rodríguez, who pleaded guilty to money-laundering...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | August 6, 2018
As LAUSD faces possible teachers strike, new superintendent says, ‘We need parents in that room with us, making more informed, better choices’
This interview was first published by Speak UP. On the brink of what could potentially be the first LAUSD teachers strike since 1989, Speak UP sat down with LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner to discuss labor talks, parent power and how to solve the district’s financial crisis while putting the needs of kids first. The following...
By LA School Report | August 6, 2018
Antonucci: Bet the ranch — UTLA will strike in October
Mike Antonucci’s Union Report appears weekly at LA School Report. *UPDATED Aug. 1: Kyle Stokes of KPCC reports that UTLA will hold a strike authorization vote Aug. 23-30. UTLA President Alex Caputo-Pearl stated he wants an agreement with LAUSD but claims the district’s fiscal projections are consistently “off to the tune of a billion dollars.” The members of United...
By Mike Antonucci | July 31, 2018
A new guide lays a foundation to bring culturally relevant education to Native Americans through charter schools — and new federal funding may help
Native American students’ unique needs for too long have been poorly served, but culturally relevant charter schools could help change that. And the federal government is poised to fund their expansion. A new handbook on how to open and sustain charter schools for these students shows how charters can work with Native communities to make...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | July 30, 2018
More than half of California’s high school grads still don’t meet minimum requirements for the state’s own public universities
*Updated July 27 Fewer than half of California’s high school graduates last year met the minimum requirements for the state’s public universities, according to data released Thursday by the state Department of Education. That’s despite what the department calls a “significant upward trend” in graduation rates this decade. But that upward trend ended with Thursday’s...
By Mario Koran | July 26, 2018
Education is a critical area for Latino voters to exert influence as immigration furor fuels newfound political activism, experts say
As immigration issues drive more Latinos into political activism, education is a ripe opportunity for Latino parents to wield considerable influence. A panel of education experts at a national convention last weekend in Miami agreed that Latino parents have catapulted this year from being mostly silent on political issues to becoming a significant voice in...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | July 25, 2018