With all eyes on Janus, a similar case in California meets quiet defeat — for now
*Updated June 14 While the nation is anxiously watching for a decision on Janus v. AFSCME, a case before the U.S. Supreme Court that could determine whether government unions can continue to charge non-members a fee for representing them, a federal appeals court in California tossed out a case Monday that could have had even...
By Mario Koran | June 11, 2018
LAUSD board to vote on tougher graduation requirements, ways to improve lowest-performing schools
As LA Unified school board members press ahead with how to improve the district’s lowest-performing schools, a vote is scheduled for Tuesday on a resolution with higher student achievement and graduation goals as well as ways to strengthen individual schools. Growing frustration by parents who have children in the bottom tier of LA schools led...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | June 11, 2018
With education sidelined in a Newsom-Cox governor’s race, focus on California’s schools shifts to battle for state superintendent
With the school reform-minded candidate knocked out of the race for California governor, and two remaining candidates on separate sides of the aisle, hot-button issues like immigration are likely to overshadow education in the months leading up to November’s general election. Now, the focus and energy around education will likely shift to the nonpartisan race...
By Mario Koran | June 8, 2018
California primary results: Newsom and Cox advance to November’s gubernatorial race; Tuck leads Thurmond in battle for state superintendent
Updated June 6 California voters swept Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom into a solid lead for governor, while Republicans rallied to push businessman John Cox into second place, setting up a blue-red contest in November’s general election, according to preliminary results from Tuesday’s primary. In the other statewide contest that will significantly impact California public school students, Marshall...
By Laura Greanias and Mario Koran | June 6, 2018
LAUSD is hammered in 2 new studies as too slow to help its neediest students
Two reports released Tuesday urge LA Unified to start making tough choices to boost student achievement and to move faster in delivering more funds to the schools serving the neediest students. The first study found that LA Unified has been slow to get increased state funding to the schools serving students with the highest needs, particularly...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | June 5, 2018
California’s surprising primary: 6 ways this year’s races for governor & superintendent resurfaced a north-south divide in education politics
June 6 update: Gavin Newsom and John Cox will advance to a blue-red contest in November’s general election for governor; Marshall Tuck and Tony Thurmond finish one and two for state superintendent. Read more about the results, the demographics, and the reactions in this Wednesday morning dispatch. In a state as sprawling and diverse as California, most political...
By Mario Koran | June 4, 2018