California approves its ESSA plan, adding more teachers to those deemed ‘effective’
The California State Board of Education voted Wednesday to approve its plan to comply with the federal Every Student Succeeds Act, culminating a year and a half of work with dozens of public meetings and comment periods. Whether it will be accepted, however, is far from clear. The plan is required under the new federal...
By Sarah Favot | September 13, 2017 6:37 pm
Cases settled in firing of Shakespeare teacher Rafe Esquith
LA Unified has settled three cases involving the firing of Rafe Esquith, a celebrated teacher who won many national and international awards, the district announced late Tuesday. The case ends a threatened $1 billion federal class-action lawsuit against the district by attorney Mark Geragos, who was representing Esquith about 2,000 other teachers in opposing the district’s...
By Mike Szymanski | September 13, 2017 4:58 pm
JUST IN: School board president Ref Rodriguez charged with felony campaign violations
*UPDATED LA Unified school board President Ref Rodriguez and his cousin were charged Wednesday with conspiracy and perjury felony counts and 25 misdemeanor counts in connection with allegedly improper campaign reimbursements stemming from his 2014 campaign documents. Rodriguez and his cousin Elizabeth Tinajero Melendrez were each charged with one felony count of conspiracy to commit...
By Mike Szymanski | September 13, 2017 2:25 pm
LAUSD’s graduation rate tops 80 percent, surpassing its own goals
LA Unified is heading faster than expected toward the stated goal of 100 percent graduation, with a surprise announcement at Tuesday’s school board meeting that the district hit an 80.2 percent graduation rate for the 2016-17 school year. That’s more than a year ahead of the aggressive graduation growth that Superintendent Michelle King had planned....
By Mike Szymanski | September 12, 2017 7:39 pm
Board members withdraw Title I revamp that would give a bigger chunk to poorest schools
A plan that could have hurt funding for magnet and affiliated charter schools was withdrawn as LA Unified leaders continue to debate the issues of equity in distributing money to schools in the poorest communities. A resolution proposed in June would have reshuffled the Title I money that the federal government allots for low-income schools. The realignment...
By Mike Szymanski | September 11, 2017 2:26 pm
Exclusive: School autonomy vs. teen sleep — Charter schools join opposition to California’s late-start bill after last-minute addition
California charter middle and high schools would be prohibited from starting school before 8:30 a.m. under a bill that will be voted on by the Assembly this week after a concern was raised that they would have an unfair advantage over district schools for enrollment. The addition of charter schools this month prompted the California...
By Sarah Favot | September 11, 2017 1:19 pm