Campaign contributions flow as California Teachers Association makes more political endorsements
Mike Antonucci’s Union Report will appear weekly at LA School Report. The California Teachers Association readied itself for the June primaries by formally recommending candidates for statewide offices and the legislature — and now its money will follow. The State Council of the 325,000-member union voted in late January to recommend incumbent State Controller Betty Yee...
By Mike Antonucci | February 6, 2018 5:05 pm
These parent volunteers are bringing school libraries back to life with color, comforts, and — most of all — books
* Updated Feb. 9 Kids rarely stepped foot in the library at Washington Elementary in Compton. “It was dusty and damp in there, it was not very welcoming for kids at all,” Principal Diana Phillips said. “We had a lot of very old books that children were not interested in and none of the modern...
By Mike Szymanski | February 5, 2018 3:25 pm
Exclusive: LAUSD plans to use same search firm to find a new superintendent — and it gets a break on the cost
The LA Unified school board is set to confirm the same search firm that helped them pick Michelle King as superintendent in 2016, which will save the district at least $160,000. In the contract signed last time with Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates of Rosemont, Ill., there was a two-year window clause that says, “If the Superintendent departs...
By Mike Szymanski | February 1, 2018 10:29 am
LAUSD board seeks ‘disruption’ from next superintendent
In the context of the search for its next superintendent, LA Unified’s school board is asking existential questions about how hard it should be pushing to disrupt the status quo in a system that serves more than 700,000 students. While none of the conversations came particularly full-circle in a special meeting of the board on...
By Mike Szymanski | January 31, 2018 7:17 pm
What you needed to know about LA schools in January: Our 7 most popular articles this month
The new year started off with a bang for education watchers in Los Angeles: a new leader will be chosen this year for the nation’s second-largest school district. The first month of 2018 had plenty more news to keep up with, as the state thumbed its nose at new federal accountability rules, the governor sought...
By Laura Greanias | January 30, 2018 1:47 pm
Los Angeles DACA students who will be in the audience at Trump’s State of the Union address are hoping to ‘really get at their hearts’
*Updated Jan. 30 Two young DACA recipients from Los Angeles will be guests at Tuesday’s State of the Union address, sitting with House Democrats and hoping to hear President Trump announce a permanent solution for them and their families to remain together in this country. The two young women are part of a delegation of...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | January 29, 2018 5:22 pm