19 students from LA Unified’s Academy of Music at Hamilton High School performed “Happy” with Pharrell at Sunday’s Academy Awards Ceremony, a show viewed by 300 million people across the globe. The video has gone viral – enjoy!
At two Los Angeles high schools, students will soon be able to meet all their banking needs right there on the school site — if they happen to use Union Bank, that is.
The LA Unified board has announced a partnership to open student-run branches at Lincoln High School in Lincoln Heights and Crenshaw High School in Leimert Park as part of program to provide students with real-world financial education and work experience.
The full-service branches are scheduled to open in 2014 and will create a cadre of student bankers who will receive classroom credit for spending three hours a week running the branch as bank tellers and two hours a week in the classroom with a district teacher.
“It is a business academy, so they learn from the very beginning how to look people in the eye, shake peoples’ hands, and introduce themselves with business decorum,” Union Bank Senior Vice President Jan Woolsey said in an interview with LA School Report. “They also learn presentation skills and later in the year will actually make presentations on financial education to their classmates and sometimes their parents.”
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A new media column launched at Education Week by columnist Mark Walsh has already featured LA School Report twice in its very first week. Yesterday, in his post, L.A. Confidential: New Editor for Scrappy Education News Site, Walsh writes about the changing of the guard here at LA School Report with the hire of former New York Times reporter Michael Janofsky as our editor. News, or not, we appreciate the ink — and the spotlight on education media.
As LA School Report celebrates its first anniversary, Michael Janofsky, a former New York Times journalist, is joining us as Managing Editor, with overall responsibilities for content and the daily operation of the site.
Janofsky, who lives in Los Angeles, worked at the Times for 24 years as a staff correspondent and bureau chief, specializing in domestic politics and policy and writing on such issues as education, energy, the environment and culture. He brings with him some serious journalism chops and we welcome him aboard as we expand our coverage of the intersection of politics and education in Los Angeles.
Janofsky replaces Brooklyn, N.Y.-based Alexander Russo, who served as editor since our inception. Russo is now focusing on his own blog at Scholastic and on a book project. We wish him a fond farewell.
Since our launch, LA School Report has reported on the politics of education in Los Angeles, covering the inside scoop on education policy, School Board politics, and the various players and special interests influencing our city’s decision-makers. We hope we’re earning our keep as an objective, must-read for those who care about improving education in Los Angeles.
Just shy of our first anniversary, LA School Report has been named a finalist for Best Political Blog in LA Weekly’s 2013 Web Awards. We think we are the best, but we need votes to make it happen.
So click here to jump into the voting booth – scroll down to category No. 11 and tick our box. LA School Report approves this message!
Here’s LA School Report contributor Hillel Aron on the KCRW radio show “Which Way, LA?” from last week, talking about the Richard Vladovic LAUSD Presidency, Mayor Garcetti’s involvement in the process, among other things:
Have any trouble getting the media player to work, you can listen to it here. There’s a second segment focused on the Board’s recent purchase of $30 million in iPad tablets.
*Correction: The original version of this post incorrectly identified the public radio outlet as KPCC, not KCRW.
Here’s an eerily prescient tweet LA School Report contributor Hillel Aron sent out at the beginning of the June 18 Board meeting:
Thanks to Barbara Jones’ LA Daily News story, we now know that indeed, Board members were in those very moments being informed of the accusations against Board member Vladovic.
A couple of weeks ago we published a list of LA’s Top Education Tweeters — a semi-complete compendium of prolific and/or important people and organizations.
We got a lot of responses and suggestions — keep them coming, we’ll do an update soon! — and then this week the kind folks at the College-Ready Promise (@CollegeRdyPrmse) turned it all into a Twitter list.
What’s a Twitter list? It’s a collection of individual Twitter feeds gathered together so you can follow all 69 of them at once, without having to sign up for them individually.
What’s the College-Ready Promise? It’s a coalition of charter networks “committed to graduating all students college-ready through innovative teacher support.”
LA School Report won 3rd place in the 55th Annual Southern California Journalism Awards, after being named a finalist in two categories (group blog, online-only website) in its first year of publication.
In the online-only news outlet category (H13), Truthdig and California Healthline came in just ahead of us. In group blog category (H12), the top spots went to THR, Truthdig, and LA Weekly).
Other winners of note include WitnessLA, which won 1st place in two different categories (including Database Driven Online Journalism). LA Weekly writers also won a bunch of awards — including among them Gene Maddaus (Print Journo of the Year). Martin Henderson from Patch.com won online journalist. Check out the full listings here.
Congrats to everyone, and watch for us out next year!
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The Institute for Democracy, Education, and Access (IDEA) at UCLA put outs a daily Education News Roundup that’s a good source of information about education in LA and statewide. So it’s great when the newsletter includes stories from LA School Report like it did on Thursday (with Hillel Aron’s story about who might be the next President of the LAUSD School Board). Check it out here. You can subscribe here.
A new feature in the LA Weekly claims Board member-elect Monica Ratliff “may be the most powerful woman in Los Angeles” (given the dearth of elected officials on the City Council) and compares LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy to former police chief William Bratton.
Written by LA School Report contributor HIllel Aron, The Woman Who May Change L.A. notes that Coalition for School Reform campaign veterans charged with defeating Ratliff in last month’s runoff may have been limited by “wildly naive” Coalition donors who didn’t want to attack Ratliff. They also believed erroneous poll projections putting Sanchez safely in the lead and ignored Ratliff’s controversial positions on teacher dismissal.
Of particular note are some juicy quotes from former Mayor Richard Riordan, who’s quoted saying the Coalition picked a political hack as its candidate (in large part because of SEIU opposition to another candidate, Iris Zuniga), “had the wrong people running our campaign” (a reference to losing campaign consultants SCN’s Ace Smith and Sean Clegg), and failed to focus on making losing candidate Antonio Sanchez more likable.
*Correction: The original version of this post mis-identified the District 6 candidate who was opposed by SEIU as Nury Martinez. See the corrected sentence above.
Listen here for LA School Report contributor Hillel Aron on last night’s show:
Starting at about the 10:00 minute mark, Aron points out that it’s unclear whether the outside money behind Sanchez backfired or was simply not effective, and in a later segment that Ratliff will join two other Board Members who might best be considered independent/swing votes.
The LA Press Club has named LA School Report as a finalist in two categories (group blog, online-only website) for this year’s Southern California Journalism Awards.
That’s pretty exciting news for a media outlet that launched just last August. Much appreciated.
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The LAUSD School Board elections will soon be over, but there are lots of big issues and decisions that will follow. Take a look at the following job announcement and let us know if you think you or someone you know might be right for the spot(s):
LA School Report, an independent daily news site devoted to covering education in Los Angeles, is seeking aggressive freelance journalists to cover the dynamic Los Angeles public school system (including the politics shaping our city’s education system, the debate over education reform, and the key players who influence policy decisions). This is not an aggregation or blog site; we’re dedicated to enterprise journalism and publish fully reported, original pieces.
(Published in today’s Los Angeles Times)
Ousting Supt. John Deasy, as the union wants, would hurt students.
by Jamie Alter Lynton
The leadership of the Los Angeles teachers union recently conducted a survey among its members asking if they had confidence in Los Angeles Unified Supt. John Deasy. Although it was highly unusual for the union to mount this kind of frontal attack on the superintendent, the maneuver wouldn’t have raised eyebrows had it not been for the union’s full-court press to influence the vote. Not only did the union send out misleading information about Deasy’s record, it also posted unflattering, juvenile caricatures of him on its website.
So it wasn’t much of a surprise when the vote went overwhelmingly against Deasy. But it almost certainly left a lot of people in Los Angeles wondering what the superintendent had done to raise the union’s wrath.
There’s no question that the forceful and popular superintendent is shaking things up: In two years, he has pushed the Los Angeles Unified School District, one of the lowest-performing districts in the country, toward significant progress. He has promoted ideas that are good for students, such as expanding school choice through charters and other options. He has pushed to improve the quality of teaching and administration, in part through developing a fair measure of teacher performance and finding ways to keep good teachers, not just those with seniority. Some of these ideas are new to Los Angeles, but they are hardly radical and are all supported by the Obama administration and top educators across the country.