The Morning Read
Your Daily Roundup of LAUSD news from across the web | 01.20.17
LA teachers union leads protest at schools against Trump
About 400 parents, teachers and students joined union leaders at a Los Angeles elementary school on Thursday, one day before the presidential inauguration, to protest the incoming administration and to support public schools. The demonstration, called a “Shield Our Schools Action,” drew thousands throughout LA Unified, said President Alex Caputo-Pearl, president of United Teachers...
By Mike Szymanski | January 19, 2017 2:26 pm
LA Unified prepares for Trump inauguration, declares ‘Unity Day’
In preparation for President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration, LA Unified has declared Friday “Unity Day.” In addition, a district official said LA Unified will be prepared for any potential policy changes under the new Trump Administration and any resulting loss of federal funding. Pedro Salcido of LA Unified’s Office of Government Relations said the district is...
By Sarah Favot | January 18, 2017 3:08 pm
Pilot programs are preparing district for new state science tests
About two dozen pilot programs throughout LA Unified are helping prepare the entire district for new, more comprehensive state science tests that fifth-, eighth- and 11th-graders will start taking in 2019. The new California Science Test (CAST) will replace the California Standards Test (CST). It will be taken on computers rather than on paper and...
By Mike Szymanski | January 17, 2017 2:39 pm
MLK spirit on display at Crenshaw High as 700 volunteers take part in day of service
Honoring the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., hundreds of young volunteers from City Year in coordination with local partners on Monday commemorated Dr. King’s dream of the “Beloved Community” by beautifying Crenshaw High School in South Los Angeles. City Year, a national organization dedicated to helping students and schools succeed by...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | January 16, 2017 4:42 pm
LA’s special ed challenge: Integrating students at younger ages without putting special education centers at risk
As LA Unified struggles to right its financial ship, the high costs of educating children with special needs have come under a microscope. One strategy being used is identifying children in the infant and preschool years to help integrate them sooner into the general education population, which then cuts back on referrals to expensive special...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | January 16, 2017 4:03 pm
Los Angeles educators’ questions for Betsy DeVos
By Ama Nyamekye Twenty-two U.S. Senators will sit before Betsy DeVos on Tuesday morning and determine her qualifications to serve as Secretary of Education, a critical role in shaping education policy across our nation. Along with determining the direction for the Department of Education for years to come, this confirmation hearing will prove crucial for another...
By Guest Contributor | January 16, 2017 12:15 pm