The Morning Read
Your Daily Roundup of LAUSD news from across the web | 02.24.17
After reported opposition, DeVos defends ending transgender protections to friendly CPAC crowd
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos briefly defended the Trump administration’s decision this week to rescind protections for transgender students in remarks to a supportive conservative crowd Thursday. “This issue was a very huge example of the Obama administration’s overreach to suggest a one-size-fits-all approach … to issues that are best dealt with and solved from a...
By Carolyn Phenicie | February 23, 2017 3:16 pm
What’s behind the federal raids on Celerity?
Questions about Celerity Educational Group, a Los Angeles charter school management organization now under federal investigation, and its relationship with affiliated nonprofit entities have been probed by LA Unified for nearly a decade, according to public documents and school board meetings, and the concerns are widely thought to have prompted last month’s highly publicized raids by seven federal...
By Mike Szymanski | February 22, 2017 11:33 pm
Federal inquiry into LAUSD’s iPad program ends with no charges
A federal grand jury inquiry into LA Unified’s purchase of iPads has ended, officials said Tuesday. No charges were filed. “We have received notification from the U.S. Attorney’s Office that the investigation has been closed,” LA Unified’s General Counsel David Holmquist said in a statement. It has been more than two years since the school...
By Sarah Favot | February 21, 2017 3:05 pm
LAUSD notifies 1,600 administrators of potential layoffs: Too little, too late or just a mirage?
Nearly 1,600 LA Unified administrators will be notified in mid-March that their contracts may end in June. But is this attempt at bringing administrative staff more in line with the declining number of students too late to help a looming budget deficit, as some school board members fear? Or will there even be a staff reduction?...
By Mike Szymanski | February 21, 2017 2:03 pm
Barnum: The Growth vs. Proficiency Debate and Why Al Franken Raised a Boring but Critical Issue
‘A Huge Win’: Washington State Charter School Supporters Celebrate Major Courtroom Victory
Clean Sweep: How Washers in Schools Boost Attendance and Improve Day-to-Day Life for the Neediest Students
Commentary: How teachers buffered students from Celerity’s questionable practices
By Q. Tien Le In January, federal agents raided the offices of Celerity Educational Group, a charter school network, as part of an ongoing investigation into allegations of fraud and mismanagement. Prior to the raid, the Los Angeles Unified School District school board, citing governance and oversight issues, denied charter renewals for two of Celerity’s schools...
By Guest Contributor | February 21, 2017 11:58 am
Fighting teacher burnout: Great Public Schools Now grants aim to retain effective educators
When Hrag Hamalian opened Valor Academy Middle School in 2009, teacher retention was his foremost concern, so he decided to find out what educators desired in the workplace. Now executive director of Bright Star Schools, which includes six other charter schools, Hamalian surveyed his highly effective teachers in search of the answer. He found that...
By Sarah Favot | February 17, 2017 5:35 pm