The Morning Read
Your Daily Roundup of LAUSD news from across the web | 03.29.17
Our school’s too white? Outraged parents vow to lie about their child’s race to keep their school from losing teachers
White parents who stand to lose teachers and counselors at their neighborhood public school in Los Angeles are changing their ethnic status with LA Unified to get around a district policy that strips extra staff from schools that are more than 30 percent white. And some Latino parents who fear deportation under the Trump Administration...
By Mike Szymanski | March 28, 2017 2:56 pm
LA education activist Yolie Flores on schools, politics, and why she’s running for Congress
Yolie Flores is one of 24 candidates who will compete in the April 4 special primary election for the 34th Congressional District seat which includes downtown LA, Koreatown and the city’s northeast region. If no candidate receives more than 50 percent of the votes, a runoff election will be held on June 6. When longtime representative Xavier Becerra...
By Conor Williams | March 28, 2017 2:38 pm
Exclusive: Can Mónica García bring her success of unifying a ‘struggling district’ to all of LAUSD?
Mónica García started this month’s school board meeting day with an 8 a.m. visit to one of her schools. At 9 she joined the board’s closed session meeting, eating her lunch while it extended right up to the public afternoon meeting. Between votes, she could be found talking to concerned parents in the hallway outside...
By Mike Szymanski | March 27, 2017 1:59 pm
More HS students are graduating, but these key indicators prove those diplomas are worth less than ever
By Kevin Mahnken Last October, in perhaps the final triumphant moment of his administration, President Obama announced that America’s soaring high school graduation rate had risen, again, to an all-time high of 83 percent. Before he took office, the percentage of students earning diplomas languished for decades in the low to mid-70s; now the news...
By LA School Report | March 27, 2017 1:56 pm
Valley View Elementary turns 100, as will dozens of other LAUSD schools in the next five years
Philip Skarin walked a mile and a half to his little school in the Cahuenga Pass in 1930 from Mulholland Drive when it was just a dirt road. There were 16 students in his class at the school that was called Hollywood Park Elementary and opened in 1917. “I came to school barefoot because we...
By Mike Szymanski | March 24, 2017 4:34 pm
Claiming sanctuary: Inside the schools now actively resisting Trump’s immigration crackdown
The girl had already burst into tears when the bold, yellow letters on the man’s jacket came into focus: “Police.” Rómulo Avelica-González had just dropped off his 12-year-old daughter, Yuleni, at a Los Angeles charter school — as he did every morning — and was heading next to the school of his 13-year-old daughter, Fatima....
By Mark Keierleber | March 23, 2017 8:26 am