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Your Daily Roundup of LAUSD news from across the web | 09.24.18
Commentary: Kids should not be collateral damage in teachers strike
With talks between United Teachers Los Angeles and LAUSD at a tense impasse and teachers voting overwhelmingly to authorize a strike, there’s one group caught in the middle that’s largely been left out of the discussion: L.A.’s kids. A strike would have a dramatic impact on the kids and families of Los Angeles, where 84...
By Katie Braude | September 4, 2018
From the schoolhouse to the state house: These 5 teachers are running for office to say ‘No more’ to slashed education funding
If you don’t count high school student body president, Aimy Steele has never held political office. But as a teacher and school administrator, she’s run classrooms and schools, and now she’s running to represent her district in North Carolina’s state house of representatives. Steele and thousands of teachers around the country got a taste of...
By Laura Fay | September 4, 2018
Antonucci: Staffers accuse California Teachers Association of ‘betrayal’ over post-Janus cuts
Mike Antonucci’s Union Report appears weekly at LA School Report. Employees who work for the California Teachers Association claim union managers are trying to renege on an agreement in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Janus ruling, which ended the practice of unions charging agency fees to represent non-members. With teachers now free to withhold payments,...
By Mike Antonucci | September 4, 2018
1 in 4 kindergartners is chronically absent — part of a multimillion-dollar problem for LAUSD
Los Angeles Unified has a multimillion-dollar problem: kids aren’t coming to school. And it’s particularly bad among their youngest students. New district data show that 1 in 4 kindergartners misses 15 or more days of school each year. “I couldn’t believe that when I heard that,” Diane Pappas, the superintendent’s senior adviser, told board members...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | September 4, 2018
LA parent voice: ‘We want to have a voice,’ says a mom who showed up at LAUSD before dawn to make sure her community was represented
Every week, we sit down with Los Angeles parents to talk about their students, their schools, and what questions or suggestions they have for their school district. (See our previous interviews.) Sara Martínez, an LA Unified mom living in the southeast boundaries of Board District 5, had to put everything aside for one day so her voice...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | August 28, 2018
In the aftermath of teacher strikes, more Americans support educator raises, poll finds
Following strikes this spring in which teachers in six states demanded higher salaries, a new poll finds a sharp uptick in Americans’ support for increasing educators’ pay. The national poll, last week by the journal Education Next, which has been surveying Americans on high-profile education issues for more than a decade, also found growing support for...
By Mark Keierleber | August 28, 2018