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Your Daily Roundup of LAUSD news from across the web | 01.23.18
The top 7 charts of 2017: LAUSD by the numbers
It’s been a big year of big numbers at the nation’s second-largest school district. 2017 saw the most expensive school board race in U.S. history, new graduation highs, and soaring employee benefit costs. The lows included a steeper drop in enrollment than predicted, a steady march to a structural deficit, and further financial losses because more students...
By Sarah Favot | December 20, 2017 2:03 pm
Some LA parents say paperwork and new fees are forcing them to quit volunteering at their schools and jeopardizing extracurricular programs
Parents and teachers have become so frustrated with excessive paperwork, filing fees, and unexpected costs to use school rooms that holiday events have been canceled, fundraisers postponed, and special programs tabled throughout LA Unified. The district cracked down this fall on long-overlooked procedures meant to protect its liability, after an internal report last June showed...
By Mike Szymanski | December 19, 2017 4:28 pm
How education fared in Congress’ tax deal compromise: Teacher tax deductions, charter financing & 3 more noteworthy fixes
Weeks after fighting over tax reform — including pitched battles involving several education issues — GOP leadership released a final compromise late last week. On higher education, the bill ultimately didn’t include provisions that alarmed college and university leaders the most, like taxing graduate students’ tuition benefits. It does include a tax on university endowments,...
By Carolyn Phenicie | December 18, 2017 1:30 pm
With $13 billion in healthcare liabilities and union demands for even higher benefits, LAUSD heads back into negotiations trying to stop the bleeding — and prepared if talks break down
*UPDATED With a crushing $13 billion in unfunded healthcare liabilities, LA Unified and its employee unions return to the negotiating table Monday still far apart — unions want increases in health benefits, the district wants to stop the bleeding — so the district is coming prepared. This month it secured the blessing of the school...
By Sarah Favot | December 17, 2017 9:56 pm
A little good news on the budget — and 6 more things to know about LAUSD’s school board meeting
At their last meeting of 2017, the LA Unified school board beefed up sexual harassment policies, reversed support for a state bill that charter schools considered a threat, discussed how to handle upcoming retiree costs of nearly $14 billion, and got a little good news on the budget. BUDGET NEWS More cash is coming from the...
By Mike Szymanski | December 13, 2017 1:33 pm
Despite parent support for a later school start, LAUSD classes will begin in mid-August for next 3 years
Despite more surveyed parents wanting school to start after Labor Day, the LA Unified school board voted Tuesday to keep the current school calendar for the next three years. Classes will begin in mid-August, with a week off for Thanksgiving, a three-week winter break, and a weeklong spring break. The first semester will end before...
By Sarah Favot | December 12, 2017 6:32 pm