English learners in California remain at the bottom of state test scores with only a hint of progress — and it’s even worse in Los Angeles
For California parents watching how well their public schools are doing at educating their children, the fall release of state test scores has brought only slim encouragement. Elementary school students, particularly in third and fourth grade, moved ahead, while 11th-graders lost ground. But the grimmest news was, once again, reserved for parents whose children are still...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | October 10, 2018
LAUSD details 15% job cuts in central and local district offices to satisfy its financial overseers
LA Unified will eliminate $43 million in administrative salaries as part of an emergency cost-cutting plan to stave off its fiscal overseers. The cuts won’t be at school sites this year, but rather at the central and local district offices. The number of jobs that will be lost will be left up to each department,...
By Laura Greanias | October 9, 2018
Vice president of LA’s school board says teachers contract may require revisions after report shows half of instructors at city’s lowest-performing schools aren’t being regularly evaluated
New data show that almost half the teachers at LA Unified’s lowest-performing schools have not been evaluated for at least three years, and nearly all of those who were had received favorable ratings. Now the school board’s vice president is calling for more regular evaluations, which he said could require negotiating changes to the city’s...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | July 23, 2018
LAUSD board frees principals of struggling schools from having to hire teachers sent to them by the district
Updated June 15 About one-fourth of LA Unified schools have just won a coveted freedom: the right to hire the best teacher for the job. However, the majority of Los Angeles schools are still shackled by a longtime districtwide policy that forces principals to hire from a “must-place” list of “displaced” teachers. But that could...
By Laura Greanias | June 15, 2018
LA’s graduation rate will now be reported in a second way to reveal how many students are actually eligible for state universities
LA Unified made a big commitment Tuesday: by 2023 all students will be college-ready, and — to make sure parents can hold the district accountable — it will now report two different graduation rates. Through unanimous approval of the “Realizing the Promise for All: Close the Gap by 2023” resolution, the board members “publicly commit” to...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | June 13, 2018
LAUSD board to vote on tougher graduation requirements, ways to improve lowest-performing schools
As LA Unified school board members press ahead with how to improve the district’s lowest-performing schools, a vote is scheduled for Tuesday on a resolution with higher student achievement and graduation goals as well as ways to strengthen individual schools. Growing frustration by parents who have children in the bottom tier of LA schools led...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | June 11, 2018
LAUSD is hammered in 2 new studies as too slow to help its neediest students
Two reports released Tuesday urge LA Unified to start making tough choices to boost student achievement and to move faster in delivering more funds to the schools serving the neediest students. The first study found that LA Unified has been slow to get increased state funding to the schools serving students with the highest needs, particularly...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | June 5, 2018
EdVoice’s Bill Lucia: Sacramento tries to sweep poor school performance under the rug
Sacramento politicians have turned their backs on children in California’s lowest-performing schools. In representing the state Board of Education and Superintendent Tom Torlakson in an official response released last week to a lawsuit filed against them in December 2017, California’s attorney general asserted that parents and taxpayers should not be able to complain if only...
By Bill Lucia | May 22, 2018
Ryan J. Smith: How can California be a beacon on a hill if it’s leaving its students at the base of the mountain?
‘Tis the season when we read posts and watch online videos of the young men and women who received their college acceptances. While we celebrate these milestones, the number of students of color and low-income students who are admitted to and complete college are still too few. In California, according to the California Competes, only...
By Ryan J. Smith | April 23, 2018
LA families will have more school quality information than ever before in new interactive tool that rates schools
*Updated April 12 Driven by mounting urgency to improve struggling schools and widespread dissatisfaction with California’s school evaluation tool, LA Unified board members voted Tuesday to create an assessment framework that will allow parents to more easily compare schools as well as select the measures by which to evaluate them. The key difference from the California...
By Laura Greanias | April 12, 2018