High-performing Alliance charter schools celebrate 10 years
Alliance College-Ready Public Schools, the largest charter network in LA Unified is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, and based on performance, there is much to celebrate. The Alliance schools, which include 17 high schools and 9 middle schools, are all located in low-income neighborhoods but have an overall high school graduation rate of 94...
By Craig Clough | November 11, 2014
LAUSD charters extending lead in academic performance
*UPDATED A new report by the California Charter Schools Association shows a growing gap between the overall school performance of traditional schools and charter schools in LA Unified. The report — Portrait of the Movement — says LA Unified charter schools, on average, produce stronger test results than traditional schools in the district. The data...
By Yana Gracile | August 27, 2014
Morning Read: Unions Oppose Teacher Evaluation Bill
Teacher Evaluations: Let the Battle Begin On Wednesday, the state Senate Education Committee will take up a bill by Sen. Ron Calderon, D-Montebello, that would adopt a formal state standard for evaluating teachers. SD Union-Tribune Editorial A Student With Promise, a Teacher Who Had to Help Brought to the U.S. as a baby, Itzel Ortega...
By Samantha Oltman | April 24, 2013
Morning Read: Villaraigosa Fell Short on Education, Says KPCC
Why Antonio Villaraigosa Fell Short as LA’s Education Mayor As Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa prepares to step down in June, among the achievements he takes credit for during his eight years in office is improving one institution that the law gives him no authority over: the public schools. KPCC CTC to Survey New Teacher Prep Grads...
By Samantha Oltman | March 19, 2013
Morning Read: Election Poised to Break $4.5 Million Record
LA Unified School Board Race Could Break Fundraising Records This Election The 2013 school board races have barely started and they have already attracted more than $4 million in donations. KPCC See also: LA School Report Union Wins Right to Represent Valley Charter School The Los Angeles teachers union announced Wednesday night that it has won...
By Samantha Oltman | February 14, 2013
Morning Read: Parents Submit Trigger Petition
‘Parent Trigger’ Strikes Again in California On Thursday, the parent union plans to present its petition to officials at the Los Angeles Unified School District office. The petition threatens to force the school into the control of a charter operator unless parents can negotiate major changes in the way the school is run under the...
By Samantha Oltman | January 17, 2013
Morning Read: A Slew Of Board Candidates
Candidates File Papers to Run For L.A. School Board The March election could change the course of a new teacher evaluation system, the union’s dealings with charters and, possibly, the future of Supt. John Deasy. LA Times Mother of Twins, Lawyer and Activist Goes After Anti-Charter Zimmer Kate Anderson, an activist mom and successful attorney...
By Hillel Aron | November 12, 2012
Data: How’s LAUSD Doing, Really?
Looking for an independent source of information about how LAUSD is doing? You might want to check out Ed-Data, which is managed by the Education Data Partnership and recently uploaded 2011 – 2012 Academic Performance Index (API) and Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) scores for school districts across the state. As you can see, LAUSD’s API score showed...
By Samantha Oltman | November 6, 2012
Testing Problems at 2 LAUSD Schools
Two of the 23 schools recently stripped of their API rankings by the state for testing irregularities were elementary schools located in LAUSD, and three more were located within LA County. You can read the irregularity reports for the two LAUSD schools (Capistrano Avenue and Short Avenue) posted by the LA Times here, or read the...
By LA School Report | November 2, 2012
Morning Read: Union Blocks $40M Grant Plan
Teachers Union Refuses to Sign Off on LAUSD Plan for Race to the Top Grant The Los Angeles teachers union has refused to sign off on Los Angeles Unified’s bid for a prestigious Race to the Top grant, costing the district a shot at winning $40 million in federal money, sources said Saturday. Daily News...
By Hillel Aron | October 29, 2012