LAUSD contemplating how kids can eat more and waste less
With the third and final phase of LA Unified’s Breakfast in the Classroom rollout ending today, district officials are now assessing how to minimize the amount of wasted and uneaten food left behind. Already, new procedures are in the works for the start of the new school year in August, said Laura Benavidez, the program’s...
By Mike Szymanski | May 29, 2015
Field poll finds strong support for breakfast in the classroom
Nearly two-thirds of California voters support legislation requiring schools to integrate breakfast into the school day, according to the latest statewide Field Poll. Four questions on breakfast in the classroom were included in the poll on behalf of California Food Policy Advocates, a nonprofit dedicated to improving the health and well-being of low-income Californians by...
By Craig Clough | April 9, 2015
Non-profit and Dodgers partner to bring breakfast to LAUSD students
A new partnership between a non-profit and the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF) is ensuring that more LAUSD students can look forward to eating healthier breakfasts at school during the 2014-2015 academic year. The partnership comes as an efforts to bolster School Fuel, an initiative launched by the Los Angeles Fund for Public Education (The LA Fund),...
By Aaron Stella | June 5, 2014
Service Workers Union Looking to Expand LA Unified Role
For years, the SEIU Local 99 has been “the other union” in LAUSD. Representing custodians, cooks, bus drivers and other “classified” workers, the union is just as politically influential, if not more so, than the teachers union, UTLA. And yet its voice is rarely heard in policy debates. That might be about to change. In...
By Hillel Aron | October 4, 2013
Slideshow: Deasy’s Cafeteria Shift
The SEIU local 99, which represents classified LAUSD employees, such as bus drivers, cafeteria workers, custodians and teaching assistants, invited Superintendent John Deasy to spend a shift “walking in their shoes” — or in their hairnets, as it were. Deasy spent the early Wednesday yesterday preparing and serving food at Esteban Torres High School in East Los...
By Hillel Aron | August 15, 2013
Deasy & Allies Prevail at May Board Meeting
Tuesday’s marathon School Board meeting included an ambitiously long agenda, simmering tensions among Board members, and no less than three different rallies going on outside the LAUSD headquarters on Beaudry Avenue throughout the day. Though the exchanges never quite rose to the level of outright acrimony, there were some dramatic moments as the Board members...
By Hillel Aron | May 15, 2013
Board Preview: Multiple Protests, Packed Agenda
Just as record-breaking temperatures in Los Angeles are expected to subside by tomorrow, many of the heated LAUSD issues on the docket for tomorrow’s Board meeting may cool off into mere formalities by the time they come up for a vote. But a packed Board agenda and multiple union rallies could still make for a dramatic day...
By Hillel Aron | May 13, 2013
Read This: Why Teachers Are Battling Free Classroom Breakfast
“Ending the breakfast program in Los Angeles could cause thousands of kids to start the school day hungry,” begins this recent TakePart story by Vanessa Romo. “So why are teachers against it?” The piece describes the classroom breakfast program that’s supposed to take the first 15 minutes of school, highlights the other districts around the...
By LA School Report | May 10, 2013
Parents Rally for Classroom Breakfast
At an event promoted by United Way of Greater Los Angeles held in front of LAUSD headquarters, parents and educators called on UTLA and LAUSD to “put politics aside and continue the successful program, which provides a nutritious breakfast at nearly 300 schools.” Earlier this week, Take Part explored the controversy surrounding the program. Previous...
By Alexander Russo | May 9, 2013
Union Focusing on Jobs at Tuesday Board Meeting
Tuesday, May 14, is the next scheduled LAUSD School Board meeting, and it may be a noisy one. United Teachers of Los Angeles (UTLA) is planning a major show of force at the meeting and afterwards, calling for reductions in class size (and rehiring of laid-off teachers) . According to the UTLA website, the School...
By Alexander Russo | May 9, 2013