Morning Read: Behind the Spending in the Board Race
Outside Groups Trying to Influence L.A. School Board Races Outside groups are mounting campaigns to influence the outcome of three races for seats on the Los Angeles Board of Education. LA Times See also: LA School Report L.A. Schools Need Technology, but Can We Afford It? On Tuesday, the Los Angeles School Board will consider...
By Samantha Oltman | February 11, 2013
DC Think Tank Touts “Blended” LA Charter School
A Washington, DC-based think tank called Education Sector has a new report out touting the strengths and challenges of the blended learning program at Alliance Tennenbaum Family Technology High School. (See The Right Mix: How One Los Angeles School is Blending a Curriculum for Personalized Learning. Watch some video here: A Look Inside Tennenbaum.) Blended learning combines...
By Alexander Russo | February 7, 2013
UTLA, LAUSD Prep for Prop. 30 Budget Battle
Conflicting priorities over how to spend an influx of $6 billion in statewide Prop. 30 funds are causing tensions between LAUSD and the teachers union, UTLA. As a recent UTLA newletter reveals, concerns about how the money will be spent are one of the reasons that the union is so focused on the outcome of...
By Samantha Oltman | February 6, 2013
Morning Read: Who Will Follow Mayor’s Ed. Lead?
Antonio Villaraigosa Led The Way on Education Reform, but His Potential Successors Are Reluctant to Pick up the Torch For the last eight years, education reformers have had a staunch ally in the L.A. mayor’s office. But in a few months, Villaraigosa will be gone. LA Weekly See also: USC Annenberg, LA School Report LAUSD...
By Samantha Oltman | January 29, 2013
Morning Read: Former Teacher Accused of Molestation
Ex-LAUSD Teacher Accused of Abusing 20 Children A former Los Angeles Unified School District teacher was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of committing lewd acts and sexually abusing 20 children and an adult, law enforcement authorities said. LA Times See also: ABC LA Plan to Supply LAUSD Students With Tablet Computers Wins Key Vote Los Angeles...
By Samantha Oltman | January 24, 2013
Morning Read: Charter School Boom
Parents Demand Charter in LAUSD’s First Parent Trigger Campaign A high-spirited group of nearly 100 parents descended on the Los Angeles Unified district office Thursday and turned in petitions demanding sweeping changes at their failing school in the first use of the controversial parent trigger law in the city. LA Times See also: LA Daily...
By Samantha Oltman | January 18, 2013
Morning Read: Daily LAPD Visits for Schools
LAPD to Step up Presence at Elementary, Middle Schools Chief Charlie Beck sets a goal of having uniformed officers visit campuses every day, saying this was the ‘new reality’ the department must address. LA Times See also: KCET, KPCC, LAist Districts Face Questions in Spending Long-Term Bonds for Short-Lived Technology Last month, the Bond Oversight...
By Samantha Oltman | December 18, 2012
Morning Read: Board Debates Parent Policy, Technology Funding
LAUSD Board Debates Raising Salaries or Buying Students Tablet Computers With the groundwork laid for a new digital-learning plan, a request for a strategy to buy computer tablets for all students erupted Tuesday into a shouting match between two Los Angeles Unified board members over setting budget priorities for the district. LA Daily News See...
By Samantha Oltman | December 12, 2012
Morning Read: Zimmer Withdraws Evaluation Plan
LAUSD Board’s Martinez Wants To Restore Arts Funding In Schools She also wants a commitment to make arts a component of the new Common Core curriculum, integrating skills like drama, drawing and dance into the teaching of math, English and science. The national standards are set to take effect in Fall 2014, and the district is...
By Hillel Aron | October 8, 2012
Morning Read: Deasy Pushes Prop 30
LAUSD Superintendent: “If You Don’t Like the Results, Fire Me” NBC: Less than two months from a crucial statewide vote on two propositions that would funnel more money into schools, Deasy made a push. “We’re talking about not being able to complete the school year if this fails in November,” Deasy said. Georgia team meets with LA...
By Hillel Aron | September 14, 2012