King’s strategic plan for LA Unified sets modest goals, goes to board members Tuesday
Superintendent Michelle King will present her strategic plan for LA Unified to the school board on Tuesday, a 16-page document outlining three years’ worth of goals and expected improvements but lacking specific details on how to accomplish them. This is the draft of a long-anticipated plan that is supposed to address academic improvements and budget...
By Mike Szymanski | September 26, 2016
Renowned educator warns that LA Unified’s future is ‘dire’
Internationally renowned education expert Pedro Noguera warned members of the LA Unified school board and superintendent that unless more serious measures are taken, the nation’s second-largest school district is destined to lose more students. “The future is dire,” Noguera told the Committee of the Whole on Tuesday afternoon. He pointed to entire neighborhoods in Philadelphia...
By Mike Szymanski | April 28, 2016
LAUSD considers charging for the release of public records
LA Unified receives fewer public records requests per year than other governmental agencies or school districts of similar size, but district staff is now suggesting that the board consider pushing for legislation that would set a fee for complying with some of the requests. The recommendation came from Christine Wood, the assistant general counsel and...
By Mike Szymanski | January 27, 2016
Before leaving, Zazueta to give LAUSD board a lobbying tutorial
In what may be his final presentation to the LA Unified school board, Chief of External Affairs Edgar Zazueta said he will be giving a “legislative 101” tutorial at tomorrow’s Committee of the Whole meeting. The district announced in September that Zazueta, the district’s chief lobbyist in Sacramento and Washington, is resigning to join the Association of California...
By Craig Clough | October 26, 2015
LA Unified turning to marketing to reverse declining enrollment
Where’s Don Draper when LA Unified needs him? After more than a decade of declining enrollment, the impact of which is costing hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue losses, the district has a plan to stop, or at least slow down, the exodus: Marketing! Now, officials just need to decide on a plan. Each year...
By Vanessa Romo | May 27, 2015
LAUSD Losing Fewer Teachers For Second Straight Year
For the second year in a row, LA Unified is losing fewer teachers, and district projections indicate that the trend will continue through the current school year. Vivian Ekchian, the district’s Chief Human Resources Officer, told a committee meeting yesterday that the trend is largely due to more diligent work at the front end of...
By Vanessa Romo | November 20, 2013
LA Unified Board Considers Common Core — Yet Again
Today is expected be another long day for LA Unified School Board members. Last week’s eight-hour session — only the second board meeting of the school year –was not long enough to hash out the details of the district’s Common Core implementation plan, so they’ve sandwiched in a Special Board Meeting between two others that...
By Vanessa Romo | September 17, 2013