Commentary: A plea to the LAUSD board to make us all college ready
An open letter from four members of the Community Coalition Youth Leaders to the LA Unified school board, which is considering a resolution tomorrow from Mónica García and Steve Zimmer to enhance support for improving the district’s college-ready graduation rate. Dear Board Members: On behalf of the thousands of students in South Los Angeles, we...
By Guest Contributors | May 11, 2015
Thesis film examines bitterness of Crenshaw High reconstitution
The battle over the fate of South LA’s Crenshaw High School is now over, but a new documentary film from a UC Santa Cruz grad student takes a fresh and hard-edged look at the bitterness and anger that was unleashed when the LA Unified school board voted to reconstitute the school in 2013. The film,...
By Craig Clough | October 24, 2014
Board Preview: Kayser’s New Magnet Proposal
At the LAUSD Board meeting this Tuesday, March 19, Board Member Bennett Kayser is slated to introduce a resolution that would create new rules governing how new magnet schools are created — and who has the authority to approve them. Under the Kayser proposal, a majority of the full-time, unionized teaching staff at a school...
By Samantha Oltman | March 14, 2013
Morning Read: LAUSD to Take Over Crenshaw High
L.A. Unified to Overhaul Struggling Crenshaw High Calling Crenshaw the worst in L.A. Unified, Supt. John Deasy gets the green light to turn the landmark campus into three magnet schools. LA Times See also: KPCC, KCAL, LA School Report 24th Street Elementary School the Target of New Parent Petition Parents at an underperforming Los Angeles...
By Samantha Oltman | January 16, 2013
Crenshaw Reconstituted, Aspire Squeaks By*
While an avalanche of charter school approvals and renewals dominated today’s Board meeting, and two controversial resolutions were postponed, the Board did manage to approve a symbolic resolution in support of state lawmakers seeing to speed the removal of teachers accused of predatory sexual behavior, veto (and then approve) the creation of two more Aspire...
By Hillel Aron | January 15, 2013
Morning Read: Deasy Opposes Reduced Testing
Deasy Warns Suspending Standardized Tests Would Hurt At-Risk Students Los Angeles Unified Superintendent John Deasy has fired off a letter to the California schools chief, protesting plans to suspend many standardized exams next year while the state develops a new system of computer-based tests. LA Daily News See also: LA Times Parents, Teachers, Students Oppose...
By Samantha Oltman | January 15, 2013
Crenshaw Protest Heads to Board Decision
Even unusually cold temperatures couldn’t dissuade a group of more than 65 Crenshaw High School parents, faculty, staff and students who showed up to rally in front of the school Monday afternoon, many hoisting signs that read “Resources not Reconstitution.” In a controversial move scheduled for a vote at Tuesday’s Board meeting, LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy has...
By Karen Jordan | January 14, 2013
Morning Read: New Immigration Law Creates Paperwork Deluge
New Policy for Young Immigrants Creates Paperwork Deluge Lydia Ramos, assistant to Superintendent John Deasy, says the system has the largest DACA-eligible population in the country. School officials knew the paperwork demands would take a toll at the individual school level, she says, particularly “in an environment where, in California, our schools have been ravaged...
By Samantha Oltman | December 13, 2012
Morning Read: LAUSD Responds to Child Abuse Audit
LAUSD Slow to Report on Teacher Misconduct Los Angeles school officials failed to promptly report nearly 150 cases of suspected teacher misconduct — including allegations of sexual contact with students — to state authorities as required by law, an audit released Thursday concluded. LA Times See also: LA Daily News, KPCC Teacher Says District Has...
By Samantha Oltman | November 30, 2012