LAUSD suing insurers for $200 million over Miramonte payouts
LA Unified is suing some of its insurers for $200 million, claiming the companies refused to cover the cost of its defense of the Miramonte sex-abuse scandal. Former elementary school teacher Mark Berndt was convicted in 2013 of sexually abusing 23 of his students and is serving a 25-year sentence. Dozens of former students of...
By Craig Clough | September 4, 2015
LAUSD appeals dismissal of lawsuits against 3 banks
LA Unified is appealing a decision that threw out its lawsuits against three major banks it had accused of racially biased mortgage lending, according to Reuters. The district argues that the lending practices led to foreclosures in the Los Angeles area and a reduction in tax revenue for the district. Last month, U.S. District Judge Otis...
By Craig Clough | March 10, 2015
Zimmer gets the message, interim cannot have binding vote
Only two LA Unified school board members hold law degrees: Tamar Galatzan and Monica Ratliff. But Steve Zimmer, a college professor, did a pretty good impression of a lawyer last night. Zimmer presided over an ad hoc “committee of one” — no other board members attended — that was charged with defining the role and scope...
By Vanessa Romo | February 5, 2014
Big LA Unified decisions: Open seat and (of course) iPads
Two lingering issues are expected to hold center stage at the LA Unified School Board meeting tomorrow – the vacant District 1 seat and the Phase 2 iPad release. Now that the City Council has approved a June 3 election date to fill the seat left open by the death of Marguerite LaMotte, the board...
By Michael Janofsky | January 13, 2014
Board can’t appoint ‘voting’ interim, says LAUSD lawyer
David Holmquist essentially agrees with board member Steve Zimmer. It’s just not right, Holmquist said, that existing laws keep the LA Unified District 1 board seat vacant until after a special election in June, denying families equal representation for months. But if Zimmer is expecting Holmquist, LAUSD’s General Counsel, to navigate around the LA City Charter, he is...
By Michael Janofsky | January 9, 2014
Teachers Union Holding Vigils for 260 ‘Housed’ Members
While American Federation of Teachers affiliates are holding a “National Day of Action” today, UTLA is planning four vigils in support of “housed” LA Unified teachers, those caught between allegations of misconduct and final rulings on their employment status. Currently 260 such teachers are caught in so-called “teacher jails,” the consequence of what UTLA President Warren...
By Chase Niesner | December 9, 2013