Morning Read: LAUSD Buses Violate Safety Rules
LAUSD Bus Inspection Reports Show Major Safety Violations While your children ride LAUSD buses, we obtained the most recent reports, finding fuel leaks, steering violations that could endanger students, and bad brakes. CBS LA A Level Playing Field for Transgender Students In February, the California Interscholastic Federation adopted a progressive policy, which takes effect in...
By LA School Report | May 3, 2013
One Thing: Deasy Budget Memo
Here’s the full text of the memo LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy sent School Board members last week about eight controversial budget items including the classroom breakfast initiative: Read the full LA School Report story here.
By Samantha Oltman | May 1, 2013
Listen: Democrats Divided on Gov. Brown’s Ed. Budget Reform
In a recent Which Way L.A. segment, host Warren Olney discusses the battle brewing in Sacramento over Gov. Jerry Brown’s approach to education budget reform. Brown’s plan to give struggling school districts like LAUSD, which have higher numbers of low-income and English language learner students, higher funding than more successful districts, has divided Democrats in...
By Samantha Oltman | April 30, 2013
Morning Read: Classroom Breakfast Program in Peril
L.A. Unified Classroom Breakfasts May Be Axed, Deasy Says An L.A. Unified classroom breakfast program feeding nearly 200,000 children but sharply criticized by the teachers union will be eliminated next year unless school board members vote to reinstate it, Supt. John Deasy said Thursday. LA Times Decrease in Pink Slips Thanks to Prop 30 The...
By LA School Report | April 26, 2013
Morning Read: Did UTLA Leaders Make a Deal With Candidate?
Rumor of Deal Roils Teachers Union The leadership of the Los Angeles teachers union is roiled over whether its officials made a private deal with a Board of Education candidate whom critics view as an ally of anti-labor forces. LA Times New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg Donates $350,000 to LAUSD Reformer’s Campaign With the runoff...
By LA School Report | April 25, 2013
Morning Read: Unions Oppose Teacher Evaluation Bill
Teacher Evaluations: Let the Battle Begin On Wednesday, the state Senate Education Committee will take up a bill by Sen. Ron Calderon, D-Montebello, that would adopt a formal state standard for evaluating teachers. SD Union-Tribune Editorial A Student With Promise, a Teacher Who Had to Help Brought to the U.S. as a baby, Itzel Ortega...
By Samantha Oltman | April 24, 2013
Morning Read: State & District Graduation Rates Rise
Graduations Up, Dropouts Down in LAUSD, Statewide High school graduation rates for Los Angeles Unified and districts across California increased last year, with Latino students showing larger gains than their white and Asian classmates, the state Department of Education said Tuesday. LA Daily News See also: LA Times, KPCC Villaraigosa Criticizes Mayoral Candidates Over Education...
By Samantha Oltman | April 10, 2013
Could Prop 30 Money Go to Pension Fund?
The California Teachers Pension Fund (CalSTRS), the largest fund of its kind in the United States, is facing a $70 billion budget crisis, and there are growing concerns that Prop 30 money could be diverted from local schools and into the pension system. A Huffington Post article on Wednesday pointed to a recent report from...
By Samantha Oltman | April 4, 2013
Morning Read: School Board Group Aims to Limit Ed Secretary
National School Board Group Seeks Curbs on U.S. Ed Secretary The National School Boards Association and its 90,000 members are sponsoring legislation aimed at curbing the authority of the U.S. Secretary of Education – an outgrowth likely stemming from the group’s chilly relationship with the Obama administration during the president’s first term. SI&A Cabinet Report...
By Samantha Oltman | March 28, 2013
Morning Read: CTA Backs New Teacher Dismissal Bill
In Meeting of the Minds, CTA Also Backs Teacher Dismissal Bill With unusual speed, the California Teachers Association endorsed a bill Assemblymember Joan Buchanan introduced last week that would quicken the process for dismissing teachers. The teachers association joins Sen. Alex Padilla, thus creating a consensus among opposite sides of one of the most contentious issues last...
By Samantha Oltman | March 26, 2013