District 4 dominates while first outside money enters school board race, campaign finance reports show
The latest campaign finance reports in the LA Unified school board races are in and the records show that the most money by far has been raised in the District 4 race where board President Steve Zimmer is running for re-election. A total of $781,646 has been raised by the candidates in the three board...
By Sarah Favot | January 13, 2017
EXCLUSIVE: Education advocate Steve Barr says ‘all encompassing’ presidential race stymied his mayoral bid
Steve Barr showed up at the city Election Division office downtown just before 5 p.m. on Dec. 7, the deadline to turn in signatures to qualify for the 2017 municipal ballot, with 878 signatures and a $300 check in his hands. “I had been thinking about it all day,” he said in his only interview...
By Sarah Favot | December 20, 2016
Ignoring the Trump in the room, LAUSD declares its schools ‘safe zones’
Never uttering the word “Trump,” the LA Unified school board held a day’s worth of board meetings Tuesday that delicately reflected the anxieties of their constituents and a general upheaval of emotions in the education system over the past week since the election results. Then, they doubled-down by unanimously passing a resolution declaring that they would...
By Mike Szymanski | November 17, 2016
East LA students march in protest as LAUSD calls for calm
*UPDATED Students in East Los Angeles on Monday morning walked out of classes from at least five high schools to protest in the wake of Donald Trump‘s election as president. Walkouts at school campuses began last week following Trump’s victory on Tuesday. Students at Garfield, Mendez, Roosevelt, Wilson and Lincoln high school walked out of...
By Sarah Favot | November 14, 2016
Education reform candidates score gains in California’s Democratic caucus
Groups that support charter schools and education reform spent millions in the 2016 election cycle, and it seems it paid off as several candidates they backed appear poised to be heading to Sacramento in December. Education reform independent expenditure committees, like EdVoice and the California Charter Schools Association, spent 10 times more in the general...
By Sarah Favot | November 11, 2016
‘You have scared children’: LAUSD board president sends message to Trump at news conference and tells students schools are safe
*UPDATED Following two nights of protests as well as student walkouts in Los Angeles and around California in the wake of Donald Trump’s victory in the presidential election, LA Unified school board President Steve Zimmer joined other leaders in calling for unity Thursday and told students their schools were safe. “We, like the LAPD, are...
By Sarah Favot | November 10, 2016
Dealing with frightened kids the day after the election: How one LA school got through the day
When Principal James Lee arrived at school Wednesday morning to find a sea of anxious faces, he knew he had to do something. Donald Trump was now the president-elect, and Lee recalled how his students had reacted with fear to some of the rhetoric during the presidential campaign about immigration, deportation and “the Wall.” Sylmar Charter High...
By Mike Szymanski | November 9, 2016
LAUSD leaders react to Trump’s victory and ‘feelings of fear and anxiety’
*UPDATED Education leaders in Los Angeles reached out to their schools and communities a day after Donald Trump was elected president to address “feelings of fear and anxiety.” During his campaign, Trump had vowed to deport millions of immigrants and build a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico. LA Unified’s student body is 74...
By Craig Clough | November 9, 2016
How education fared in California state races
Here are overnight results from some education-related races in California. For national races with education impact, follow The 74’s Election Day live blog throughout today. Incumbents Sweep Oakland School Board Race: A heated Oakland school board contest fueled by the growth of charter schools failed to knock any of the incumbents out. Jody London, Jumoke Hinton-Hodge,...
By LA School Report | November 9, 2016
Californians pass 3 education propositions
Californians passed three education-related propositions, sending more money to schools and bringing back bilingual education. Income Tax Extension Benefits K-12 Education: Proposition 55 extends the income tax rates under Prop. 30 for individuals who earn more than $250,000 a year and couples who earn more than $500,000 a year for 12 years. It passed easily...
By LA School Report | November 9, 2016