‘A city of second chances’: High school dropouts recovered as Garcetti, Zimmer, volunteers knock on doors
LA Unified officials and a team of volunteers hit the streets Friday, knocking on the doors of high school dropouts in an effort to get them re-enrolled in school as part of the district’s Student Recovery Day. Among the door knockers was Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, who along with LA Unified Board President Steve...
By Craig Clough | September 9, 2016
Zimmer, King, Garcetti, U.S. Education deputy kick off LA Unified school year with positive message
LA Unified is fresh, clean, safe and on the upswing. That was the message Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, LA Unified Superintendent Michelle King, school board President Steve Zimmer, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education James Cole Jr. and board member George McKenna delivered at a news conference from the library of John C. Fremont High School in South...
By Craig Clough | August 16, 2016
LA officials defend closing of schools even if threat is a hoax
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti made it very clear: He didn’t close the schools. Neither did the police chief, nor the county sheriff. That decision was made by LA Unified Superintendent Ramon Cortines, who was supposed to be on his way to retirement this week. “I made the decision to close the schools,” Cortines said...
By Mike Szymanski | December 15, 2015
LAUSD acted on threats of violence with explosive devices, rifles, pistols
An email that threatened violence with “explosive devices, assault rifles and machine pistols” provided LA Unified officials today with the rationale for closing all schools across the district. Those details and others, which began emerging today, convinced city and school officials that closing schools was the more prudent action, especially in the aftermath of the...
By Mike Szymanski | December 15, 2015
LAUSD increasing help for children of veterans and active-duty military
Los Angles Mayor Eric Garcetti today announced a new program that will help identify students in LA Unified whose parents are veterans or active-duty service members so that they can receive extra resources available to them. Joining Garcetti at Leland Elementary School in San Pedro, where he announced the new program, were LA Unified school board...
By Craig Clough | November 12, 2015
JUST IN: In reversal, Cortines says cameras can roll at LAUSD campuses
Take two? LA Unified Ramon Cortines has amended his decision yesterday to halt all film and TV productions on LA Unified campuses. In a statement just released by the district, Cortines said he will allow several projects in the works to move forward. He also said the district will approve new projects on a case-by-case...
By Craig Clough | October 9, 2015
Garcetti promoting local productions as Cortines shuts them down
One day after LA Unified abruptly announced that it is shutting down all film and TV productions from any of its campuses, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti visited the set of American Horror Story: Hotel today to promote how the California Film and TV Tax Credit is helping bring film and TV productions back to the LA area. The show...
By LA School Report | October 9, 2015
LAUSD leaders take questions at ‘Back to School’ forum
Hundreds of LA Unified employees and parents filed into the Edward R. Roybal Learning Center‘s downtown auditorium yesterday for a “Back to School at LAUSD” forum, hosted by Superintendent Ramon Cortines and other key district leaders. The event wasn’t called to unveil a specific agenda, but more for an open panel discussion on issues facing the...
By Craig Clough | September 23, 2015
Clippers’ $3 million gift helping City Year’s work in 26 LAUSD schools
The NBA’s LA Clippers have given $3 million to City Year, which helps service low-performing schools in low economic areas of Los Angeles. The announcement was made at a City Year opening day ceremony on Friday with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and LA Unified board president Steve Zimmer. City Year has 309 AmeriCorps members...
By Mike Szymanski | September 14, 2015
Grants create 94 new AmeriCorps members for LA’s youth
The nonprofit Youth Policy Institute (YPI) and LA Mayor Eric Garcetti announced today the establishment of 94 new AmeriCorps members who will serve LA-area youth. The new positions were made possible by three grants, totaling $4.4 million, enabling the AmeriCorps members to work with youth in low-income schools and community centers all around Los Angeles. “Los...
By Craig Clough | July 6, 2015