Top 10 LA high schools in national poll include 4 charters, 3 magnets; LACES scores best in LAUSD
In the extensive U.S. News & World Report ranking of all the public high schools in the country, LA’s top 10 include four independent charters, three magnets and three traditional schools. The Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies was the top-ranked LA school and the only LA Unified school in California’s top 20. It was 18th...
By Mike Szymanski | April 20, 2016
‘What’s Princeton?’ Two South LA grads tell how they made it to the Ivy League and what it takes to stay
By the time Alvaro Quintero and Jose Rodriguez reached the end of their senior year, they were no longer Alvaro and Jose. “Before we left, we got our names changed to Harvard and Yale, respectively,” Rodriguez recalled. “That is how we were referred to.” At once they had lost their familiar identity in the halls...
By Kathy Moore | March 9, 2016
Charter advocates launch salvo against Schmerelson resolution
Charter school administrators, alumni and parents appeared today at a morning meeting of the LA Unified school to oppose a resolution that will ask the board to condemn any threat to the school system through a proliferation of charter schools. “Resolutions like this distract us and are perpetuating harmful myths in the community,” Rachel Hazlehurst,...
By Mike Szymanski | January 12, 2016
Will crowd-sourcing save after-school programs at 7 L.A. schools?
With budgets getting tighter and funding from the state unpredictable, many educational organizations are turning to crowd-sourcing to keep after-school programs going. Two organizations taking this approach are CORE Educational Services and arc After School Programs, which are using a partnership to provide after-school programs at seven L.A. Green Dot Public Schools in Los Angeles. Green Dot runs...
By Craig Clough | October 28, 2014
Marshall Tuck to Oppose Torlakson for State Superintendent
Marshall Tuck, the former president of Green Dot Public Schools and former CEO of Partnership for LA Schools, has announced his candidacy for State Superintendent of Public Education. Tuck, 40, resigned from the Partnership schools in June, shortly before the Partnership’s founder, Mayor Antonio Villaraigiosa, left office. Tuck was said to be considering a run for...
By Hillel Aron | August 21, 2013
Review: Initial Lessons from “Blackboard Wars”
The first episode of the Oprah Winfrey Network reality series, “Blackboard Wars,” has been moved up to this weekend. Check out the first five minutes here: I had the chance to watch the first two episodes and I have to say that I liked it — not because it’s necessarily accurate or even particularly new...
By Alexander Russo | February 15, 2013
Morning Read: Outside Money Pours Into Race
Outside Spending Pours Into L.A. School Board Race Outside groups are mounting campaigns to influence the outcome of three races for seats on the Los Angeles Board of Education. LA Times See also: LA School Report Teachers’ Ratings Still High Despite New Measures High teacher rating results, among the first trickling out from states’ newly...
By Samantha Oltman | February 8, 2013
Movie Trailer Enflames Charter Meeting
Tuesday night at the charter board meeting for John Macdonogh High School in New Orleans, there were at least a few parents and community members upset about how things were going at the school handed over to Steve Barr’s Future Is Now charter network last year. One key aspect of the emotion-filled event was the first...
By Alexander Russo | January 18, 2013
Morning Read: Charter School Boom
Parents Demand Charter in LAUSD’s First Parent Trigger Campaign A high-spirited group of nearly 100 parents descended on the Los Angeles Unified district office Thursday and turned in petitions demanding sweeping changes at their failing school in the first use of the controversial parent trigger law in the city. LA Times See also: LA Daily...
By Samantha Oltman | January 18, 2013
Green Dot Announces Locke HS Changes
Green Dot Public Schools, a network of unionized charter schools, is announcing a handful of changes to the Locke High School cluster of schools that will be of interest to admirers and critics. Located near Watts, Locke was converted to charter school status through a 2007 teacher petition and given over to Green Dot in...
By Alexander Russo | January 17, 2013