Parent centers proliferating at LAUSD, leading to better test scores, attendance and engagement
One of the most popular classes at 20th Street Elementary School has 43 dedicated students who come twice a week. They’re all parents. The parents of this 600-student school just south of downtown Los Angeles come here to learn English. They do projects for teachers. They discuss school issues. Their children even help them...
By Mike Szymanski | October 6, 2016
The Partnership for Los Angeles Schools adds Grape Street Elementary to its network
The Partnership for Los Angeles Schools and LA Unified announced today that Grape Street Elementary in Watts will be added into the organization’s network of schools. It will be the 19th school the nonprofit organization will now operate. “The district approached us about supporting Grape Street, and the promise there is as great as the...
By Craig Clough | August 11, 2016
2 Months Later, Melendez Still Out of View as Garcetti’s Ed Deputy
Eight weeks ago Mayor Eric Garcetti named his new education deputy, Thelma Melendez de Santa Ana. In that time, only a few people have any idea who she is what she does or how she’s going to do it. She has met with various board members and some community groups in her official capacity as...
By Vanessa Romo | October 18, 2013
Update: Garcetti Might Change City Hall Education Job
We’re less than one week away from Eric Garcetti’s inauguration as the 42nd Mayor of Los Angeles, and yet very little is known about the shape his administration might take, or indeed about the names of people it might employee. Garcetti aides have said the transition team is considering a major restructuring of the organizational...
By Hillel Aron | June 25, 2013
Partnership Head “Exploring” Run for Public Office
Marshall Tuck was 33 when Mayor Antonio VIllaraigosa asked him to leave his position at Green Dot Public Charter Schools to become the first CEO of a new entity called the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools. Six and a half years later — just a few weeks before Eric Garcetti takes over as the new...
By Hillel Aron | June 7, 2013
Garcetti’s Education Staffing Plans Unclear
On Friday, Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti named longtime advisor Rich Llewellyn to oversee his transition team. According to the LA Times, he’ll help “identify hundreds of people who will work in his office and serve as political appointees.” The big question in education circles is whether Garcetti will have an education team like Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa before him,...
By Hillel Aron | June 4, 2013
Zimmer Irate Over Reform Coalition Attacks
It was perhaps no surprise that District 4 School Board member Steve Zimmer was visibly upset when he happened to run into Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s Deputy Mayor for Education, Joan Sullivan, at today’s United Way education event. “RFK, Joan? Really?” said Zimmer as the two rode the escalator together. “That’s just wrong.” “I don’t know what...
By Hillel Aron | February 27, 2013