A view from inside LAUSD’s board: Teaching moments from George McKenna and his McKenna-isms
George McKenna is often considered one of the more curmudgeonly characters on the LA Unified school board (although he has some competition). As vice president of the board and the senior member of the seven elected members, McKenna is given a lot of leeway and respect when he has something to say at the board...
By Mike Szymanski | March 28, 2016
LA Unified board talking lawsuits, budget, Melendez
The LA Unified Board meets this morning, with much of their business scheduled for a closed door session. In private, the six members will discuss various legal cases involving the district as well as updates on labor contracts and student discipline matters. At some point, in open session, they will consider an interim financial report...
By LA School Report | March 18, 2014
McKenna wins endorsement of LA principals’ union
George McKenna, one of the seven candidates running for LA Unified’s open District 1 board seat, picked up a strong endorsement today as the Associated Administrators of Los Angeles, the union representing principals and their assistants, said it would support him in the race. The endorsement means that AALA will contribute $1,100, the maximum allowed,...
By LA School Report | March 14, 2014
LA Unified board votes to pay Deasy for unused vacation*
Superintendent John Deasy works too much. So much so, that he rarely takes time off for vacation. As a result, the Los Angeles Unified School board voted at its monthly meeting yesterday to pay him for up to 24 days of unused vacation time, the equivalent of nearly $30,000 added to his annual salary of $330,000, according...
By Vanessa Romo | March 5, 2014
LA Unified board appoints a ‘liaison’ for vacant district seat
In a closed session meeting — meaning, it was closed to the public — the LA Unified School Board named Sylvia Rousseau, a professor at USC, as the “liason” to board District 1, starting in March. The board seat has remained unrepresented at school board meetings since Marguerite LaMotte died in December. The appointment is...
By Vanessa Romo | February 18, 2014
LA Unified board votes against a caretaker (twice) for vacant seat
The LA Unified school board on Tuesday quashed any chance for temporary representation for the 110 schools and nearly quarter million students in board District 1, twice defeating measures that would have appointed a non-voting caretaker. It was just the latest example of the inability of a school board, paralyzed by the absence of a...
By Vanessa Romo | February 12, 2014
Typical LA Unified school board meeting: pique and confusion
Today’s LA Unified school board meeting may have been brief, but it was just as acrimonious and confusing as some of the longer ones. While problems contributing to the appearance of dysfunction usually focus on content or process. This one focused on both. The big issue was over Bennett Kayser’s resolution to expand Title I...
By Vanessa Romo | January 21, 2014
LA Unified board OKs more iPads, caretaker for vacancy
The LA Unified School Board made two major decisions today that will go a long way toward shaping the months ahead. The six members green-lighted Phase 2 of the iPad plan, ensuring enough tablets for standardized testing in the Spring, and they approved the appointment of a non-voting representative to serve District 1 until later...
By Vanessa Romo | January 14, 2014
A silent night for two LA Unified board members
For all the passion and discord over how to fill a vacant seat, two of the six LA Unified board members were silent during the board’s hour-long debate last night. Neither the current president, Richard Vladovic, nor his predecessor, Monica Garcia, weighed in, apart from their votes. Before a 4-2 decision to hold a June...
By Vanessa Romo | January 8, 2014
BREAKING NEWS: LAUSD Board calls for special election
The LA Unified school board tonight voted to hold a special election to fill the District 1 seat, which was left vacant by the death last month of Marguerite LaMotte. The vote effectively creates a primary for June 3 and a runoff election on August 12, if no one receives more than 50 percent of...
By LA School Report | January 7, 2014