Contrary to recent reports, arts in LAUSD starting to expand, says director
Despite recent media reports that the arts are doing poorly at LA Unified schools, the director of the district’s arts programs, Rory Pullens, said quite to the contrary, things are better than they have been in a long time; it’s just that nobody knows it. “We are really encouraged and really excited about what’s been...
By Mike Szymanski | November 5, 2015
LAUSD board rejoices in passing ‘best budget’ in seven years
An extraordinary year for LA Unified came to an extraordinary end yesterday as the school board unanimously approved — and with minimal debate — its largest budget in seven years. The six board members played musical chairs congratulating one another and Superintendent John Deasy for a job well done. Members were especially complimentary of the...
By Vanessa Romo | June 25, 2014
Rory Pullens confronts challenges of art, money and LAUSD
For years Rory Pullens has been the one who got away. LA Unified offered the former TV writer/producer turned educator, the top post at the district’s premiere arts high school — Ramon C. Cortines School of the Visual and Performing Arts — and he turned it down. Twice. But the stars have finally aligned for...
By Vanessa Romo | June 10, 2014