Linked Learning has helped these LAUSD students thrive
Students explain how Linked Learning works at LAUSD schools
By Mike Szymanski | February 2, 2016
College students find gaps in LAUSD superintendent search process
A group of college students told the LA Unified board this week that its effort to reach non-Internet-connected people as part of the superintendent search was inadequate. “We walked through neighborhoods and found more than 200 community members who lacked Internet access and didn’t have a means of travel to the community meetings, but care about education...
By Mike Szymanski | November 13, 2015
For the LA Unified board, a long day of discussions, disputes and votes
The LA Unified School Board convened at 10 a.m. and didn’t adjourn until more than 12 hours later yesterday, in a series of meetings that ran the gamut from moving forward on finding a new superintendent, to confronting ugly budget realities to diving into the minutiae of charter school applications. For background information, each member...
By Mike Szymanski | November 11, 2015
Search firm urges LAUSD board reach unity on next superintendent
In presenting a detailed accounting of community input for LA Unified’s superintendent search, the president of the search firm urged the seven board members to reach consensus on what they are looking for in their ideal candidate. “You do not want to make this decision on four votes,” said Hank Gmitro of Hazard, Young, Attea...
By Mike Szymanski | November 10, 2015
Search firm creates the profile for LAUSD’s next superintendent
It doesn’t matter if the next superintendent is a he or she, but it does matter if the he or she is bilingual. The person should be good at communicating and love Los Angeles. And, the candidate should have been a teacher at one point in his or her career. Those are some of the...
By Mike Szymanski | November 9, 2015
School support union asking LAUSD for same benefit package for all
The union representing school support personnel is pressing LAUSD to provide the same health benefits for all its members, fearing that the district wants to create a second-class level of employees. Among the 35,000 members of Service Employees International Union Local 99 (SEIU) are about 7,000 who work as teacher aides, community representatives, after-school coaches and...
By Mike Szymanski | October 2, 2015