In LAUSD, AUP turns to RUP to comply with CIPA . . .Understand?
The AUP is becoming the RUP. “That’s to prevent unauthorized access and … to comply with CIPA, COPPA and FERPA. Furthermore, the RUP clarifies the educational purpose of District technology.” Got it? That’s an excerpt from a new document that parents and students were given last week for any plan of going online or using...
By Mike Szymanski | August 25, 2015 9:20 am
LAUSD’s whooping cough vaccines at 93 percent compliance
The anticipated thousands of 7th graders being sent home for not having their vaccinations didn’t quite happen last week, the first week of school. LA Unified students were at 93 percent compliance, according to Ellen T. Morgan of the district communications office. That percentage “increases every day,” she said. There are about 36,000 7th graders...
By Mike Szymanski | August 24, 2015 1:40 pm
Federal grant helping LA Unified spread the word about drought
LA Unified students are learning about water conservation methods needed locally because of the drought, and the effort got a big boost last week from a $50,000 federal grant. An award from the Environmental Protection Agency is intended to support a pilot program to teach students how to conserve water. It’s part of the “One...
By Mike Szymanski | August 24, 2015 11:48 am
LAUSD grad, from expulsion to ‘Youth Warrior Against Poverty’
For most kids, getting expelled in the seventh grade for bringing a weapon to school is the beginning of a sad story, the first step into the school-to-prison pipeline. But for Eduardo Pacheco, a recent graduate of LA Unified’s Woodrow Wilson High School, it ended up being a low point from which he slowly rose to...
By Craig Clough | August 24, 2015 9:47 am
LAUSD board has mixed views on foundations’ charters expansion plan
Some think it is a threat to the public education system. Some welcome it. Members of the LA Unified school board have reacted quite differently to the announcement that the Broad, Keck and Walton Family Foundations are planning to expand the number of charter schools in the district to serve well beyond the 101,000 students...
By Mike Szymanski | August 24, 2015 9:15 am
With MiSiS working, Cortines setting sight on class size reduction
Now that the MiSiS crisis seems to be in the rear-view mirror, Superintendent Ramon Cortines is focusing on another difficult issue for LAUSD — class sizes. “We are now beginning to make necessary adjustments to class size,” he said in a statement released today. “For instance, we can open a new class and assign an additional...
By Mike Szymanski | August 21, 2015 2:41 pm