Panel conveys dire warning, LAUSD board seems to get message
An independent Financial Review Panel yesterday detailed drastic measures that LA Unified must take to remain afloat in what school board President Steve Zimmer calls a “perfect storm” of financial trouble for the district. “There’s a fiscal cliff that is immediate if different decisions are not made,” warned Bill Lockyer, the former California attorney general and...
By Mike Szymanski | November 11, 2015 9:07 am
Big agenda for LAUSD board: search process, finances, charters
In what looks to be a marathon LAUSD school board meeting tomorrow, members are scheduled to hear a detailed report on community input for the superintendent search, an analysis of a district finances conducted by non-district analysts and a number of proposals involving charter schools. At the open session at 10 a.m., the board will hear...
By Mike Szymanski | November 9, 2015 10:52 am
Families, attorneys protest to seek end of LAUSD abuse cases
Attorneys representing families of students who said they have been abused by teachers and principals at LAUSD protested outside the school headquarters Tuesday morning, carrying signs that read, “LAUSD Bullies Children to Drop Lawsuits,” “Don’t be Silenced” and “Stop LAUSD Abuse.” “The abuse in the school system continues, and the district should do something about...
By Mike Szymanski | October 27, 2015 1:37 pm
Union leaders, former LAUSD board president attack Broad charter plan
While teachers protested a proposed charter expansion plan outside the LA Unified school board meeting yesterday, union leaders involved with the district and a former board president, spoke out against it inside. On the street, about 100 teachers rallied against the effort by the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation that would more than double the number of...
By Mike Szymanski | October 14, 2015 1:26 pm
LAUSD board welcomes public to supe search — but only to a point
For the first time, the public yesterday got a full picture of how LA Unified intends to carry out the search and selection of the district’s next superintendent, with a process that encourages transparency and public participation — but only until the final stages. Hank Gmitro of Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates, the firm handing...
By Mike Szymanski | October 14, 2015 7:56 am
Multiple rallies gather early for LAUSD school board meeting
Protestors and supporters of a variety of causes started gathering at 8 a.m. today for the 1 p.m. LA Unified school board meeting, facing intense heat outside and an overcrowded meeting room inside. Among the earliest to appear were 50 people with green shirts and buttons showed up for the Green Dot Public Schools, which...
By Mike Szymanski | October 13, 2015 11:28 am