‘Doomsday scenario’ cutting health benefits and increasing class sizes at LA Unified may be averted
The self-described “Doomsday scenario” laid out by LA Unified’s chief financial officer at Tuesday’s school board meeting could have resulted in the loss of 2,000 teacher and administrator jobs by next spring, an increase of up to nine students per classroom, and a halt to saving for teacher retirement benefits. But then, like the cavalry...
By Mike Szymanski | June 15, 2016
Zimmer in costume — a last ditch effort to get input on superintendent
LA Unified board President Steve Zimmer has announced he will be wearing a Halloween costume tomorrow when he visits schools. Oh, it’s not to join festivities planned for many of the LA Unified schools. Rather, he wants to give one last-ditch effort to push people to provide input into the superintendent search by filling out a...
By Mike Szymanski | October 29, 2015
Two in LA Unified ‘teacher jail’ plead their cases to school board
Two teachers put in “teacher jail”— but have had no charges filed against them — pleaded their cases to the LA Unified school board last week, asking to be allowed back into the classroom. In both cases, the teachers’ contracts won’t be renewed. Jay Stern and Blake Clement spoke directly to Superintendent Ramon Cortines in their request...
By Mike Szymanski | September 11, 2015
LAUSD fielding 2,600 calls to fix air conditioners during heat wave
As a heat wave engulfed the region yesterday, LA Unified officials fielded 346 calls to fix air conditioning units. By the end of today, they were expecting at least that many more. Tacked on to an existing backlog of calls for air conditioner repair since before school began, LA Unified has about 2,600 requests for...
By Mike Szymanski | September 9, 2015
In robo-call, Caputo-Pearl attacks ‘billionaire’ charter efforts
The Los Angeles teachers union, UTLA, attacked a proposed expansion of charter schools in LA Unified with a robo-call to district teachers from union president Alex Caputo-Pearl, vowing to fight the education reform foundations behind the effort. Mentioning Eli Broad by name in the call, Caputo-Pearl told the teachers that these groups, which include the Broad, Keck...
By Mike Szymanski | August 17, 2015
Kayser cancels participation in two District 5 candidate debates
The debating season kicks off tomorrow night with the first of several scheduled candidate forums for those running in the three contested LA United board districts. But it’s starting with a buzzkill. After committing to appear, board member Bennett Kayser has withdrawn from the first of the District 5 debates, scheduled at the Goodwill Community Enrichment...
By LA School Report | January 27, 2015