LA Unified plans to offer computer science to all K-12 students
L.A. Unified officials announced today a plan to offer computer science curriculum to all students in kindergarten through 12th grade as part of a partnership with Seattle-based nonprofit Code.org. The program will offer the instruction to all students and will expand upon the district’s earlier collaboration with UCLA to give more students access to computer science education,...
By Craig Clough | October 7, 2014
Deasy supports state intervention in Jefferson HS scheduling mess
* UPDATED In a move supported by LA Unified Superintendent John Deasy, several civil rights organizations asked a judge yesterday to order the state to address the scheduling mess plaguing Jefferson High School, where computer glitches have caused many students to go for two months without the correct classes. Alex Caputo-Pearl, president of the teachers...
By Craig Clough | October 3, 2014
LA Unified receives $13 million to help expose students to college
LA Unified has won a $13 million federal grant intended to expose low-income students to college. The grant will span over seven years and benefit 2,000 students currently in the sixth- and seventh-grades, according to City News Service. The schools involved in the grant are Berendo Middle School, the Helen Bernstein Complex, Le Conte Middle...
By Craig Clough | September 25, 2014
LA Unified cancels all outdoor activities due to heat wave
As a result of the massive heat wave striking the Los Angeles area, LA Unified officials on Tuesday decided to cancel all outdoor activities or move them indoors until Wednesday. Triple-digit temperatures are hitting parts of Los Angeles with unusually high temps expected to last several days. Los Angeles County Health officials extended a heat...
By Craig Clough | September 16, 2014
Not everyone is rejoicing over halt to LAUSD’s iPad program
Principal Steven Martinez of John Burroughs Middle School in Hancock Park figured the worst that could happen is that his school’s new iPads wouldn’t connect to the Apple TVs that staff bought to enhance lesson plans. He figured wrong. On Friday, he learned that his school is not getting iPads at all. “I don’t understand what’s...
By Vanessa Romo | September 8, 2014
LAUSD aiming to resolve MiSiS issues as ‘Norm Day’ approaches
While LA Unified says it’s making strides toward solving MiSiS problems, difficulties enrolling students persist and could severely impact school funding levels as a deadline approaches for allocating personnel resources. School administrators are required to report final enrollment numbers to the district by Sept. 12, a date officials with AALA, the school administrators union, say...
By Vanessa Romo | September 2, 2014
Deasy puts Apple deal on hold, starts new bidding process
*UPDATED LA Unified Superintendent John Deasy told members of the school board yesterday that he is halting the district’s contract with Apple, Inc., effectively ending his grand plan to put an iPad in the hands of every district student. Following the disclosure of emails that suggest he and aides had tailored the bid process to...
By Michael Janofsky | August 26, 2014
After Ferguson, LAUSD giving schools tools to discuss conflict
With tensions from Ferguson, Mo. stirring yet another national debate on race relations, LA Unified is distributing an informational packet, “Engaging Students in Peaceful Dialogues about Conflict and Bias,” with a goal of helping solicit questions or concerns from students in “a neutral, safe and respectful space for constructive dialogue.” The packet includes suggested activities for students...
By LA School Report | August 21, 2014
Deasy planning to hire his own liaison for MiSiS project
As LA Unified teachers continue their complaints about the district’s new student data management program, MiSiS, Superintendent John Deasy said today he plans to hire an independent liaison to keep him informed of corrective actions. “This is not my area of expertise so I have to be sure, when I think something is not optimal,...
By Vanessa Romo | August 21, 2014
LAUSD announcing new strategies for student discipline
A major shift is underway across LA Unified in how schools and administrators approach student disciplinary issues. LAUSD officials and LA School Police Chief Steve Zipperman are planning to announce new district-wide protocols tomorrow that will define and limit the role of police on campus, incorporating new student protections and providing opportunities for students to...
By Yana Gracile | August 18, 2014