‘Star Wars’ director J.J. Abrams had LAUSD teacher in mind for ‘Maz’
* UPDATED She gave $1 million to Palisades Charter High School for classroom renovations and building a community pool. She was LAUSD’s oldest full-time teacher when she retired at 94 and one of the oldest ever in the nation. She taught the children of Frank Sinatra, Jerry Lewis, Dean Martin and Robert Mitchum. And, her students...
By Mike Szymanski | January 6, 2016
Winding path to teaching leads Garfield teacher to Yale award
As a boy, Kevin Murchie saw the award-winning film “Stand and Deliver,” the true story of Jaime Escalante, the Garfield Senior High math teacher who inspired his Latino students to overcome gang violence and poverty in east Los Angeles. A Caucasian boy growing up in the upper class community of La Cañada Flintridge, Murchie said there...
By Craig Clough | September 24, 2014
Website that helps teachers find grant money takes off
Teachers are responding with enthusiasm to a website that helps them find grant money for classroom projects and professional development, according to the LA Fund for Public Education, the non-profit that launched the program last spring. Called Grants HQ, the website puts hundreds of millions of dollars in educational grants online in one place and is...
By Craig Clough | September 18, 2014
Google flash funds LAUSD teacher projects with $1 million
LA Unified has received a generous surprise gift from Google, as the tech company announced it has funded all classroom teacher projects in the district on the crowdfunding site DonorsChoose.org. The nearly $1 million donation will go to 769 teachers, who submitted proposals for projects and materials. The donation included pencils, books, laptops, musical instruments...
By Craig Clough | September 16, 2014
Compare: LAUSD teacher salary competitive with other CA cities
The Los Angeles Unified school district offers competitive teacher salaries compared to other large districts in the state of California. That’s according to the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ), a nonprofit which complies data from across the country. Despite a recent press report indicating LAUSD was below the average, it turns out on many...
By LA School Report | September 15, 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
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
In a shift, Teach for America is hiring more non-whites
The growing diversity gap between teachers and students of color has been problematic for years, and school districts have struggled to find ways to attract a workforce that more closely resembles changing student demographics. Now, one organization is tackling the issue head on: Half of this year’s Teach for America (TFA) recruits are people of...
By Vanessa Romo | August 18, 2014