New guidelines for teacher preparation announced at USC by Secretary of Education John King with LAUSD’s Michelle King
U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. was joined by LA Unified Superintendent Michelle King and a number of education leaders at the USC Rossier School of Education Wednesday to announce the release of his department’s new teacher preparation regulations. The regulations call for more detailed information to be gathered on how new teachers are performing,...
By Craig Clough | October 12, 2016
LA Unified President Steve Zimmer on eradicating the school readiness gap
At a goal-setting meeting last week for LA Unified school board members and Superintendent Michelle King, board President Steve Zimmer said he wanted the district to focus on eradicating the school readiness gap. Described as the variations in academic performance among children entering kindergarten and first grade who are from low-income and diverse backgrounds compared to their...
By Sarah Favot | October 5, 2016
School board concedes they don’t have much to do with what goes on in the LA classroom, considers changes
Some school board decisions get ignored, all board meetings are too long and most decisions have nothing to do with what goes on in the classroom. That’s some of the conversation that came out of an all-day session Tuesday with the LA Unified School Board and superintendent. The meeting, led by a private facilitator, was held...
By Mike Szymanski | September 30, 2016
Great Public Schools Now announces $3.75M in grants available for LAUSD schools
Great Public Schools Now announced Thursday it will give up to $3.75 million in grant funds next year to expand up to five academically successful LA Unified school campuses in underserved areas — the nonprofit’s first partnership with the school district. GPSN launched its program in June, when it gave its first grants, totaling $4.5 million, to...
By Sarah Favot | September 29, 2016
Strategic plan lacks clear mission, so board agrees to champion ‘100 percent graduation,’ but how?
LA Unified’s three-year strategic plan lacks a clear mission statement. That was the consensus of an all-day school board session Tuesday. So the seven board members decided to fix it, landing on the goal of a 100 percent graduation rate. Yet the draft of the strategic plan remains light on exactly how to accomplish it. Because...
By Mike Szymanski | September 28, 2016
King’s strategic plan for LA Unified sets modest goals, goes to board members Tuesday
Superintendent Michelle King will present her strategic plan for LA Unified to the school board on Tuesday, a 16-page document outlining three years’ worth of goals and expected improvements but lacking specific details on how to accomplish them. This is the draft of a long-anticipated plan that is supposed to address academic improvements and budget...
By Mike Szymanski | September 26, 2016
JUST IN: School starts one week later next year, then inches toward Labor Day, LAUSD decides
The LA Unified school board decided Tuesday night to start school one week later next year, moving the start date to Aug. 22, then to Aug. 28 the following year. After passionate debate on both sides, five school board members voted for the change, and two voted against it. The number of days of instruction...
By Mike Szymanski | September 20, 2016
King asks LAUSD managers to tell her how they would slash 30 percent from their budgets
By Kyle Stokes Superintendent Michelle King has asked managers in the Los Angeles Unified School District’s central offices to submit plans outlining how they would slash their departments’ budgets by 30 percent in the coming fiscal year, according to a memo obtained by KPCC. For now, it’s just a planning exercise. But top district officials say...
By LA School Report | September 19, 2016
After School Satan Clubs put the heat on LAUSD, target 47 elementary schools
Their logo features a wild-eyed horned character holding out a candy cane. Their promotional video features eerie music, children running backward and lots of spiders. They want to take children on field trips to local cemeteries. Members of the Satanic Temple of Los Angeles are hoping to host After School Satan Clubs that will be targeted toward...
By Mike Szymanski | September 9, 2016
LAUSD boots up credit recovery courses at start of new school year
LA Unified is wasting no time in getting students with poor or failing marks into its online credit recovery program at the start of the new school year. A district communications representative confirmed that credit recovery began right away for any student who earned a D or F in a course now being offered through the...
By Craig Clough and Sarah Favot | August 31, 2016