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
Exclusive: New health benefits help push LAUSD into debt, document shows
LA Unified Superintendent Michelle King signed off on new health benefits for teachers assistants and playground aides even though the agreement stated that it will help push district reserves into the red by half a billion dollars within two years. And the question in the document asking how the district would replenish those reserves was left blank....
By Mike Szymanski | August 31, 2016
King, Torlakson tout improvements on standardized test scores
LA Unified Superintendent Michelle King, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, LA Unified school board President Steve Zimmer and other leaders called a press conference this morning at Eagle Rock Elementary School to tout the results of the newly released standardized test scores. Scores in the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) went...
By Craig Clough | August 24, 2016