Update: Federal Review “Going In the Right Direction” for LAUSD
It’s still a waiting game for LA Unified and eight other California school districts who have yet to hear if their revised No Child Left Behind (NCLB) waiver application will be given the thumbs up by the US Department of Education in Washington. The nine districts, known as California Office to Reform Education (CORE), are...
By Brianna Sacks | July 12, 2013
Duncan Signals Support for LAUSD Waiver Proposal
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan seems to be trying to turn over a new leaf with California Gov. Jerry Brown after years of tense disagreements, notes EdSource Today after Duncan praised Brown’s new funding formula at an event Friday night in San Francisco. Even more immediately important for LAUSD, Duncan sounded sympathetic to the newly resubmitted...
By Brianna Sacks | June 25, 2013
LAUSD Proposal Includes Truancy in School Ratings
Truancy would be a key factor in the new school rating system that’s being proposed by a consortium of California districts including LAUSD, according to a new EdSource Today article. Chronic absenteeism would be one of the criteria of the group’s proposed new “School Quality Improvement Index,” which is part of a so-called waiver of the...
By Brianna Sacks | June 13, 2013
LAUSD Will Resubmit Federal Waiver Application – But Not State*
Three more states — Alaska, Hawaii and West Virginia — have been awarded so-called “waivers” from some of the key provisions of the federal education law known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB). But there’s still no news on the fate of LAUSD’s application, or whether the state will try and get a statewide waiver. *UPDATE:...
By Alexander Russo | May 20, 2013
Feds Want More Details from Waiver Application
As Education Week reported last Friday, the nine California school districts collectively known as CORE (California Office to Reform Education) are busy revising their application for a No Child Left Behind (NCLB) waiver. The initial draft of the waiver application sent in by LAUSD and other districts was given to an anonymous peer review group established by the Federal government....
By Hillel Aron | May 9, 2013
Reform Group Splits over Federal Waiver for LAUSD
Earlier this week, a number of civil rights and school reform groups including Democrats for Education Reform (or DFER) sent a letter to United States Secretary of Education Arnie Duncan opposing the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) waiver that LAUSD and eight other California school districts had applied for. But the next day, Gloria Romero, head...
By Hillel Aron | May 3, 2013
Morning Read: Board Likely to Back Classroom Breakfast
L.A. Unified Board Will Back Classroom Breakfast Program A majority of L.A. Unified School Board members said they will vote to continue a classroom breakfast program that feeds nearly 200,000 children but was in danger of being axed after sharp criticism by the teachers union. LA Times See also: LA School Report, KPCC The Messy...
By LA School Report | April 30, 2013
Civil Rights Groups Oppose LAUSD Waiver
The education publication Education Week is reporting that eight major civil rights groups have written a letter to US Education Secretary Arne Duncan asking him to reject a request made by LAUSD and several other local school districts to give them a waiver from some of the key provision of the federal No Child Left...
By Alexander Russo | April 29, 2013
Update: New Concerns About LAUSD “Waiver”
While LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy says that a federal waiver from the law known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB) could free up $80 million for student and teacher support services for the district — without reducing school accountability — and the Obama Administration has begun reviewing the LAUSD waiver request, state education officials and...
By Alexander Russo | April 16, 2013
Morning Read: Parent Trigger Proposal Well-Received
Proposal for Parent-Trigger Overhaul at L.A. School Well-Received Leaders of a parent group have endorsed a plan to improve 24th Street Elementary, which would be jointly run by L.A. Unified and Crown Prep charter school. LA Times See also: LA School Report, LA Times Now Teacher Dismissal Bill Off and Running With Committee Approval A...
By Samantha Oltman | April 4, 2013