More Schools Rush to Embrace Change in LA Unified*
*Oops. In a previous version of this story the chart mistakenly used “district control” instead of “district autonomy,” reversing the meaning of the graphic. Apologies to our readers. The Los Angeles public school landscape is undergoing an unmistakable shift, with schools adopting new models that ultimately will result in students getting more choices. In a...
By LA School Report | August 20, 2013
Morning Read: Pilot Schools Expand in LA
Incubator School in L.A. Sparks Discord Over Location, Teachers The pilot middle school, which is slated to open next year but lacks a site, will teach students how to launch a business in addition to academics. LA Times Sun Valley’s Francis Polytechnic High to Convert to Innovative Pilot School Francis Polytechnic High in Sun Valley...
By Samantha Oltman | March 21, 2013
Zimmer Reversal Likely Ends Garcia Presidency*
In a dramatic move that may be a sign of larger changes to come, the LAUSD School Board voted Tuesday afternoon to limit the term of the Board President to two consecutive one-year terms*. The swing vote in the 4-3 decision was none other than recently re-elected Board member Steve Zimmer, who had supported Board...
By Hillel Aron | March 19, 2013
Morning Read: Looming Federal Budget Cuts on Education
Sequestration: What Southern California Stands to Lose The Southland is bracing for massive cuts in federal spending at the end of the week, with education and airport officials in particular worried about the impact of the impending reductions. LA Daily News See also: LA Times, KPCC, SI&A Cabinet Report Senator Proposes Pushing Back Teacher Layoff...
By Samantha Oltman | February 26, 2013
Morning Read: District 4 Race Will Affect Entire District
Could a Single School Board Race Determine the Future of LAUSD? If Zimmer loses to challenger Kate Anderson, both sides agree, that will permanently tip the scales 4 to 3 in favor of a board that pushes for more charter expansion and data based teacher evaluations.KPCC Donations From Independent Groups Shaping City, LAUSD Elections Independent...
By Samantha Oltman | February 22, 2013
Teachers Flocking to “Pilot” School Model
When the LAUSD Board voted last week to approve 12 new “pilot schools,” it was a small but positive sign of change in a school district long troubled by battles among key stakeholders about to how to best improve LA’s many underperforming schools and create successful new options. Pilot schools are the most flexible of...
By Samantha Oltman | February 19, 2013
Steve Barr: Beyond Charters
There was a time when Green Dot Public Schools founder Steve Barr — the man responsible for the 2008 hostile takeover of Locke High School and a frequent critic of the teachers union and the Board — was seen by many as the barbarian at the gate. Now, Barr has a daughter in 2nd grade at Ivanhoe...
By Hillel Aron | August 2, 2012