Duncan gives himself ‘a pretty low grade’ on desegregation, wanted more pre-K
Arne Duncan’s administration of the Education Department saw plenty of notable accomplishments: billions of new dollars for preschool, a rewrite of the country’s primary K-12 education law, and a record high school graduation rate. Yet for all he achieved in his seven years, Duncan said he’s disappointed to leave office without having made sufficient progress...
By Carolyn Phenicie | February 5, 2016
LA Unified expanding transitional kindergarten across district
The Transitional Kindergarten Expansion program for LA Unified is under way this semester with teachers and principals being trained through January for 117 new sites. This is on the heels of the district’s losing 45 percent of its School Readiness Language Development Program. Transitional Kindergarten Expansion (TE or TKE) is a new grade level that is replacing...
By Mike Szymanski | October 9, 2015
LAUSD and 40 other advocates urging governor to sign pre-K bill
More than 40 agencies, representing a diverse coalition of bipartisan support, are urging California Gov. Jerry Brown to sign a bill requiring preschool for all children in low-income families. The governor has until Oct. 11 to sign or veto the bill. The bill is sponsored by Early Edge California, an educational advocacy group that is working...
By Mike Szymanski | September 28, 2015
District lists first 117 schools for Transitional Kindergarten classes
LA Unified listed the names of the first 117 schools to get Transitional Kindergarten (or TK) classes in order to replace the closed School Readiness Language Development Program (SRLDP) classrooms. The rest of the 173 schools with the SRLDP pre-school programs will make the transition in the 2016-2017 school year. In the plan, none of...
By Mike Szymanski | September 23, 2015
LAUSD preschool program in peril with help still 2 years away
LA Unified is on the brink of cutting a highly-successful preschool program for some of the district’s poorest children at the same time that members of the California state assembly are trying to expand early education programs for all low-income pre-Kindergarten students. The district’s School Readiness Language Development Program (SRLDP) is just one of a...
By Vanessa Romo | May 4, 2015
Morning Read: Board Considers Speedier Teacher Investigations
L.A. School Board to Consider Faster Investigation of Teachers Sexual misconduct allegations at Miramonte Elementary School sparked a surge of investigations of Los Angeles teachers, pushing the ranks of those in “teacher jail” to more than 300 — and prompting officials this week to consider the rights of accused employees. LA Times See also: AP,...
By Samantha Oltman | April 16, 2013
Morning Read: Greuel to Release Education Plan
Greuel to Release Education Plan Greuel might have wanted her staff to do a little better advance work, because Garcetti is well liked at the school — Camino Nuevo Charter Academy — which he helped get a $700,000 grant to help build a new soccer field,” reports The Times. KPCC Eric Garcetti Avoids Schoolyard Tussle...
By Samantha Oltman | April 11, 2013
Morning Read: Deasy in DC
Angelenos Storm Capitol Hill for Annual LA Chamber Lobbying Trip This year’s Access LA group included Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, LAUSD school superintendent John Deasy, five city councilmen, and more than a hundred local business leaders. KPCC Also: Deasy was at the Council of Great City Schools conference in DC earlier this week. SBE, School Groups...
By Samantha Oltman | March 14, 2013
Morning Read: Deasy Becomes Key Issue in School Board Races
Deasy Group Aids 3 School Board Candidates Los Angeles schools Supt. John Deasy isn’t on the ballot Tuesday, but you’d hardly know it, based on the undercurrent of the school board election. LA Times Special Interests Spend Millions, Greuel and James on the Attack Nearly $4 million in independent spending has poured into Los Angeles...
By Samantha Oltman | February 27, 2013
Morning Read: Times Endorses Garcia, Anderson, & Ratliff
LA Times Announces Endorsements for L.A. School Board We would prefer to see more candidates who fall between the two ideological poles, but the realities of L.A. Unified politics sometimes make this impossible. LA Times School Board Candidates Debate Bloomberg’s $1-Million Donation A record-setting donation to Los Angeles school board contests quickly became a topic...
By Samantha Oltman | February 15, 2013