JUST IN: City High School closes suddenly after charter loses students following facilities, financial woes
Citing financial woes due to low enrollment and problems with its private facility, the governing board of City High School voted Monday to close the charter school immediately, leaving 116 students scrambling to find new schools. The school, located in Pico-Robertson on Los Angeles’ Westside, had been offered a location at Dorsey High School through...
By Craig Clough | September 14, 2016
Participants at LA Unified’s summit on best practices suggest an arbiter for co-located schools
At the final panel of the “Promising Practices” forum held all day Saturday, participants called for an arbiter at the district level who could step in to help solve disputes at schools sharing campuses. The panel discussion was titled “Leading the Way with Collaboration and Sharing of Promising Practices: Perspectives from the Field” and included three sets of principals...
By Mike Szymanski | July 25, 2016
$5 million in Porter Ranch temporary classrooms expected to be dismantled
The 46 new classrooms installed when two schools were temporarily relocated because of the Porter Ranch gas leak will be taken down once the students go back to their former locations. The district spent $5 million in building the temporary classrooms that are equipped with heat and air conditioning and required plumbing, wiring, utility poles, paving...
By Mike Szymanski | March 24, 2016
Prop 39 chairs de León and Steyer: Program needs more time
In response to a critical story by the Associated Press that concluded the Clean Energy Jobs Act (Proposition 39) has failed to meet its stated goals, two of the campaign’s co-chairs said the program needs more time to benefit schools. “It’s irresponsible and more than a little misleading to prejudge a long-term, multi-year program this...
By Craig Clough | August 18, 2015
Stoner parents challenging LAUSD for extending co-location deadline
Yet again, LA Unified finds itself in the soup because of a computer malfunction. Friends of Stoner, a group fighting to block the co-location of another charter school at Stoner Avenue Elementary in Palms, has met with lawyers to discuss legal options against LA Unified for extending the application deadline by three days. Frustrated Stoner...
By Vanessa Romo | March 20, 2015
LA Unified getting $26 million in Prop 39 energy efficiency funds
Governor Jerry Brown today dropped by John Marshall High School to talk about energy efficiency and the millions of dollars LA Unified schools can expect to receive from the state as a result of Proposition 39. The governor, who’s up for re-election next week, was on the Los Feliz campus with Tom Steyer, the Democratic...
By Vanessa Romo | October 28, 2014
LA Unified getting $6.8 million in latest round of Prop 39 funds
LA Unified, the second-largest school district in the country, is getting the largest amount of any school district in California in the latest round of funds from Prop 39, the 2012 California Clean Energy Jobs Act. The measure makes changes to corporate income taxes, providing $550 million annually for five fiscal years beginning with the...
By LA School Report | February 27, 2014
LAUSD reports increase in charter school co-location approvals
LA Unified has released a preliminary list of charter school co-location proposals, showing that the district is offering more traditional school sites for co-locations for 2014-15 than in either of the previous two school years. According to Lorena Padilla-Melendez, director of Community Relations for LAUSD’s Facilities Services Division, 80 traditional school sites were recently approved...
By Chase Niesner | February 25, 2014
Zimmer Seeking State Help with Charter Co-location Rules
An emotionally-charged debate erupted at the last school board meeting over the co-location of a charter on the campus of an elementary school in Boyle Heights. Parents of public school students at Lorena Street Elementary School were furious that the school was forced to relinquish space to accommodate Extera 2, a charter school, because of Proposition...
By Vanessa Romo | September 9, 2013
Morning Read: LAUSD Approves Teacher Grading Deal
L.A. Unified Says Deal on Evaluations Meets Court Order The Los Angeles Unified School District filed court papers Tuesday asserting that a new tentative agreement with the teachers union has satisfied judicial orders to use state standardized test scores in instructor evaluations. LA Times LAUSD Board OKs Deal With Teachers Union on Performance Evaluations The...
By Samantha Oltman | December 5, 2012