School Board Wants CA to Clarify Co-Location Rules
The School Board yesterday approved a motion by Steve Zimmer to ask state lawmakers to clarify the use of Proposition 39, a 2000 law mandating that public school space be shared equitably with charter schools. That law has lead to legal disputes between district schools and charters forced to share campuses as well as a...
By Hillel Aron | September 11, 2013
Board Restores 10 Days, Rejects Charter Proposal
Inside the meeting room at Tuesday’s LAUSD school board meeting, four television camera crews were present to watch the board vote unanimously to rescind 10 furlough days (five of which are instructional), thanks to the passage of Proposition 30. The board also voted to adopt a “Good Food Purchasing Policy.” But the healthy food vote and...
By Hillel Aron | November 14, 2012
Morning Read: Scrutinizing the Scores
L.A. Schools Improve by State Standards, Not Enough by U.S. Yardstick Just like across California, campuses are at their highest-achieving level yet, but they aren’t keeping pace with rapidly rising federal targets. LA Times Also see stories from the Daily News, Ed Source, City News Service, SI&A Cabinet Report The Times also reports that two L.A. schools this...
By Hillel Aron | October 12, 2012
School Board Round-Up
It was a slightly less crowded, slightly less emotionally charged LAUSD school board meeting Tuesday — at least compared to the last few, thanks largely to board member Steve Zimmer’s postponed resolutions rejecting the use of student achievement in teacher evaluations and scaling back charter school growth. That didn’t stop the meeting from lasting more...
By Hillel Aron | October 9, 2012
Preview: Board Agenda For Tuesday 10/9
You may already have heard that LAUSD Board member Nury Martinez will introduce a motion at the Tuesday October 9 monthly school board meeting to make arts a “core subject” (KPCC: LAUSD considers making arts education a ‘core subject’). And we’ve already told you that Board member Steve Zimmer is holding off on offering a revised...
By Hillel Aron | October 5, 2012
More School Space, More Problems
Starting in 1997, Los Angeles began passing a series of bond measures to fund construction of new schools. Since then, the city borrowed a total of $19.5 billion to build 131 schools– some with large, beautifully designed (and expensive) campuses like the Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools and the High School for the Visual and...
By Hillel Aron | August 15, 2012