LAUSD rejects 20th Street parent trigger, says no triggers valid in state
LA Unified has rejected a parent petition to take over a failing elementary school in South Central Los Angeles, reversing district policy and essentially asserting that no California school qualifies under the state “parent trigger” law. Parents of 20th Street Elementary School were informed of the district’s rejection in a letter late Saturday, the last day...
By Mike Szymanski | March 14, 2016
Famous and infamous collected in LAUSD alumni book
If you’re at Crenshaw High School, wouldn’t you want to know that baseball legend Darryl Strawberry graduated from there? How about that “Star Wars” composer John Williams went to North Hollywood High, or that Leonardo DiCaprio dropped out of his junior year at the Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies so he could pursue acting?...
By Mike Szymanski | January 18, 2016
Commentary: King was the right choice for LAUSD right now
I’ve never met Michelle King, but I’ve read enough about her and listened to enough people discussing her that one thing makes perfect sense to me: She’s the ideal superintendent for LA Unified. For right now. After all the time and expense — especially the time — district officials spent searching for a successor to...
By Michael Janofsky | January 12, 2016
10 reasons why we’re (pretty) sure LAUSD gets it done Monday
It’s time, right? We’ve known for ages that Ramon Cortines was stepping down as LA Unified superintendent. The process to replace him has been going on for months, and the end appears in sight. So, here are 10 reasons why we might know the new boss on Monday, when the board is scheduled to meet again....
By LA School Report | January 8, 2016
LA Unified search goes into next week, but end is close
After meeting five hours today to discuss candidates for the next LAUSD superintendent, the school board adjourned until next Monday with no decision made. The school board members began a closed session at 9 a.m. and returned at 2:15 p.m. to say they will resume the search discussions on Monday, Jan. 11 at 4 p.m., with...
By Mike Szymanski | January 5, 2016
Playa Vista dispute reflects classism as major issue facing LAUSD
The school board vote was simple, but the matter is far more complex, drawing a focus to an issue many within LA Unified find uncomfortable to talk about: classism. The issues involved in the Playa Vista Elementary School dispute are a microcosm of complexities within the second largest school district in the country. They involve...
By Mike Szymanski | January 5, 2016
Commentary: Don’t expect ‘super’ in LA Unified’s next superintendent
The finish line is in view. In all likelihood, by this time next week, LA Unified will have its next superintendent. Just who that will be remains uncertain to the world beyond the seven board members and a few district officials. The process has been moving along at a relatively brisk pace, considering the enormity...
By Michael Janofsky | January 5, 2016
2016 opens with LAUSD board closing in on new superintendent
The new year is starting out much as the old year ended, with the LA Unified school board still deliberating on a new superintendent. The board’s conversation is scheduled to continue in another closed session tomorrow — the seventh devoted to the selection — and an announcement would follow if a vote by the members...
By LA School Report | January 4, 2016
Point/Counterpoint: Did LAUSD make the right call on closure?
Our two reporters here at LA School Report, Craig Clough and Mike Szymanski, both have kids in school. What they don’t have is a shared opinion about LA Unified’s decision on Tuesday to close down schools in response to an emailed threat of violence that proved to be empty. So here, in a reasoned conversation,...
By LA School Report | December 18, 2015
JUST IN: LAUSD opens door to ‘acting/interim’ superintendent
The LA Unified school board is meeting later today in open and closed sessions, and one of the items on the agenda appears to suggest that the members may appoint a temporary superintendent until they decide on a permanent successor to Ramon Cortines. The closed session agenda includes “Unrepresented Employee: Superintendent or Acting/Interim Superintendent of...
By LA School Report | December 17, 2015