Parent groups ask LAUSD to improve engagement
Leaders from major parent groups brought school board members their recommendations for improving parent involvement in LA Unified. Topping their list is a centralized Parent Advocate office and website for their concerns, they told board members of the Early Childhood Education and Parent Engagement Committee on Tuesday. Other recommendations include involving parents in every principal search committee and providing resources and training. One...
By Mike Szymanski | April 20, 2016
Board to consider pair of resolutions to expand successful schools
Members of the LA Unified school board are taking the lead in identifying, encouraging and replicating successful schools with two resolutions that will be discussed at Tuesday’s board meeting. One, sponsored by Monica Garcia and Ref Rodriguez, called Offering Families More – Promoting, Celebrating and Replicating Success Across LAUSD, asks that the district identify best strategies...
By Mike Szymanski | April 11, 2016
School board’s high-drama discussion: Are we fair to charters?
If anything, it was good television. LA Unified school board members confronted each other headlong in a dramatic discussion Tuesday night over whether charter schools were being treated fairly by the district. The discussion opened calls for a deep dive into how district staff comes up with its recommendations for denials or approvals of charter schools....
By Mike Szymanski | February 10, 2016
Commentary: Report on parent engagement meeting showed heat but not the light
By Kathy Kantner, Rachel Greene and Juan Jose Mangandi Readers of LA School Report’s coverage of the Feb. 2 meeting of the Board of Education’s Early Childhood Education and Parent Engagement Subcommittee can be forgiven if they only perceived the heat in the boardroom but not the light. It would be unfortunate, however, if LA School Report’s overly...
By Guest contributor | February 8, 2016
Parent leaders trying to engage with LAUSD meet with frustration
Parents representing some of the most important advisory committees to the LA Unified school board lodged a litany of complaints this week about a lack of connection with the district. Long distances to meetings, inconvenient times, police intimidation near meeting sites and a lack of consideration of the parents’ advice were some of the complaints brought...
By Mike Szymanski | February 5, 2016
Commentary: Reimagining middle schools in LAUSD and beyond
By Ref Rodriguez Middle school can make it or break it for a student. Close to 200,000 students in Los Angeles public schools are middle grade students. That’s 200,000 students who are either launched onto the path to high school graduation or knocked off track. And even though research has definitively shown that middle grades...
By Guest contributor | January 19, 2016