A teen’s passion leads to 4,500 free backpacks and school supplies for LA Unified students in need
For six years, 16-year-old Riley Gantt has gathered her family and friends to go to schools in the northeast San Fernando Valley to give backpacks to students who need them. It grew from a field trip she took as a 9-year-old from her comfortable neighborhood in Sherman Oaks to a less-privileged section of the Valley...
By Mike Szymanski | August 16, 2016
Demolition of long-closed West Valley schools to begin Monday, leaving empty lots
*UPDATED LA Unified will begin demolition Monday at the first of two schools to be razed in the West San Fernando Valley. But no new construction is planned, leaving empty lots in residential neighborhoods. The Oso Avenue and Highlander Road elementary schools have sat mostly empty for more than 30 years, becoming eyesores and a source of...
By Craig Clough | July 14, 2016
‘Rally the Valley’ hoping to give parents a voice in funding
A new San Fernando Valley organization is seeking a greater role for parents in future LA Unified funding decisions, now that parents are part of the state’s new approach to education support, known as the Local Control Funding Formula. Heather Thompson, a parent at Hesby Oaks Leadership Charter in Encino and acting spokeswoman for last...
By Chase Niesner | January 15, 2014
LA Unified, Special Olympics Team up for Special Needs Kids*
*Update: The district just postponed the event due to weather concerns. A new date has not been set. Nearly 400 special needs students at two dozen San Fernando Valley schools will finish up six weeks of athletic training tomorrow by competing in a day of soccer games hosted by LA Unified and the Special Olympics....
By Jessica P. Ogilvie | November 21, 2013
Board Member Galatzan Tells (Almost) All
School board member Tamar Galatzan (pictured) is quite possibly the busiest elected official in the city. One of two board members who has chosen to serve part-time (along with Nury Martinez), Galatzan also has a full-time job at the City Attorney’s office, and is the mother of two boys in elementary school. (She’s the only board...
By Hillel Aron | October 2, 2012