Board gives tepid approval to LAUSD’s strategic plan but calls for urgency
School board members gave a tentative but tepid thumbs up to a strategic plan for the LA Unified School District after more than four hours of discussion Tuesday, but they also called for more urgency. The biggest change since an August draft of the 2016-2019 Strategic Plan was a simplified singular goal: 100 percent graduation....
By Mike Szymanski | December 7, 2016 4:36 pm
How does a school succeed in LAUSD? By getting around the bureaucracy, principals say
LA Unified success stories from a raft of school models were on display Tuesday, and the unifying theme was how school leaders had to get around district bureaucracy in order to succeed. Principals from affiliated charters, magnets, pilots and choice schools touted their successes at the Curriculum, Instruction and Educational Equity Committee. All of them...
By Mike Szymanski | November 30, 2016 9:00 am
LAUSD softens ‘disruptive person’ letters, but parents are still angry
Disruptive Person Letters that can be used to keep certain people from school campuses are still being angrily criticized by some parents, despite LA Unified’s attempt at softening some of the language and adding appeals procedures. A committee reviewing the policy on Tuesday spent nearly three hours discussing the issue with more than a dozen people...
By Mike Szymanski | November 22, 2016 3:17 pm
Hollywood High hopes to make money for textbooks by erecting a digital sign at one of LA’s most dangerous intersections
The principal at Hollywood High School has taken to heart the superintendent’s call to think creatively of ways to raise money for her school. The LA Unified School District doesn’t provide her the Advanced Placement textbooks she needs to get her students ready for college, and she wants to install state-of-the-art equipment at the school’s New Media...
By Mike Szymanski | November 22, 2016 10:28 am
Ignoring the Trump in the room, LAUSD declares its schools ‘safe zones’
Never uttering the word “Trump,” the LA Unified school board held a day’s worth of board meetings Tuesday that delicately reflected the anxieties of their constituents and a general upheaval of emotions in the education system over the past week since the election results. Then, they doubled-down by unanimously passing a resolution declaring that they would...
By Mike Szymanski | November 17, 2016 10:07 am
Charter schools win renewals after promising to detail their plans for English learners
Nine out of nine charter schools were approved for renewals and revisions Tuesday night. But school board members took all of them to task for some of their test scores and other benchmarks that fell below LA Unified district norms. School board member Richard Vladovic rattled off low scores or graduation rates, or high suspension...
By Mike Szymanski | November 16, 2016 3:23 pm