Pilot programs are preparing district for new state science tests
About two dozen pilot programs throughout LA Unified are helping prepare the entire district for new, more comprehensive state science tests that fifth-, eighth- and 11th-graders will start taking in 2019. The new California Science Test (CAST) will replace the California Standards Test (CST). It will be taken on computers rather than on paper and...
By Mike Szymanski | January 17, 2017 2:39 pm
Charter schools score approvals in recent board decisions
Charter schools were mostly approved on consent agendas at the LA Unified school board over the past two meetings. Some charters that were rejected by LA Unified ended up being approved on appeal by the county. In one case this month — as has happened in the past — a school recommended for denial by the...
By Mike Szymanski | January 16, 2017 11:43 am
Dr. V’s prescription for a healthy school district
He doesn’t have all the answers, but Richard Vladovic, fondly referred to as “Dr. V,” said he believes he has some of the answers. This month Vladovic celebrates 50 years in education, serving as a teacher, many times as principal, a superintendent and now as an LA Unified school board member since 2007. He says...
By Mike Szymanski | January 13, 2017 10:32 am
Richard Vladovic celebrates 50 years in education, sees much yet to be accomplished
Richard Vladovic remembers the days when he was juggling his military career with teaching. “I would leave on Friday after staying to watch a school football game, jump on a plane and go to Fort Lewis, Washington, and do maneuvers in a Jeep all weekend and then come back to school by 7 in the...
By Mike Szymanski | January 12, 2017 3:40 pm
Charter schools located on multiple LAUSD campuses are down, but it’s still disruptive, families say
The number of charter schools that will be located on multiple campuses in LA Unified next year will be down from 24 to 22, and the number of schools located on three different campuses will go from eight to four. But that’s not enough and co-located campuses continue to be disruptive to the communities and the...
By Mike Szymanski | January 11, 2017 5:03 pm
The LAUSD school calendar is final — but for one year only
After flip-flopping on the school calendar a few times to try to start the school year closer to Labor Day, the LA Unified school board voted Tuesday to solidify their school calendar for at least one more year. But they’ll wait for data to approve a calendar for more years. Next year, school will start in mid-August, there’s...
By Mike Szymanski | January 10, 2017 6:45 pm