Social-emotional learning’s gains at 109 LAUSD schools could end as funding runs out
A yearlong revival of social-emotional learning at 109 LA Unified schools is in danger of being shut down because the district doesn’t have money earmarked to continue the programs, district officials confirmed. Concerns about losing this fundamental tool in learning led LA Unified’s Commission on Human Relations, Diversity and Educational Equity to vote Thursday evening to support social-emotional learning and...
By Mike Szymanski | November 14, 2016
‘You have scared children’: LAUSD board president sends message to Trump at news conference and tells students schools are safe
*UPDATED Following two nights of protests as well as student walkouts in Los Angeles and around California in the wake of Donald Trump’s victory in the presidential election, LA Unified school board President Steve Zimmer joined other leaders in calling for unity Thursday and told students their schools were safe. “We, like the LAPD, are...
By Sarah Favot | November 10, 2016
Dealing with frightened kids the day after the election: How one LA school got through the day
When Principal James Lee arrived at school Wednesday morning to find a sea of anxious faces, he knew he had to do something. Donald Trump was now the president-elect, and Lee recalled how his students had reacted with fear to some of the rhetoric during the presidential campaign about immigration, deportation and “the Wall.” Sylmar Charter High...
By Mike Szymanski | November 9, 2016
Has Donald Trump poisoned the playground? Educators across LA talk of new spike in bullying
October was National Bullying Prevention Month, and it couldn’t have come at a better time for LA Unified. Anecdotal evidence and interviews with dozens of teachers, administrators, parents and students over the past three months point to an increase in school bullying, inappropriate language and public humiliation that many believe can be specifically attributed to...
By Mike Szymanski | November 1, 2016
Middle school incident reports top high schools for first time at LAUSD; suicidal behavior is up
For the first time since LA Unified has collected such data, the number of incidents involving fights, suicidal behavior, bullying, drugs and other disruptions on campuses was higher at middle schools than at high schools. The district last week released the 2015-2016 iSTAR Annual Report, which stands for the Incident System Tracking Accountability...
By Mike Szymanski | October 31, 2016
How is the largest school police force in the nation keeping LA’s children safe?
Every day, the news headlines make Police Chief Steven K. Zipperman aware of something more he has to do to help 664,000 children feel safe coming to school. Chief Zipperman cradles the responsibility of keeping LA Unified’s students safe, as well as its 60,000 employees. And that’s a tall order in a today’s world, with...
By Mike Szymanski | October 24, 2016
Exclusive: Loaded gun found at school during random wanding search; charters want practice ended
While community leaders and independent charter schools are calling for an end to random student searches and metal detector wanding at LA Unified, LA School Report has learned that a routine random search at a high school in the district recently yielded a loaded gun. A source close to the search said that the student...
By Mike Szymanski | June 6, 2016
4 LAUSD elementary schools in pilot to improve safety for kids
Getting safely to and from school can be tricky in a rough neighborhood. To make it easier, City Attorney Mike Feuer launched a pilot program earlier this month at four LA Unified elementary schools, aimed at keeping kids safe. The Neighborhood School Safety Program targets schools in areas with high “quality of life” crimes, including...
By Vanessa Romo | September 25, 2014
LAUSD joins partnership to confront school health hazards
An intergovernmental pilot project began last week to address potential environmental health hazards in Southern California schools, with LAUSD as the only school district involved as a core particpant. The six month pilot program, known as the Southern California – Clean, Green and Healthy Schools Partnership, is intended to foster collaboration among local, state and federal regulators...
By Chase Niesner | February 4, 2014
Morning Read: LAUSD Buses Violate Safety Rules
LAUSD Bus Inspection Reports Show Major Safety Violations While your children ride LAUSD buses, we obtained the most recent reports, finding fuel leaks, steering violations that could endanger students, and bad brakes. CBS LA A Level Playing Field for Transgender Students In February, the California Interscholastic Federation adopted a progressive policy, which takes effect in...
By LA School Report | May 3, 2013