LA Unified joins forces to stop commercial child sex crimes
As the FBI agent played a video of a 16-year-old caught in a sex ring in Los Angeles, the audience of the Successful School Climate: Progressive Discipline and Safety Committee yesterday remained hushed. Some wiped tears from their eyes. LAUSD Chief Deputy Superintendent Michelle King reviewed the list of local schools where such crimes occurred and she...
By Mike Szymanski | November 18, 2015
Families, attorneys protest to seek end of LAUSD abuse cases
Attorneys representing families of students who said they have been abused by teachers and principals at LAUSD protested outside the school headquarters Tuesday morning, carrying signs that read, “LAUSD Bullies Children to Drop Lawsuits,” “Don’t be Silenced” and “Stop LAUSD Abuse.” “The abuse in the school system continues, and the district should do something about...
By Mike Szymanski | October 27, 2015
LA Unified wants ‘gag order’ for Miramonte sex abuse trial
Attorneys for LA Unified asked the judge in the civil trial against the district involving the sex abuse scandal at Miramonte Elementary School for a gag order, which would prevent anyone involved with the case from talking publicly about it, according to NBC Los Angeles. Jury selection in the case is expected to begin later this month. The case stems from...
By LA School Report | November 6, 2014
Brown Urged to Veto Weakened Teacher Dismissal Bill*
Opposition to a teacher dismissal bill that was weakened through compromises in the California legislature is gathering steam as it awaits the signature of Gov. Jerry Brown. Today Gloria Romero, former state senator and head of California Democrats for Education Reform (DFER), is urging Brown to veto the bill. In an article published in the Orange...
By LA School Report | September 24, 2013
Morning Read: LAUSD to Pay Millions Over Abuse Lawsuits
LAUSD to Pay Nearly $30M to Settle Miramonte Sex Abuse Lawsuits Los Angeles Unified will pay nearly $30 million to settle claims by 58 children who say they were victims of former Miramonte Elementary teacher Mark Berndt, the veteran educator charged with committing bizarre acts of sex abuse against students, attorneys said Tuesday. LA Daily...
By Samantha Oltman | March 13, 2013
Morning Read: Parent Trigger Lessons for LAUSD
L.A. Parent Group Applies Lessons From Compton, Adelanto Efforts to Take Over School The 24th Street Elementary School Parent Union has received eight letters of interest from groups wanting a chance to reform the school. Six are from established charter schools, one is from a retired 24th Street teacher and one is from L.A. Unified...
By Samantha Oltman | February 4, 2013