Do LA charter schools really screen out special education students?
Accusations that charter schools screen out special education students or discourage them from enrolling have returned with a controversial plan by the Broad Foundation to expand charter enrollment at LA Unified. After the president of the LA teachers union, Alex Caputo-Pearl of UTLA, raised the issue a year ago, telling the Los Angeles Times a year...
By Craig Clough | October 5, 2015
Feds: California no longer ‘needs intervention’ on special education
After receiving one of the worst rankings over four years, California moved up a notch this year in the federal government’s evaluation of its special education efforts. As one of three states in 2014 that received a “needs intervention” ranking in special education from the U.S. Department of Education, California this year jumped one level, to...
By Craig Clough | July 9, 2015
LAUSD planning summer school for special ed, struggling students
With more than two months remain before the end school year, LA Unified officials are making summer school plans for special education students and students who have failed at least one mandatory class for graduation. It is the second straight year the district is offering struggling students the opportunity to catch-up on subjects after years...
By Vanessa Romo | March 31, 2015
Task force report would overhaul LAUSD’s special education
New recommendations from a statewide task force would have huge ramifications for LA Unified and its roughly 82,000 special education students. The Statewide Task Force on Special Education’s report, “One System: Reforming Education to Serve all Students,” calls for a number of blockbuster moves, including a much greater integration of special education students into general education...
By Craig Clough | March 9, 2015
LA Unified computer problems hampering special ed teachers
Two weeks into the new school year, LA Unified administrators are still working out bugs in a new computer system, a disruption that has made instruction particularly difficult for special education teachers, who need specific information for each of their students.. The new MiSiS — My Integrated Student Information System — is designed to track...
By Yana Gracile | August 19, 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
Morning Read: Michelle Rhee Brings Ed Reform to California
Taking a Crack at California’s Education System Michelle Rhee came to prominence as the tough-minded chancellor of Washington, D.C., schools. Now she’s in Sacramento, taking on this state’s system — and its teachers unions. LA Times See also: L.A. Now Live Chat on Rhee and California’s Public Schools U.S. Ed Department Agrees to Review 9...
By Samantha Oltman | March 27, 2013
Morning Read: Prop. 30 Losing Support
Support Plunges for Prop. 30, Gov. Jerry Brown’s Tax Initiative Only 46% of registered voters now support Prop. 30, a drop of 9 percentage points over the last month, and 42% oppose it. LA Times See also Ed Source Molly Munger’s Prop. 38 Is Spoiling Jerry Brown’s Prop. 30. She’s Not Sorry. Both proposals could...
By Hillel Aron | October 25, 2012
Morning Read: Proposition Countdown
How Will You Vote on California’s Propositions? Let’s Start With the Biggies, Props. 30 and 38 The future of California’s education system will be decided Nov. 6, when voters consider two dueling propositions that would raise taxes to support public schools. Daily News Prop. 30 Inspires Voter Registration Drives Aimed at Students Gov. Jerry Brown’s...
By Hillel Aron | October 15, 2012
Morning Read: Prop. 38 Debate Heats Up
Leg Analyst: Prop. 38 Won’t Stop $6 Billion in Trigger Cuts to Schools CTA Blog: During a September 24 hearing, a member of the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst Office’s team told members of the Assembly Budget Committee that Proposition 38 would not prevent $6 billion in automatic or trigger cuts to public education in 2011-2012. TV ads for...
By Hillel Aron | September 25, 2012