Galatzan raises new concerns about LA Unified bond committee
For the second time in recent weeks, Tamar Galatzan has turned a critical eye toward LA Unified’s Bond Oversight Committee and the role it plays in monitoring district spending on bond-funded projects. At the board meeting on Tuesday, she objected to the BOC’s wholesale approval of a library project that earmarked $116,000 to move library...
By Vanessa Romo | July 3, 2014 10:55 am
LAUSD board hears final arguments on the budget
In a surprising move, the LA Unified Board of Education today moved swiftly through multiple motions that had been expected to be quite contentious. Most board meetings these day, go well into the dinner hour. The highlight, aside from the meeting lasting less than two and a half hours, was a parade of speakers making...
By Vanessa Romo | June 17, 2014 5:10 pm
At midday rally, teachers union insist on cut of new state money
As a prologue to today’s LA Unified board of education meeting, UTLA members rallied outside of LA Unified headquarters calling for a double digit raise, especially after the state Legislature approved the largest budget in state history. “Even more money than what they prognosticated in May is coming in [to our schools],” President-elect, Alex Caputo-Pearl told...
By Vanessa Romo | June 17, 2014 2:24 pm
Public gets last chance to shape LAUSD 2014-2015 budget
*UPDATED The revised budget is in the hands of the LA Unified Board of Education, but the public has a final opportunity tomorrow to weigh in on how the district’s $7 billion budget will be spent. The board has set a limit of 30 speakers to address the six members for two minutes each, to...
By Vanessa Romo | June 16, 2014 9:34 am
When the LA Unified watchdog watches too closely
Via Los Angeles Times | By Steve Lopez Commentary: If Stuart Magruder knew how to play the game, he might still have his volunteer watchdog job today. But he just had to speak up. The arrogance, the temerity, the insolence. How dare he challenge the leadership of the Los Angeles Unified School District? Exactly what...
By LA School Report | June 16, 2014 8:57 am
Galatzan doubles down in effort to block nominee to bond panel
LA Unified school board member Tamar Galatzan is not going down quietly when it comes to Stuart Magruder, a staunch opponent of the district’s $1 billion iPad program whom the board removed from the Bond Oversight Committee last month. Magruder was the representative of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Galatzan had opposed his renomination to...
By Vanessa Romo | June 5, 2014 1:39 pm