A hard-won graduation success — after 3 detention camps, 5 probation officers and seemingly no chance
He couldn’t imagine he would ever graduate from high school, or that he’d ever even have a chance. After being released from his second juvenile detention camp, Randy Dwayne May Jr. wasn’t sure what he was going to do. Then came a knock on his door over the summer from Wendy Cholico, a Pupil Services...
By Mike Szymanski | June 10, 2016
Restorative Justice program drastically lowers days lost to suspensions in LAUSD
LA Unified posted a 92 percent decrease in the number of days lost to suspensions as a result of its Restorative Justice program and the district’s new approach to discipline. In the 2007-2008 school year, a total of 74,765 days were lost to suspensions, but that number plummeted to 6,221 in the 2014-2015 school year, according to a...
By Mike Szymanski | March 24, 2016
LAUSD board committees take on Student Bill of Rights, pre-K cuts
LA Unified school board members will be busy this week in a series of committee meetings as a prelude to the board’s monthly meeting next week. The Successful School Climate Committee, chaired by Monica Garcia, will be gathering tomorrow to discuss the implementation of the Student Bill of Rights. The district passed the new set...
By Vanessa Romo | May 4, 2015
Garcia’s School Climate Committee leads LAUSD’s restorative justice era
Rarely, there’s anything more dry than an LA Unified committee meeting, where the minutia of reports and statistics are vetted before they make their way to the full school board. But as the laboratory for forward-thinking ideas surrounding school discipline, meetings of the Successful School Climate Committee are typically anything but dull. Chaired by board...
By Craig Clough | April 3, 2015
Teary mother ‘thanks God’ for LAUSD diversion program
The LA Unified School Board’s Successful School Climate Committee got an update on the district’s diversion program, not only with statistics but also with a student who said it had changed his life and his mother, who said she “thanks God” for it. The program, which has been in effect since the beginning of the...
By Craig Clough | March 27, 2015