Bad LAUSD experience led Carl Petersen to school board race
* UPDATED This is the next in a series of profiles on candidates running in the March 3 primary for the LA Unified school board. Today’s focus is Carl Petersen, a candidate for the District 3 seat. If Carl Petersen does not win the crowded LA Unified school board race for District 3, it...
By Craig Clough | February 2, 2015
LA Unified board to consider request to delay computer tests
In its first meeting of 2015, the LA Unified school board tomorrow will debate a range of issues, from students’ eating alone to farm workers’ pay. But it’s the issue of state testing that will have the most immediate and significant impact on more than 300,000 district students. Adding a powerful voice to the growing opposition...
By Vanessa Romo | January 12, 2015
Garcetti wades into LAUSD politics, endorsing Galatzan
Mayor Eric Garcetti, who rarely insinuates himself into Los Angeles public school politics, is endorsing Tamar Galatzan for a third term representing LA Unified’s District 3 board seat. “Tamar is an innovative problem-solver and a strong and thoughtful advocate for Valley schools and kids,” Garcetti said in a news release from the Galatzan campaign. “She...
By LA School Report | January 12, 2015
Charter group endorsing 3 (of 4) incumbents for LAUSD board
The political arm of the California Charter Schools Association, CCSA Advocates, is endorsing three of the four incumbents seeking reelection to the LA Unified school board in March. The exception is Bennett Kayser, a staunch charter opponent who has represented board District 5 since 2011. Kayser is so closely aligned with the teachers union, UTLA,...
By LA School Report | January 9, 2015
SEIU 99 endorses all incumbents in 2015 LAUSD board races
SEIU Local 99, one of LA Unified’s largest and most powerful labor partners, announced today it is backing all of the incumbents running for a district school board seat in 2015. After a town hall meeting for their members, the union representing nearly 40,000 cafeteria workers, bus drivers and special education assistance, among others, made...
By Vanessa Romo | December 19, 2014
Don’t go away: Big LAUSD headlines are on the way for 2015
* UPDATED As LA School Report prepares to shut down for the year — and gear up for a long holiday Tamale Fest and Eggnog-a-thon — we’d like to take a moment to look ahead at the big stories awaiting us in 2015. So grab your snow globe, give it a good shake and look into...
By Vanessa Romo | December 19, 2014
Fighting teen violence in LA Unified but not spending to do it
One of the more contentious moments at yesterday’s LA Unified board meeting was a debate over a resolution to “Promote Healthy Relationships and Prevent Teen Dating Violence” No one disagreed with the intent or with asking Superintendent Ramon Cortines to deliver a report to the board early next year on how to implement such a program....
By LA School Report | December 10, 2014
Computer Science Education Week kicks off at LAUSD
A kickoff event at North Hollywood High School highlighted LA Unified’s participation in Computer Science Education Week and the Hour of Code as students in the school’s Introduction to Data Science class listened to a number of guest speakers before demonstrating their coding skills. LA Unified board member Tamar Galatzan spoke, as did Microsoft’s Sam Stokes,...
By Craig Clough | December 9, 2014
Man arrested at LAUSD board meeting for ‘annoying’ calls
A man known for aggressive and sometimes belligerent public comments at LA Unified school board meetings was arrested outside a board committee meeting at district headquarters on Oct. 28 and charged with three misdemeanor counts of making “annoying” phone calls to board member Tamar Galatzan months before. The man, George Buzzetti, 67, has been speaking...
By Craig Clough | November 25, 2014
Commentary: More study needed on LAUSD ethnic studies
By Tamar Galatzan | Via Los Angeles Daily News At first glance, the proposal to increase the number of ethnic studies classes in Los Angeles Unified schools sounds like a good idea. After all, students would undoubtedly benefit from a deeper understanding of their neighbors and themselves. However, the resolution scheduled for a school board...
By LA School Report | November 17, 2014