JUST IN: Teacher jail numbers rise to 181, costing LA Unified $15 million
A year after LA Unified pledged to expedite employees “housed” in teacher jails, district numbers show that there are more now than there were at this time a year ago. According to numbers requested by LA School Report and released Wednesday, 181 LA Unified staff members are being paid to essentially do nothing while awaiting internal investigations about alleged misconduct,...
By Mike Szymanski | June 22, 2016
Two in LA Unified ‘teacher jail’ plead their cases to school board
Two teachers put in “teacher jail”— but have had no charges filed against them — pleaded their cases to the LA Unified school board last week, asking to be allowed back into the classroom. In both cases, the teachers’ contracts won’t be renewed. Jay Stern and Blake Clement spoke directly to Superintendent Ramon Cortines in their request...
By Mike Szymanski | September 11, 2015
Esquith probe now centers on nonprofit Hobart Shakespeareans
The LA Unified investigation of popular teacher Rafe Esquith is now focusing on the nonprofit theater group he founded in 1989, The Hobart Shakespeareans. “It looks like the bizarre accusations of abuse have been forgotten, and now they’re moving on a request to see 15 years of financial records for the Shakespearean group,” said Ben...
By Mike Szymanski | July 14, 2015
Villaraigosa Expresses Concerns About Teacher Dismissal Bill
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has added his voice to a group of education leaders who are reluctant to support the current union-supported teacher dismissal bill being considered in Sacramento unless it’s amended to address key issues. In an April 19 letter sent to the bill’s sponsor, Assemblymember Joan Buchanan (D-Alamo), Villaraigosa praises Buchanan for...
By Samantha Oltman | April 25, 2013
More Failing Teachers Pushed Out Under Deasy
From LA School Report contributor Hillel Aron: “Bad teachers are rarely fired. In the 2005-06 school year, according to LAUSD’s human resources division, just six of L.A.’s army of 34,000 teachers were dismissed, and 10 were convinced to resign. In 2006-07, those numbers were three and 15…. “Without fanfare, the school district famous for its...
By Samantha Oltman | April 11, 2013
Lawmaker Supports Former Opponent’s Teacher Dismissal Bill
State Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) announced Thursday that he was shelving SB 10, his controversial bill intended to speed up and streamline the teacher dismissal process in California public schools. Now, Padilla plans to join forces with Assemblymember Joan Buchanan (D-Alamo), head of the Assembly’s Education Committee, who introduced her own alternative teacher dismissal bill...
By Samantha Oltman | March 22, 2013
Board, UTLA Have Different Plans to Reform “Teacher Jails”
Both LAUSD Board Member Tamar Galatzan and UTLA President Warren Fletcher have plans to push for reform of the district’s teacher misconduct investigation process, but their plans have different focuses and end goals, according to a LA Daily News report. Board Member Galatzan is focusing on how long the teacher investigation process can take (an...
By Samantha Oltman | January 14, 2013
UTLA Rails Against “Teacher Jails”
United Teachers Los Angeles announced in the latest edition of its weekly newsletter that it plans to push back harder against LAUSD’s so-called “teacher jails,” where teachers accused of misconduct are sent to wait while the district investigates their cases. As LA School Report contributor Hillel Aron wrote in a recent LA Weekly report, teachers sent to “jail” are usually...
By Samantha Oltman | January 10, 2013
One Thing: LAUSD’s Crowded “Rubber Rooms”
From LA School Report contributor Hillel Aron, writing for the LA Weekly: “On the outskirts of LAUSD’s sprawling, mazelike Educational Service Center in Reseda sit seven long, shabby, peach-colored bungalows with barred windows and rotting wood, which all but scream Southern California public education. “In one of them is a roughly 35-square-foot room where 25 or...
By LA School Report | December 6, 2012
Morning Read: Teacher Misconduct Review
State Audit on How LA Unified Handles Child Abuse Claims The results of a state audit on how L.A. Unified handles child abuse claims is set to be released Thursday morning. KPCC California School Districts Face Huge Debt on Risky Bonds Two hundred school districts across California have borrowed billions of dollars using a costly and...
By Samantha Oltman | November 29, 2012