Darryl Adams got iPads, wi-fi for every student in Coachella. Here’s what he’s up to now
Darryl Adams put an iPad in the hands of every one of the 18,000 students in the Coachella Valley Unified School District, one of the poorest districts in the nation. Then he installed Wi-Fi on school buses and parked those buses throughout the district’s 1,250 square miles, so those kids’ iPads could get online. “The...
By Tim Newcomb | April 21, 2017
Boyle Heights school wins national award for technology
The Math, Science & Technology Magnet Academy at Theodore Roosevelt High School became the first school in the state to win national recognition for leveraging technology. It is also the first time that a school with a predominantly Latino student body received the honor from the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA), according to Eastern...
By Mike Szymanski | July 23, 2015
Aspire charters planning to expand ‘blended learning’ model
Aspire Public Schools, a nonprofit charter school operator with 12 schools chartered through LAUSD, announced this morning that it will expand its blending learning curriculum to all of its elementary schools in the Los Angeles region by the end of the 2015-16 school year. The expansion is supported by The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation,...
By Chase Niesner | February 5, 2014
Low-Income Schools Getting First Wave of New iPads
When school starts on August 13, students on 47 campuses will receive back-to-school gifts: brand new iPads, courtesy of LAUSD’s $30 million first phase of its technology plan, which aims to give every student and teacher an iPad by the end of 2014. And many of the campuses are located south of the 10 freeway....
By Hillel Aron | July 31, 2013
Marathon Board Meeting Signals Changes to Come
As anyone following us on Twitter knows all too well, Tuesday’s School Board meeting was a marathon session that lasted well into the night — much of it accompanied by the sound of protesters drumming on the street outside. Among several key decisions the Board arrived at during the lengthy session were votes to award a...
By Hillel Aron | June 19, 2013
Update: Controversy Awaits $30 Million iPad Vote
The School Board will face a mini controversy tomorrow when it votes on whether or not to to purchase roughly 31,000 Apple iPad tablets at a cost to LAUSD of $30 million. The appropriation would be the first step in Superintendent John Deasy’s ambitious plan of equipping every student and teacher with a touch-screen tablet...
By Hillel Aron | June 17, 2013
A New Way To Forecast Enrollment
Earlier this week, Stanford economist Al Roth — known for having helped Boston, New York, and several other large districts create improved systems to match parent preferences with school choices — was awarded a Nobel prize. On his blog, Roth recently posted an interesting link about LAUSD’s new enrollment projection system, E-Cast, headed by chief prognosticator Valerie Edwards (District...
By Hillel Aron | October 16, 2012
Morning Read: Deasy Extends Partnerships
Deasy Gets Authority Over Approving Outside Control of Schools The LAUSD school board approved giving Deasy the new authority when it approved extensions of agreements with the mayor’s Partnership for Los Angeles Schools and L.A.’s Promise. The teachers union and two school board members called for a delay, seeking a more extensive review of the schools’...
By Hillel Aron | October 10, 2012
Morning Read: Zimmer Withdraws Evaluation Plan
LAUSD Board’s Martinez Wants To Restore Arts Funding In Schools She also wants a commitment to make arts a component of the new Common Core curriculum, integrating skills like drama, drawing and dance into the teaching of math, English and science. The national standards are set to take effect in Fall 2014, and the district is...
By Hillel Aron | October 8, 2012
Morning Read: Prop. 30 Prospects
Prop. 30 Maintains Voter Support CTA Blog: The PPIC survey determined that Prop. 30 is supported by 73% of likely Democratic voters and 53% of independents. More Republicans than Democrats oppose the measure. Ex-LAUSD teacher gets 25 years for molesting 13 Pacoima students Daily News: Chapel, of Chatsworth, pleaded no contest last month to committing lewd acts against seven...
By Hillel Aron | September 21, 2012