Contrary to recent reports, arts in LAUSD starting to expand, says director
Despite recent media reports that the arts are doing poorly at LA Unified schools, the director of the district’s arts programs, Rory Pullens, said quite to the contrary, things are better than they have been in a long time; it’s just that nobody knows it. “We are really encouraged and really excited about what’s been...
By Mike Szymanski | November 5, 2015
AALA has questions about Deasy’s salary; LAUSD robotics win
Two teams from the Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies won the Mini-Urban Challenge Robotics California Regional Competition on March 7 in a competition that took place on their home turf. The two teams have now been invited to compete in the national finals. The Mini-Urban Challenge is a national event that challenges high school...
By Craig Clough | April 2, 2015
Board Member Martinez Touts Union Support & Public Choice
Raised in Pacoima and an alumna of San Fernando High School, District 6 School Board Member Nury Martinez earlier this fall announced that she isn’t running for re-election to the LAUSD board in order to run for City Council (see Martinez Running For City Council). The announcement hasn’t made the four-year board member any less busy....
By Hillel Aron | October 15, 2012
Morning Read: Scrutinizing the Scores
L.A. Schools Improve by State Standards, Not Enough by U.S. Yardstick Just like across California, campuses are at their highest-achieving level yet, but they aren’t keeping pace with rapidly rising federal targets. LA Times Also see stories from the Daily News, Ed Source, City News Service, SI&A Cabinet Report The Times also reports that two L.A. schools this...
By Hillel Aron | October 12, 2012
School Board Round-Up
It was a slightly less crowded, slightly less emotionally charged LAUSD school board meeting Tuesday — at least compared to the last few, thanks largely to board member Steve Zimmer’s postponed resolutions rejecting the use of student achievement in teacher evaluations and scaling back charter school growth. That didn’t stop the meeting from lasting more...
By Hillel Aron | October 9, 2012
Morning Read: District Budget In Peril
Deasy: LAUSD’s Future Rests With Voters Los Angeles Unified is making significant progress in improving its academic achievement and graduation rates, but future gains will be in peril if voters reject a statewide tax hike to fund public schools, Superintendent John Deasy said Monday. Daily News TV News covered the speech as well, including CBS, ABC,...
By Hillel Aron | October 9, 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
Preview: Board Agenda For Tuesday 10/9
You may already have heard that LAUSD Board member Nury Martinez will introduce a motion at the Tuesday October 9 monthly school board meeting to make arts a “core subject” (KPCC: LAUSD considers making arts education a ‘core subject’). And we’ve already told you that Board member Steve Zimmer is holding off on offering a revised...
By Hillel Aron | October 5, 2012
Morning Read: Making Arts “Core”
LAUSD Considers Making Arts Education A ‘Core Subject’ The L.A. Unified school board will vote on a measure Tuesday that would make arts education a “core subject,” prohibit further cuts to the arts, and ultimately restore some money to arts programs. KPCC Fact Check: On Education, Gains Difficult To Demonstrate Education reporter Howard Blume fact checks...
By Hillel Aron | October 4, 2012