New study finds LAUSD compares well with minority teacher hires
Los Angeles Unified School District represents a “rare bright spot” in hiring of minority teachers in both district and charter schools, according to a study released yesterday from the Albert Shanker Institute comparing nine urban school districts. The study shows that as schools are getting higher levels of minority students, there are fewer minority teachers,...
By Mike Szymanski | September 17, 2015
With White House listening, LAUSD students share concerns, ideas
A group of LA Unified students joined local and national educators last week to describe academic challenges they face and to suggest ideas for what could help them. The four-hour discussion last Thursday evening kicked off a weekend of activities sponsored by UTLA in conjunction with the “White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African...
By Mike Szymanski | August 31, 2015
Gap in instructional time for CA minority students spurs a lawsuit
Via Los Angeles Times | By Steven Ceasar The state Education Department has ignored its obligation to ensure that all California students receive a minimum level of instructional time, predominantly affecting minorities from low-income families, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday. The lawsuit, filed in Alameda County Superior Court by the American Civil Liberties Union,...
By LA School Report | May 30, 2014
ICEF Building Permanent Quarters for View Park Schools in South LA
ICEF Public Schools, a network of K-12 charter schools that focus on sending African American and Latino students from south Los Angeles to leading colleges, is planning to create permanent facilities for its flagship family of schools, View Park elementary, middle and high schools. “Our teachers and staff will have the resources they need and...
By LA School Report | July 25, 2013
LAUSD Suspensions: Not Great, but Not the Worst
Check out this visual breakdown of suspension and discipline rates in school districts across the country, via EdWeek. The positive takeaway is that even three years ago (which is when the data used in this interactive was sampled), LAUSD’s rate of suspensions and expulsions was lower than in many other school districts in the nation. While...
By Samantha Oltman | April 10, 2013
Suspension Rates Vary Widely Among Schools
A new report released by UCLA’s Civil Rights Project adds to a growing collection of data that makes the case against using suspensions and so-called “zero tolerance” policies to discipline middle and high school students. The new report, which looked at middle and high schools across the country, finds significant discipline gaps between white, black,...
By Samantha Oltman | April 9, 2013