LA Unified joins forces to stop commercial child sex crimes
As the FBI agent played a video of a 16-year-old caught in a sex ring in Los Angeles, the audience of the Successful School Climate: Progressive Discipline and Safety Committee yesterday remained hushed. Some wiped tears from their eyes. LAUSD Chief Deputy Superintendent Michelle King reviewed the list of local schools where such crimes occurred and she...
By Mike Szymanski | November 18, 2015
Families, attorneys protest to seek end of LAUSD abuse cases
Attorneys representing families of students who said they have been abused by teachers and principals at LAUSD protested outside the school headquarters Tuesday morning, carrying signs that read, “LAUSD Bullies Children to Drop Lawsuits,” “Don’t be Silenced” and “Stop LAUSD Abuse.” “The abuse in the school system continues, and the district should do something about...
By Mike Szymanski | October 27, 2015
LA Unified wants ‘gag order’ for Miramonte sex abuse trial
Attorneys for LA Unified asked the judge in the civil trial against the district involving the sex abuse scandal at Miramonte Elementary School for a gag order, which would prevent anyone involved with the case from talking publicly about it, according to NBC Los Angeles. Jury selection in the case is expected to begin later this month. The case stems from...
By LA School Report | November 6, 2014
Brown Urged to Veto Weakened Teacher Dismissal Bill*
Opposition to a teacher dismissal bill that was weakened through compromises in the California legislature is gathering steam as it awaits the signature of Gov. Jerry Brown. Today Gloria Romero, former state senator and head of California Democrats for Education Reform (DFER), is urging Brown to veto the bill. In an article published in the Orange...
By LA School Report | September 24, 2013
Morning Read: LAUSD to Pay Millions Over Abuse Lawsuits
LAUSD to Pay Nearly $30M to Settle Miramonte Sex Abuse Lawsuits Los Angeles Unified will pay nearly $30 million to settle claims by 58 children who say they were victims of former Miramonte Elementary teacher Mark Berndt, the veteran educator charged with committing bizarre acts of sex abuse against students, attorneys said Tuesday. LA Daily...
By Samantha Oltman | March 13, 2013
Morning Read: Parent Trigger Lessons for LAUSD
L.A. Parent Group Applies Lessons From Compton, Adelanto Efforts to Take Over School The 24th Street Elementary School Parent Union has received eight letters of interest from groups wanting a chance to reform the school. Six are from established charter schools, one is from a retired 24th Street teacher and one is from L.A. Unified...
By Samantha Oltman | February 4, 2013
Morning Read: Meet the East Valley Candidates
Meet the Candidates: LAUSD School Board District 6, East Valley The next person to represent District 6, which includes schools in areas such as San Fernando, Pacoima, Panorama City and Sun Valley, will hold the position during a critical period. I Am San Fernando Blog See also: LA School Report New System Allows More Students...
By Samantha Oltman | February 1, 2013
Morning Read: CA Charter Law Ranked 7th
Report Ranks California’s Charter School Laws 7th Strongest in Nation The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools ranked California 7th for its charter school laws among the 42 states and the District of Columbia that have passed laws allowing charter schools. EdSource L.A. Schools Supt. Deasy, 4 Predecessors Named in Miramonte Lawsuit The lawsuit alleges...
By Samantha Oltman | January 30, 2013
Morning Read: Who Will Follow Mayor’s Ed. Lead?
Antonio Villaraigosa Led The Way on Education Reform, but His Potential Successors Are Reluctant to Pick up the Torch For the last eight years, education reformers have had a staunch ally in the L.A. mayor’s office. But in a few months, Villaraigosa will be gone. LA Weekly See also: USC Annenberg, LA School Report LAUSD...
By Samantha Oltman | January 29, 2013
Morning Read: Incumbents Lead on Direct Contributions
LA Election Fundraising Tops $18M In races for the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education, incumbents easily outpace challengers. LA Daily News L.A. Unified’s College-Prep Push Is Based on False Data San Jose’s school district, which requires all students to pass the classes necessary to apply to California universities, initially reported strong results....
By Samantha Oltman | January 28, 2013