Local Groups to LA Unified Board: Let Schools Decide Spending
A broad coalition of more than 40 community and advocacy groups is jumping into LA Unified’s prolonged spending debate, urging the board to allow individual schools, rather than centralized administrators, to decide how to spend the billions of dollars coming into the district from Gov. Jerry Brown‘s Local Control Funding Formula program. Organized by the...
By Michael Janofsky | September 30, 2013
Events: What’s Next for Education in LA?
Later today about 200 education leaders are gathering at United Way’s “End of the School Year” event to discuss what’s next for education in Los Angeles. The bulk of the meeting will focus on the launch of a new education coalition, Communities for Los Angeles Student Success (CLASS), a collaborative of major civil rights, education...
By Brianna Sacks | June 6, 2013
Parents Rally for Classroom Breakfast
At an event promoted by United Way of Greater Los Angeles held in front of LAUSD headquarters, parents and educators called on UTLA and LAUSD to “put politics aside and continue the successful program, which provides a nutritious breakfast at nearly 300 schools.” Earlier this week, Take Part explored the controversy surrounding the program. Previous...
By Alexander Russo | May 9, 2013
Local Groups Join Up for School Improvements
A panoply of community groups and education-related organizations are forming a super-coalition called “Communities for Los Angeles Student Success” (or CLASS) in an effort to help fill the void that is expected to be left when Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa leaves office in July. “The mayor had a large bully pulpit when it came to education,” said Ryan...
By Hillel Aron | April 11, 2013
LAUSD Leadership Shares Stage with Big-Money Donors
In addition to the high-pressure appearance of the candidates for Mayor of Los Angeles, the United Way summit at the LA Convention Center yesterday also included a morning discussion featuring LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy, School Board President Monica Garcia, and school reform funders Casey Wasserman and Eli Broad, Not surprisingly, the like-minded panelists generated little...
By Hillel Aron | February 28, 2013
East LA Forum: District 2 Candidates, Issue By Issue
Held in the Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools complex, Wednesday night’s packed United Way of Greater LA School Board candidates forum provided a somewhat clearer picture of the politics and priorities of the four East LA District 2 candidates who were present. But some candidates were more direct than others about their views on a range of sensitive...
By Samantha Oltman | February 15, 2013
Morning Read: Times Endorses Garcia, Anderson, & Ratliff
LA Times Announces Endorsements for L.A. School Board We would prefer to see more candidates who fall between the two ideological poles, but the realities of L.A. Unified politics sometimes make this impossible. LA Times School Board Candidates Debate Bloomberg’s $1-Million Donation A record-setting donation to Los Angeles school board contests quickly became a topic...
By Samantha Oltman | February 15, 2013
Three Reasons You Should Care Who Wins the School Board Races
This is a guest post by Jason Mandell, Director of Public Affairs at United Way of Greater Los Angeles Recently I was talking with someone about the city’s March 5th election, which includes three hotly contested school board races, and this was her response: “I don’t have children in public schools, so I don’t really care...
By LA School Report | February 13, 2013
District 2 Candidates to Appear at Forum Tonight
LAUSD Board candidates running for a District 2 seat representing East LA will participate tonight in the final candidate forum hosted by United Way of Greater LA. Most of the candidates — Annamarie Montanez, Abelardo Diaz, Isabel Vazquez, and incumbent LAUSD Board President Monica Garcia — are expected to appear at the forum. Robert Skeels has not confirmed,...
By Samantha Oltman | February 13, 2013
Preview: Little-Known Candidates Debut at District 6 Forum
Now whittled down to three candidates — Maria Cano, Antonio Sanchez, and Monica Ratliff — the race for the East Valley’s District 6 features a cast of relative unknowns endorsed by the teachers union. However, one of them — newcomer Antonio Sanchez — is the front-runner by virtue of the additional endorsements and independent expenditure...
By Hillel Aron | January 31, 2013