LAUSD board inching closer to final 2014-15 spending plan
The pressure is on for LA Unified schools chief John Deasy and the board of education to work out the details of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) and the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP), the most sweeping overhaul in how California schools are governed and funded in the last 40 years. The state deadline...
By Vanessa Romo | June 9, 2014
Commentary: A plea to pass the ‘Student Need Index’
An open letter to the Los Angeles Unified school board from five district students: Dear board members: We are students who live in South Los Angeles and attend South L.A. High Schools. One of us wakes up early every morning to take two buses to attend Hamilton High School in West L.A. so that she...
By Guest contributor | June 2, 2014
Commentary: Best gift of more money is gift of more time
Under the new Local Control Funding Formula, LA Unified schools in underserved communities will be given $837 million to meet the needs of students in poverty, English learners and children in foster care. It’s not yet clear exactly how that money will be allocated, and it’s still less than what we’ve thrown at iPads. But...
By Ellie Herman | April 16, 2014
Youth asks LAUSD, ‘Where does all the money go?’ in song
Community groups big and small, have responded collectively to the extra $332 million coming into the district via the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), Governor Jerry Brown‘s signature K-through-12 education initiative. For now, only a few schools have complete autonomy in deciding how the money should be used although more will gain the freedom over the next...
By Aaron Stella | April 9, 2014
UTLA raises may be on the horizon but not negotiations
Within LA Unified’s proposed budget for 2014-2015, Superintendent John Deasy includes a line item for teacher raises. However, in the absence of a contract for the last three years between the district and the teachers union, United Teachers of Los Angeles, labor talks remain at a complete standstill, raising questions about just how much remains “TBD.” “Neither...
By Vanessa Romo | April 9, 2014
LA Unified board to Deasy on budget: ‘go further, faster’
Months in the making, LA Unified’s $6.8 billion budget, along with an extra $332 million through the Local Control Funding Formula, finally reached the school board today, as Superintendent John Deasy walked the members through its highlights, pointing to dozens of areas where the new money is going. His presentation was the featured attraction at...
By Vanessa Romo | April 8, 2014
Unions have lukewarm response to Deasy’s new budget proposal
The budget proposal LA Unified Superintendent John Deasy will present to the school board tomorrow has won lukewarm responses from three of the district’s biggest labor partners — the teachers union (UTLA), the principals union (AALA) and the support workers union (SEIU Local 99). After reviewing documents the district released on Friday, each group expressed cautious...
By Michael Janofsky | April 7, 2014
Deasy releases draft of LAUSD’s next budget, with new money
LA Unified Superintendent John Deasy made public today the first draft of a $6.8 billion budget for the 2014-15 school year, a presentation that offered the first glimpse of how the new Local Control Funding Formula is going to work. The budget will be formally presented to the school board on Tuesday, after which the...
By Vanessa Romo | April 4, 2014
Battle lines forming in LA Unified for ‘Local Control’ spending
The battle over the new money coming into LA Unified from the state’s new Local Control Funding Formula starts in earnest tomorrow when Superintendent John Deasy lays out his plan for the 2014-15 budget. Deasy is meeting with reporters to unveil his spending priorities plan for an estimated $390 million the district will receive in...
By Vanessa Romo | April 3, 2014
Dip in enrollment could cost LAUSD hundreds of millions
The Los Angeles Unified School District is losing an average of 2.6 percent of students attending traditional public schools — that’s about 56,000 kids — and it’s costing the district hundreds of millions dollars each year. By the current formula, which calculates how much money goes to districts based on student attendance, about $292.4 million will...
By Vanessa Romo | March 18, 2014