Carvalho wants 30 LAUSD high schools to offer online college courses in fall
L.A. Unified Superintendent Alberto Carvalho wants to dramatically increase the number of high schools offering prestigious online college courses for the fall to boost enrollment and increase pathways to college — but so far the goal is elusive. In an interview with LA School Report in early May, Carvalho said he was confident 30 schools...
By Cari Spencer | June 6, 2023
Coliseum Street Elementary teacher named 2023 California Teacher of the Year
Since being named a 2023 California Teacher of the Year, Bridgette Donald-Blue said kindergarteners she has never taught have eagerly approached her in the hallways at Coliseum Street Elementary School. They will say, “Hey Ms. Blue, you’re a teacher leader, I have you as a screensaver on my iPad, we watched your video at home,”...
By Cari Spencer | April 18, 2023
LAUSD senior scores highest in nation on college-level computer science course
For Los Angeles Unified senior Yanxi Rodriguez, there was no sign the school day would deviate from any of the others that had passed in January — until her computer science teacher told her to check her email. “Mr. Flores told me, ‘Congratulations, did you see your email?’ And I’m like, ‘What email? I don’t...
By Cari Spencer | March 7, 2023
With narrow win Kelly Gonez re-elected to LAUSD school board
Los Angeles school board president Kelly Gonez will keep her spot on the panel, but her lack of a significant lead despite her advantages over her novice opponent made the race a stand out. Gonez, who raised $500,000 and major endorsements including the United Teachers Los Angeles, declared victory last month, garnering 51.27% of the...
By Cari Spencer | December 20, 2022
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Meet the candidates in LAUSD school board runoffs: Teacher Marvin Rodriguez opposes charters; boosts community, neighborhood schools
As two LAUSD school board races headed to runoffs in Tuesday’s election, LA School Report interviewed the four candidates vying for the seats. Here is an interview with Marvin Rodriguez, a long-time teacher, who is running against school board president Kelly Gonez: Long-time teacher Marvin Rodríguez hopes to apply his classroom experience to a spot...
By Cari Spencer | November 3, 2022
Meet the candidates in LAUSD school board runoffs: Kelly Gonez touts experience
As two LAUSD school board races headed to runoffs in Tuesday’s election, LA School Report interviewed the four candidates vying for the seats. Here is an interview with Kelly Gonez, currently school board president and district 6 representative, who is running against long-time teacher Marvin Rodriguez: Backed by both United Teachers Los Angeles and charter...
By Cari Spencer | November 3, 2022
Leaving Los Angeles: These 10 LAUSD schools lost the most students during COVID
Enrollment in Los Angeles Unified schools has been dipping for years, declining even more during the pandemic — but which schools saw the biggest drops and why? The enrollment drop of close to 6% during the pandemic came from a concoction of factors including families moving out of state, students switching to non-LAUSD schools with...
By Cari Spencer | October 6, 2022
‘Accelerating change’ for LA students: 7 ways Carvalho aims to fix LAUSD
The spotlight was on Los Angeles Unified school superintendent Alberto Carvalho Monday when he delivered his first back-to-school speech, promising “accelerating change” across the district. “Community reform by nature does not have to be protracted or slow, it can be quick,” said Carvalho in his prepared remarks at the event titled “Imagine the Possibilities” where...
By Cari Spencer | August 11, 2022