UTLA schedules two forums for president candidates
The United Teachers Los Angeles has announced two additional forums with candidates for president, one at Monroe High School on February 18 and the other two days later at UTLA headquarters. Eight of the 10 candidates faced off in a debate that resulted in at least one consensus: the current state of the union is fractured and plagued with in-fighting. Though fewer...
By Chase Niesner | February 10, 2014
The pathway to LA Unified’s Parent Advisory Committee
With new education tax dollars coming in, LAUSD is quickly assembling a 47-member Parent Advisory Committee as part of its Local Control Accountability Plan, which represents the district’s spending priorities. For parents there’s a two-step process for participating. A local School Site Council identifies interested parents as potential candidates. Then each council nominates one parent of a “low...
By Chase Niesner | February 6, 2014
Aspire charters planning to expand ‘blended learning’ model
Aspire Public Schools, a nonprofit charter school operator with 12 schools chartered through LAUSD, announced this morning that it will expand its blending learning curriculum to all of its elementary schools in the Los Angeles region by the end of the 2015-16 school year. The expansion is supported by The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation,...
By Chase Niesner | February 5, 2014
LAUSD joins partnership to confront school health hazards
An intergovernmental pilot project began last week to address potential environmental health hazards in Southern California schools, with LAUSD as the only school district involved as a core particpant. The six month pilot program, known as the Southern California – Clean, Green and Healthy Schools Partnership, is intended to foster collaboration among local, state and federal regulators...
By Chase Niesner | February 4, 2014
Suspension and expulsion rates decline, in state and LAUSD
A new system for collecting school data shows that statewide suspension and expulsion figures are falling due to policy changes regarding student behavior. Between the 2011-12 and 2012-13 academic years, expulsions decreased by 12.3 percent and suspensions by 14.1 percent. The data also shows LA Unified well ahead of the curve, a trend the state...
By Chase Niesner | January 30, 2014
Fletcher challengers for UTLA top job campaigning online
Candidates in a crowded field to take the top spot at one of the nation’s most powerful teachers union, UTLA, are angling to distinguish themselves online. An online search finds that four of the 10 running, Gregg Solkovits, Alex Caputo-Pearl, Saul Lankster and Bill Gafney, have established a website presence, announcing their candidacies and platforms. UTLA...
By Chase Niesner | January 29, 2014
Survey Shows LAUSD schools not ready for computer tests
When California decided it was out with old standards and in with the new, Common Core-aligned assessments, it was only the start of a long and arduous transition for local school districts in adopting to the new computer-based “Smarter Balanced” tests. That was seven months ago. Now, an internal LAUSD memo released to LA School...
By Chase Niesner | January 28, 2014
City Clerk holding workshop for District 1 board candidates
The Los Angeles City Clerk will conduct a candidate workshop this Saturday for candidates in the LAUSD District 1 Special Election on June 3. This is the only workshop to be held by the City Clerk’s election division, and it’s intended to brief candidates on the procedures related to filing the “Declaration of Intention to Become...
By Chase Niesner | January 27, 2014
United Way honoring 25 ‘Teachers to Watch’
In the United Way’s first Inspirational Teacher Awards, 25 LA Unified “teachers to watch,” will be honored this evening at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, with Mayor Eric Garcetti and Superintendent John Deasy expected to attend. The United Way staff and a panel of district teachers chose the recipients from a pool of nearly 200...
By Chase Niesner | January 23, 2014
California offering $250 million in career program grants
The California Department of Education is setting aside $250 million for school districts to link high school curricula to careers beyond the classroom, an initiative designed to keep students engaged in classes often consider dull and dry, while preparing them for a high-skilled job market. The 40 one-time grants bundled in the Career Pathways Trust –...
By Chase Niesner | January 22, 2014