Unsung LAUSD workers starring in Oscar-Nominated ‘The Last Repair Shop’ to walk the red carpet with directors
When the directors of the Oscar nominated short documentary “The Last Repair Shop” walk the red carpet next month, the four LAUSD workers who keep thousands of musical instruments in good repair will be right by their side. The four craftspeople who work in one of the nation’s last free instrument repair shops, are at...
By Sara Balanta | February 27, 2024
LAUSD’s GALA school celebrates its 6th annual Young Women’s Conference
When Samantha Alvarado spoke to a group of Los Angeles elementary school students about her career as an Adidas assistant color designer, she was thrilled when a young female student approached her. “Are you Latina?” the student asked. Alvarado was part of a panel at the Girls Academic Leadership Academy (GALA), in Mid City Los...
By Sara Balanta | August 29, 2023
Solving the Black male educator shortage
It has been 30 years, but Robert Whitman still remembers the impact his high school teacher and football coach had on him, sparking his interest in education as a career. At a school with few Black students or faculty, Whitman saw himself reflected through educator Rhodes Williams —who served as a mentor in Whitman’s academic...
By Sara Balanta | December 6, 2022
How LAUSD families can protect student data after district cyberattack
A Labor Day weekend cyber attack affecting thousands of Los Angeles Unified School District students has families questioning what they can do to keep their information safe. According to an LA Times report hackers used ransomware to freeze and disable some LAUSD systems. “The student management system was touched,” said LAUSD superintendent Alberto Carvalho. Authorities...
By Sara Balanta | September 27, 2022