The 7 hottest California education storylines we’re watching in 2018
While 2017 was undoubtedly a huge year for education in national politics and in Los Angeles, 2018 has the potential to bring big changes to education across California. A new governor, who will appoint a new state Board of Education, will have a significant impact on how education is funded and what students are learning. Here are seven things to...
By Sarah Favot | January 3, 2018
The top 7 charts of 2017: LAUSD by the numbers
It’s been a big year of big numbers at the nation’s second-largest school district. 2017 saw the most expensive school board race in U.S. history, new graduation highs, and soaring employee benefit costs. The lows included a steeper drop in enrollment than predicted, a steady march to a structural deficit, and further financial losses because more students...
By Sarah Favot | December 20, 2017
With $13 billion in healthcare liabilities and union demands for even higher benefits, LAUSD heads back into negotiations trying to stop the bleeding — and prepared if talks break down
*UPDATED With a crushing $13 billion in unfunded healthcare liabilities, LA Unified and its employee unions return to the negotiating table Monday still far apart — unions want increases in health benefits, the district wants to stop the bleeding — so the district is coming prepared. This month it secured the blessing of the school...
By Sarah Favot | December 17, 2017
Despite parent support for a later school start, LAUSD classes will begin in mid-August for next 3 years
Despite more surveyed parents wanting school to start after Labor Day, the LA Unified school board voted Tuesday to keep the current school calendar for the next three years. Classes will begin in mid-August, with a week off for Thanksgiving, a three-week winter break, and a weeklong spring break. The first semester will end before...
By Sarah Favot | December 12, 2017
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Looking for a magnet program? Here’s how parents can use the newly published data on test scores at LAUSD’s magnets
Before LA School Report published a new district database that breaks down state standardized test scores at LA Unified’s magnet programs and schools, parents weren’t able to compare which magnet programs were academically successful and which ones weren’t. Many magnets are a “school within a school,” but the state does not report student scores at...
By Sarah Favot | November 28, 2017
EXCLUSIVE: Here are the high- and low-performing LAUSD magnets
There are high-performing magnet programs in LA Unified, and there are also low-performing ones. Now, for the first time, you can compare them. LA School Report just published a district database that for the first time allows parents to compare how students at all of the district’s magnet schools and programs performed on state tests...
By Sarah Favot | November 27, 2017
EXCLUSIVE: For the first time, parents can now compare student achievement at all LAUSD magnets
For the first time, parents can now compare standardized test results at all of LA Unified’s highly sought-after magnet programs. Because many magnets are a “school within a school” — called magnet centers — students’ academic achievement is not reported by the state separately from the traditional school campus where the magnet centers are located....
By Sarah Favot | November 27, 2017
LA education leaders unite to tell Sacramento: California’s public education is woefully underfunded and the problem isn’t fixed
The city’s education community sent a clear message Tuesday from downtown Los Angeles to legislators in Sacramento: the governor’s funding formula has not “fixed” the state’s woefully underfunded public education system. The LA Unified school board unanimously approved a resolution to spend resources to advocate in Sacramento to double education funding by 2020 to $20,000...
By Sarah Favot | November 14, 2017
LAUSD is poised to join a big push to get more per-pupil money from the state. But where is California ranked, really?
We’re No. 46! No, we’re 41! Or is it 37? How California ranks on per-pupil spending is a numbers game that most everyone believes the state is losing compared to the rest of the country. LA Unified school board members will decide on Tuesday if they will join the local teachers union in a call...
By Sarah Favot | November 13, 2017
LA charter schools win policy changes that give them more clarity, avoid most denials
LA Unified officials and school board members put politics aside Tuesday, agreeing to long-sought policy changes for charter schools and paving the way for unanimous board votes that ended up saving about a dozen independent charter schools from denials. The changes to the rules that govern charter schools and who can make those changes will...
By Sarah Favot | November 7, 2017