LASR poll results: Readers voice support for King as superintendent
A majority of LA School Report readers responding to our latest poll voted that Michelle King was the right choice to be LA Unified’s next superintendent. King, a longtime district insider, was announced earlier this month as the next superintendent after a months-long search that included looking at some outside candidates. Fifty-three percent of those...
By LA School Report | January 19, 2016
LASR poll results: Readers say stop Broad plan to help enrollment
Most readers responding to the latest LA School Report poll said that stopping the Eli Broad-led plan to expand charter schools in LA Unified was the best way to halt declining district enrollment. In light of an LA Unified report that projected huge budget shortfalls due in part to declining enrollment, the poll asked readers, what the best fix...
By Craig Clough | November 30, 2015
Poll: What’s the best way for LAUSD to stop declining enrollment?
An independent Financial Review Panel recently dropped some sobering news: LAUSD is headed toward a financial cliff and, without changes in operation, faces a $600 million budget shortfall by 2019. The reasons for the dark financial clouds ahead are varied, but one often cited is declining enrollment. The district has lost 100,000 students in recent years due to...
By LA School Report | November 23, 2015
LASR poll results: Broad plan is No. 1 concern (for those concerned)
A majority responding to the latest LA School Report poll said the biggest challenge facing the new LA Unified superintendent is the Broad Foundation’s charter expansion plan, which could drain enrollment. More than 50 percent of respondents chose it as No. 1. The second most popular answer expressed a bit of cynicism, as 18 percent chose: “Yikes,...
By LA School Report | October 27, 2015
LASR poll: The biggest challenge for LAUSD’s next superintendent?
The LA Unified school board is currently on the hunt for a new superintendent and may hire one by the end of the year. Needless to say, it will not be a simple task for whoever succeeds Ramon Cortines: The district is facing a growing list of formidable challenges, including several that have generated negative headlines...
By LA School Report | October 22, 2015
LASR poll results: Supporters of Broad on top in photo finish
Folks, this one was down… to… the… wire! Our poll asking readers to share their opinions on the Broad Foundation‘s massive charter expansion plan got lots of votes and even some national attention (thank you, Diane Ravitch). In the end, it was a virtual tie between readers responding with answers that strongly favored the Broad...
By LA School Report | October 20, 2015
LASR Poll: What do you think of the Broad charter expansion plan?
The “Great Public Schools Now Initiative” was unveiled recently and has caused great controversy at LA Unified. Led by the Broad Foundation, it has set a goal of adding 260 charter schools to low-income areas to enroll half of all LA Unified students within eight years. The plan is estimated to cost almost half a...
By LA School Report | October 16, 2015
LASR poll results: Readers value experience, an insider is OK, too
Most readers responding to the latest LA School Report poll said they want a new superintendent for LA Unified with experience, above all, and if the choice emerges from within the district, that’s fine, too. The poll asked straight-forward questions about what was most desirable in the successor to Ramon Cortines, who is expected to...
By LA School Report | October 13, 2015
Broad poll finds large majorities favor LAUSD charter expansion
Nearly 90 percent of Los Angeles residents support improving the city’s public education system, and almost three quarters of them favor expanding charter public schools, according to a poll commissioned by the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation and the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) released this morning. Conducted over 10 days through Oct. 1, the poll comes...
By LA School Report | October 12, 2015
LASR poll: What do you really want in the next LAUSD superintendent?
LA Unified unveiled an online survey this week, asking the public to weigh in on the qualities they would like to see in the next superintendent. Some of the questions are little obvious and may not yield any enlightening information, as George McKenna pointed out at a recent board meeting. Do you want a superintendent who will “establish...
By LA School Report | October 8, 2015