King asks LAUSD managers to tell her how they would slash 30 percent from their budgets
By Kyle Stokes Superintendent Michelle King has asked managers in the Los Angeles Unified School District’s central offices to submit plans outlining how they would slash their departments’ budgets by 30 percent in the coming fiscal year, according to a memo obtained by KPCC. For now, it’s just a planning exercise. But top district officials say...
By LA School Report | September 19, 2016
Morning Read: Parents Weigh Trigger Options
Parents With Power Over L.A. School Weigh Their Options About 50 parents on Thursday attended a presentation to help them decide who should run 24th Street Elementary School, a campus whose fate is in the hands of families who are trying to change the management of the school under the controversial parent trigger law. LA...
By Samantha Oltman | April 5, 2013
Could Prop 30 Money Go to Pension Fund?
The California Teachers Pension Fund (CalSTRS), the largest fund of its kind in the United States, is facing a $70 billion budget crisis, and there are growing concerns that Prop 30 money could be diverted from local schools and into the pension system. A Huffington Post article on Wednesday pointed to a recent report from...
By Samantha Oltman | April 4, 2013
Morning Read: LA Teachers to Vote on Deasy, District Policies
LAUSD Teachers Set to Vote on Confidence in District, Union Policies Los Angeles Unified’s 40,000 teachers will be polled next month on their confidence in Superintendent John Deasy and whether they want their union to ratchet up demands for higher pay, smaller classes and an end to many of the district’s reforms. LA Daily News...
By Samantha Oltman | March 25, 2013
California Teen, a ‘16 Under 16 in STEM’, Gets a Big Surprise on The Kelly Clarkson Show
How One Middle School Principal is Using TikTok to Build School Culture & Recruit Teachers
Startling 96% of School Tech Exposes Student Data, Research Finds
A New Playbook to Recruit Tutors: Tap Teachers in Training
Morning Read: Budget Forecasts – and Pink Slips
Despite Increase in Funding, School Districts Still Sending Layoff Notices to Teachers Year after year, March 15th has been a date of dread for California public school teachers. The date, wAhich falls on a Friday this year, is the preliminary deadline for school districts to send out “Reduction In Force” notices for cuts to next...
By Samantha Oltman | March 12, 2013
Morning Read: Voters Head to Polls for School Board, Mayor
With Reform Fervor in the Air, Local School Board Elections See Record Outside Spending This year, huge amounts of money and passion are flowing down the ballot into the school board elections — part of an all-out war over public school reform. KCET See also: LA School Report Late Donations Bolster Pro-Deasy School Board Candidates...
By Samantha Oltman | March 5, 2013
Morning Read: Looming Federal Budget Cuts on Education
Sequestration: What Southern California Stands to Lose The Southland is bracing for massive cuts in federal spending at the end of the week, with education and airport officials in particular worried about the impact of the impending reductions. LA Daily News See also: LA Times, KPCC, SI&A Cabinet Report Senator Proposes Pushing Back Teacher Layoff...
By Samantha Oltman | February 26, 2013
UTLA, LAUSD Prep for Prop. 30 Budget Battle
Conflicting priorities over how to spend an influx of $6 billion in statewide Prop. 30 funds are causing tensions between LAUSD and the teachers union, UTLA. As a recent UTLA newletter reveals, concerns about how the money will be spent are one of the reasons that the union is so focused on the outcome of...
By Samantha Oltman | February 6, 2013
Morning Read: Brown’s Funding Accountability Plan
Brown Details How to Hold Districts Accountable Under Funding Reform Responding to criticism that he is offering flexibility without accountability, Gov. Jerry Brown has offered up specifics on how he would hold school districts responsible for extra money he is proposing to give them for high-needs children under his proposed sweeping reforms of how California...
By Samantha Oltman | February 6, 2013
Morning Read: Union Wants Reduced Class Sizes
CTA Targets Class-Size Waivers The almost automatic approval that school districts have received for class-size waivers from the California State Board of Education during the past four years may be facing serious opposition from the state’s powerful teachers lobby. SI&A Cabinet Report Rockers Help Students Roll on Toward Understanding Members of Ozomatli visit Hawthorne High...
By Samantha Oltman | January 23, 2013