Ex-board president emerges as candidate for LaMotte seat
A new candidate has emerged for the LA Unified’s vacant District 1 seat, and it’s someone quite familiar with the job. Genethia Hayes, a former board member and president, told LA School Report yesterday that she would run if there’s an election and would serve if she were appointed. Hayes lost her seat in 2003...
By LA School Report | January 7, 2014
Board relents: no limit on number of speakers for vacancy
It could become the longest school board meeting in LA Unified history. With only one major agenda item at tomorrow’s 6:15 pm special meeting — to fill the District 1 vacancy by election or appointment — the board today removed any limit on the number of speakers addressing the board before action is taken. Previously,...
By LA School Report | January 6, 2014
Pressure building: How, when to fill LaMotte LAUSD board seat*
The sides are digging in. With the holidays offering no break for the forces pushing to fill the vacant LA Unified school board’s District 1 seat, factions have firmly aligned behind US Representative Maxine Waters, for an appointment, and LA County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, for an election. Whatever the six board members decide at a...
By Michael Janofsky | January 6, 2014
BREAKING NEWS: Board postpones vote on LaMotte seat
The LA Unified school board voted today to delay a decision on how to fill the board seat held by the late Marguerite LaMotte until Jan.7 to allow her family to hold a funeral service and interment. A 3-3 vote to consider the options effectively killed the motion to take up the matter four votes...
By LA School Report | December 17, 2013
JUST IN: In reversal, Waters asks for delay on LaMotte vote
Just a day after US Representative Maxine Waters was actively pressing the LA Unified school board to appoint a candidate she favored to fill the vacant school board seat, she reversed herself today and is now urging the board to delay any action until next year. As a press conference she said she is doing...
By LA School Report | December 17, 2013
A full plate for the LA Unified board — LaMotte seat, fixes, iPads
The LA Unified school board is back together tomorrow, with a long agenda highlighted by several high-stakes and, very likely, contentious issues. Foremost is the discussion and probable vote on how to fill the vacant District 1 seat. Marguerite LaMotte’s death on Dec. 4 has left the board with the options of filling the seat...
By Michael Janofsky | December 16, 2013
On LA Unified Board, What’s Old is New Again — More Committees
It’s that time of year again, and naturally, thoughts turn to LA Unified school board committees. Well, probably not, but it is worth noting that what’s old is new again, as the deliberative process has returned, echoes of a bygone, pre-Monica Garcia as president time. Back then, in the middle of the last decade, as...
By LA School Report | November 25, 2013
LA Unified Board Facing Another Long Day of Meetings
Another long day for LA Unified board members is gearing up tomorrow, with their regular meeting at 10 a.m., followed by two committee meetings. Only one item at the board meeting is open to the public: a motion to urge the US Army Corps of Engineers to adopt a new plan, called Alternative 20, to revitalize...
By Vanessa Romo | November 18, 2013
LA Unified Board Votes to Reshape iPad Program
The LA Unified school board re-calibrated its push for technology in the classroom last night, voting to continue into a second phase of its iPad plan but also to launch a pilot test of laptops among high school students. Further technology plans will depend on the outcome of a study. The decision — approved by...
By Vanessa Romo | November 13, 2013
LA Unified Set for a Busy Afternoon of Committee Meetings
It’s a big meeting day at LA Unified’s downtown headquarters, with three committees convening one after another starting this afternoon. At 1 o’clock, it’s the Curriculum and Instruction Committee, chaired by Marguerite LaMotte; followed at 3 p.m. by the Budget, Facilities and Audit Committee, led by Bennett Kayser; and at 5:30 by the Common Core...
By LA School Report | October 22, 2013