Commentary: We are asking the wrong questions about flavored milk
By Brent Walmsley I’d like to respond to the upcoming LAUSD board vote regarding a return of flavored milk at targeted LAUSD pilot schools to study if there will be a decrease in waste. At the moment, there is a lobby attempting to bring sugar-infused (flavored) milk back into schools. The arguments to do this have...
By Guest contributor | October 14, 2016
Teachers planning to protest charter plan as LAUSD board convenes
As the LA Unified board is holding its monthly meeting tomorrow, the teachers union, UTLA, is planning a sidewalk protest against the Broad Foundation’s plan to expand the number of charter schools in the district. The demonstration follows the release today of a Broad-commissioned poll, showing that a large majority of city residents want more choices...
By Mike Szymanski | October 12, 2015
‘Good Food’ guidelines on LA Unified board meeting table
Board Member Steve Zimmer has food on his mind. When the LA Unified school board gathers again tomorrow, Zimmer will be seeking a detailed and comprehensive look at how the district spends more than a $100 million to buy food and deliver meals to students throughout the district. He is proposing a wide ranging resolution to...
By Vanessa Romo | November 17, 2014
Ratliff asking for review of LAUSD litigation costs over last 5 years
Building on her success investigating LA Unified’s controversial iPad program, Board Member Monica Ratliff is now asking for an overall examination into how the district allocates support for legal matters as a way to find added funding for improving school safety. In two resolutions set to come before the board next Tuesday, Ratliff is calling...
By Vanessa Romo | November 13, 2014
JUST IN: Plan to use ‘Need Index’ to go before LAUSD board
*UPDATED In a surprise move, LA Unified school board will consider a resolution that supports the use of an alternative formula, known as the “Student Need Index,” in deciding how to distribute school funds throughout the district. LA School Report has learned that Monica Garcia and Board President Richard Vladovic have agreed to co-sponsor a resolution to put...
By LA School Report | May 1, 2014
SEIU 99 president ‘still thinking’ about LAUSD board seat
Barbara Torres, president of SEIU Local 99, is “still thinking about running” for a seat on the LA Unified School Board against incumbent Bennett Kayser despite concerns raised by the union’s executive director, says her campaign manager Lewis Myers. “She has not made her decision yet,” Lewis told LA School Report. “There is a lot of...
By Vanessa Romo | April 28, 2014
LAUSD board approves multi-year contracts for senior staffers
In another sign of improving financial fortunes for LA Unified, the school board today approved multi-year contracts for many of the district’s most senior staff. In a break from previous years, when high level administration staffers worked on one-year contracts, several of Superintendent John Deasy’s most senior aides were given contracts of two and, in...
By Vanessa Romo | April 22, 2014
LAUSD board approves a student voice, but not how to get it
A grand plan by Steve Zimmer and Bennett Kayser to put a student voice on the LA Unified School Board hit a road block today when the board accepted the idea in principle but delayed adopting a plan for how to do it. In a 50-minute debate, board member Tamar Galatzan was the first to lead the...
By Vanessa Romo | April 8, 2014
Alex Johnson opens wide lead in fundraising for District 1 seat
The money chase is on. Through the first reporting period for LA Unified’s open District 1 board seat, Alex Johnson has opened a wide margin over the other six candidates in the race. Johnson, an education aide to LA County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas who has backing from his boss, as well as former congresswoman Diane Watson and...
By LA School Report | March 25, 2014
Quietly, LA Unified gets a voice in place for District 1
After school board member Marguerite LaMotte died, her district — which stretches from Palms to Central Los Angeles — went without a voice for 89 days. That ended Tuesday, when the Los Angeles Unified School Board hired Sylvia Rousseau as a temporary “liaison” for the community. The appointment approved by unanimous consent after little fanfare...
By Vanessa Romo | March 6, 2014