Exactly how many students really did start school at LAUSD?
How many students actually started school last week at LA Unified? It’s a question that the second-largest school district in the country is a bit sensitive about, especially because enrollment means money. The media cavalierly bandied about a wide array of numbers that may not seem significant but can equate to a difference as big...
By Mike Szymanski | August 25, 2016
Sylmar students stage walk-out in solidarity; principal says the brawl wasn’t race related
Although the brawl that took place on the Sylmar High School campus Monday is garnering national attention, it’s for the wrong reasons. “It was not race related, it was not about bullying,” said principal James Lee, who came to the school four years ago. Lee allowed students to take over the stage on Wednesday night at...
By Mike Szymanski | May 12, 2016
JUST IN: LAUSD nearing $6 million settlement with Apple, Pearson
LA Unified Superintendent Ramon Cortines said yesterday the district is close to finalizing a $6 million-plus settlement deal with Apple and Pearson over the botched iPad program. In a statement this afternoon, the district confirmed that it was engaged in “cooperative discussions with our vendors” to resolve concerns about the the companies’ contribution to the district’s...
By Mike Szymanski | September 11, 2015
LIVESTREAM coverage of today’s LAUSD School board meetings
Today the LA Unified Board of Education will hold three meetings, the first, being their Annual meeting to elect a new president. It is expected, however, that the current president, Richard Vladovic, will win a second term with no contest, as no challengers have stepped forward. The agenda for that meeting is here. Following the...
By LA School Report | July 1, 2014
After year of iPads only, laptops are making LAUSD debut
Not too long ago the iPad train barreling toward LA Unified seemed unstoppable. At the beginning of the school year, it was a given that all district students would have an Apple device in their Millennial and Generation Z hands by the end of 2016. But after a series of very public blunders and intense...
By Vanessa Romo | June 30, 2014
LAUSD board may wait for new member before electing president
In its final meeting of the 2013-14 fiscal year, the LA Unified school board may decide to break tradition by delaying the annual vote for board president. Normally, board members elect a new leader for the coming year during a summer meeting prior to the start of the next academic year. But the members may...
By Vanessa Romo | June 23, 2014
LAUSD board hears final arguments on the budget
In a surprising move, the LA Unified Board of Education today moved swiftly through multiple motions that had been expected to be quite contentious. Most board meetings these day, go well into the dinner hour. The highlight, aside from the meeting lasting less than two and a half hours, was a parade of speakers making...
By Vanessa Romo | June 17, 2014
Public gets last chance to shape LAUSD 2014-2015 budget
*UPDATED The revised budget is in the hands of the LA Unified Board of Education, but the public has a final opportunity tomorrow to weigh in on how the district’s $7 billion budget will be spent. The board has set a limit of 30 speakers to address the six members for two minutes each, to...
By Vanessa Romo | June 16, 2014
When the LA Unified watchdog watches too closely
Via Los Angeles Times | By Steve Lopez Commentary: If Stuart Magruder knew how to play the game, he might still have his volunteer watchdog job today. But he just had to speak up. The arrogance, the temerity, the insolence. How dare he challenge the leadership of the Los Angeles Unified School District? Exactly what...
By LA School Report | June 16, 2014