LAUSD cuts positions to plug a budget hole without increasing class sizes
June 20 Update: The LAUSD board approved the 2018-19 budget as expected on June 19, and pledged support for a couple new initiatives, including college savings accounts and free college admissions tests. But again, senior district officials forecast that the district was headed towards financial catastrophe in just four years, when reserves are expected to...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | June 13, 2018
Austin Beutner starts work with a biggie: Demystify the LAUSD budget
Austin Beutner’s first day on the job as LA Unified’s superintendent is going to be a long day of listening and learning. He starts before dawn Tuesday at a bus yard and ends with an evening parent meeting. But he’s also intent on helping parents and the greater Los Angeles community learn about the behemoth...
By Laura Greanias | May 14, 2018
A little good news on the budget — and 6 more things to know about LAUSD’s school board meeting
At their last meeting of 2017, the LA Unified school board beefed up sexual harassment policies, reversed support for a state bill that charter schools considered a threat, discussed how to handle upcoming retiree costs of nearly $14 billion, and got a little good news on the budget. BUDGET NEWS More cash is coming from the...
By Mike Szymanski | December 13, 2017
Fewer kids than expected are in LAUSD schools this year – that means $17M less in the budget
LA Unified’s enrollment is dropping even faster than the district projected. There are 12,604 fewer students than last year, a 2.51 percent decline, last month’s official head count showed. The district had anticipated only a 2.1 percent drop. The difference means there will be $17 million less in the 2018-19 budget, and an additional $18...
By Mike Szymanski | October 9, 2017
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24 LAUSD students sharing aviation mechanics scholarships
Two dozen LAUSD adult students will share $10,200 in scholarship money for aircraft mechanics classes operated by the district’s Disvision of Adult and Career Education. Clay Lacy Aviation is offering the scholarship money based on the students’ higher education goals, academic achievements and community involvement at the Aviation Center (AV-Center) at Van Nuys Airport, which is part of...
By Mike Szymanski | September 29, 2015
Tamar Galatzan: Plotting a course for LAUSD’s future
Via LA Daily News | By Tamar Galatzan, LA Unified’s board member for District 3 It’s budget time again in Los Angeles Unified, a process that for the last five years meant agonizing decisions to cut programs, scale back services and lay off employees because of the crippling financial crisis. This year, thankfully, the board...
By LA School Report | May 6, 2014