‘Doomsday scenario’ cutting health benefits and increasing class sizes at LA Unified may be averted
The self-described “Doomsday scenario” laid out by LA Unified’s chief financial officer at Tuesday’s school board meeting could have resulted in the loss of 2,000 teacher and administrator jobs by next spring, an increase of up to nine students per classroom, and a halt to saving for teacher retirement benefits. But then, like the cavalry...
By Mike Szymanski | June 15, 2016
Zimmer in costume — a last ditch effort to get input on superintendent
LA Unified board President Steve Zimmer has announced he will be wearing a Halloween costume tomorrow when he visits schools. Oh, it’s not to join festivities planned for many of the LA Unified schools. Rather, he wants to give one last-ditch effort to push people to provide input into the superintendent search by filling out a...
By Mike Szymanski | October 29, 2015
LAUSD fielding 2,600 calls to fix air conditioners during heat wave
As a heat wave engulfed the region yesterday, LA Unified officials fielded 346 calls to fix air conditioning units. By the end of today, they were expecting at least that many more. Tacked on to an existing backlog of calls for air conditioner repair since before school began, LA Unified has about 2,600 requests for...
By Mike Szymanski | September 9, 2015
In robo-call, Caputo-Pearl attacks ‘billionaire’ charter efforts
The Los Angeles teachers union, UTLA, attacked a proposed expansion of charter schools in LA Unified with a robo-call to district teachers from union president Alex Caputo-Pearl, vowing to fight the education reform foundations behind the effort. Mentioning Eli Broad by name in the call, Caputo-Pearl told the teachers that these groups, which include the Broad, Keck...
By Mike Szymanski | August 17, 2015
Kayser cancels participation in two District 5 candidate debates
The debating season kicks off tomorrow night with the first of several scheduled candidate forums for those running in the three contested LA United board districts. But it’s starting with a buzzkill. After committing to appear, board member Bennett Kayser has withdrawn from the first of the District 5 debates, scheduled at the Goodwill Community Enrichment...
By LA School Report | January 27, 2015
For Badger, the campaign to win an LAUSD board seat is personal
This is the next in a series of profiles on candidates running in the March 3 primary for the LA Unified school board. Today’s focus is Elizabeth Badger, a candidate for the District 3 seat. For Elizabeth Badger the race for LA Unified’s School Board District 3 seat is personal. “I’m angry and fed...
By Vanessa Romo | January 26, 2015
LAUSD board honors Marguerite LaMotte, retiring employee
The LA Unified school board honored two people at its meeting Tuesday as retiring 20-year employee Linda Perez received a certificate of appreciation and late board member Marguerite LaMotte was remembered with a moment of silence. LaMotte was a long-serving member of the board when she passed away on Dec. 5, 2013 at the age...
By Craig Clough | December 12, 2014
Ballot order set for 2015 LAUSD board candidate races
* UPDATED The City Clerk’s office today completed verification of petitions to qualify for the March primary in LA Unified’s four school board races. After a random draw of letters, the ballot order is now set for how candidate names will appear. Here’s the way they will be listed: District 1 George McKenna, incumbent (No...
By LA School Report | December 12, 2014
Analysis: LAUSD board contemplates enrollment drop
“Forty years ago we were in competition with private schools. Now, we’re in competition with charters.” That was LA Unified board vice president Steve Zimmer yesterday, speaking at a board committee meeting where the issue at hand was district enrollment. The number of kids attending the district’s traditional schools has been declining since 2003, now...
By Michael Janofsky | December 12, 2014
Cortines backpedals from statement that charters get more
UPDATED* LA Unified Superintendent Ramon Cortines has corrected a statement he made at Tuesday’s board meeting, telling the members in an email that he erred in saying charter schools receive more in state funding than traditional public schools. “One of the problems is the funding of charters versus regular schools. And the charters in the state get...
By Craig Clough | December 11, 2014