LA Unified prearing to sell first bonds from $7 billion Measure Q
Seven years after city voters approved Measure Q, giving LA Unified the go-ahead to borrow $7 billion, the first bond sales from the measure will begin within a month or so, district officials said today. As the largest local school bond measure in California history, Measure Q was requested to upgrade older school buildings and reconfigure...
By Mike Szymanski | November 18, 2015
LA Unified making plans to upgrade buildings most in need
* UPDATED LA Unified is getting close to fixing its schools most in need of repair. Superintendent Ramon Cortines has developed a priority list for rehabilitating 11 campuses, once the Bond Oversight Committee, then the school board approve his plans. In a memo to school board members last week, Cortines said he would present...
By Vanessa Romo | January 21, 2015
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
Ninth St. Elementary: A Polished Gem Near LA’s Skid Row*
When downtown’s 9th Street Elementary closed in 2010 to undergo construction on a gleaming new $54 million campus, its state academic rankings placed it among the lowest of the low, even among similar schools. Now, with a gorgeous new campus and ambitious new principal, the school represents a potential bright spot in a district beset...
By Ryan White | November 15, 2013
$7 Billion for Repairs, But LA Unified to Start With Much Less
It has been almost five years since local voters approved Measure Q, authorizing LA Unified to sell $7 billion in bonds for school repairs and upgrades. Any idea how much has been raised? Zero. Any idea how much of the $7 billion will be available when bonds are sold and spending starts next year? “A...
By LA School Report | October 10, 2013