Protesters angry over school police weapons plan to disrupt LAUSD board committee meeting
A group of community activists including students and parents plan to disrupt LA Unified’s Committee of the Whole on Tuesday afternoon to protest weapons on school campuses. Fight for the Soul of the Cities is protesting the federal government’s 1033 Program, which outfitted school police with machine guns and other weapons. The local civil rights group is asking that...
By Mike Szymanski | February 22, 2016
Morning Read: State & District Graduation Rates Rise
Graduations Up, Dropouts Down in LAUSD, Statewide High school graduation rates for Los Angeles Unified and districts across California increased last year, with Latino students showing larger gains than their white and Asian classmates, the state Department of Education said Tuesday. LA Daily News See also: LA Times, KPCC Villaraigosa Criticizes Mayoral Candidates Over Education...
By Samantha Oltman | April 10, 2013
Morning Read: Parents Weigh Trigger Options
Parents With Power Over L.A. School Weigh Their Options About 50 parents on Thursday attended a presentation to help them decide who should run 24th Street Elementary School, a campus whose fate is in the hands of families who are trying to change the management of the school under the controversial parent trigger law. LA...
By Samantha Oltman | April 5, 2013
Morning Read: Parent Trigger Proposal Well-Received
Proposal for Parent-Trigger Overhaul at L.A. School Well-Received Leaders of a parent group have endorsed a plan to improve 24th Street Elementary, which would be jointly run by L.A. Unified and Crown Prep charter school. LA Times See also: LA School Report, LA Times Now Teacher Dismissal Bill Off and Running With Committee Approval A...
By Samantha Oltman | April 4, 2013
Morning Read: Teacher Dismissal Plan Moving Ahead
Teacher Firing Bill Gains Momentum Legislation that would make it easier to fire teachers accused of sex crimes against children and other serious offenses appears to stand a good chance of reaching Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk after similar measures repeatedly stalled through the years. SD Union-Tribune Wendy Greuel Re-Starts Campaign With Aggressive Tone On schools,...
By Samantha Oltman | April 3, 2013
Will Armed Adults Limit Mass School Shootings?
Los Angeles schools keep coming up in the national debate over having guns in schools to protect against mass shootings. The National Rifle Association and some San Diego officials have touted the preventative benefits of guns in schools in recent weeks. But in a Daily Beast article published today, former LAUSD students go on the record to express...
By Samantha Oltman | April 2, 2013
Morning Read: UTLA Backs Garcetti for Mayor
Teachers Union Backs Eric Garcetti for Mayor The Los Angeles Teachers Union voted late Wednesday to endorse Eric Garcetti for mayor and Mike Feuer for city attorney in the March 5 primary election. LA Daily News See also: LA School Report GOP Legislators Propose California School Districts Arm Teachers Democratic legislators say bill that would...
By Samantha Oltman | January 31, 2013
Morning Read: Incumbents Lead on Direct Contributions
LA Election Fundraising Tops $18M In races for the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education, incumbents easily outpace challengers. LA Daily News L.A. Unified’s College-Prep Push Is Based on False Data San Jose’s school district, which requires all students to pass the classes necessary to apply to California universities, initially reported strong results....
By Samantha Oltman | January 28, 2013
Morning Read: Board, Teachers Explore Misconduct Reforms
Tamar Galatzan, Warren Fletcher Look at Reforming System for Investigating Teachers A year after the Miramonte sex-abuse scandal sparked a flood of teacher misconduct complaints, a Los Angeles Unified board member and the teachers’ union president have launched separate efforts to devise a more efficient system for investigating allegations. LA Daily News To Lock Classroom...
By Samantha Oltman | January 14, 2013
Morning Read: State Chief Calls for Testing Overhaul
State Schools Chief Urges Cut in Number of Tests Next Year Supt. of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson says second-graders would not be tested in math and English, and most high school tests would be dropped. L.A. Unified chief expresses reservations. LA Times See also: KPCC, LA Daily News Student Test Scores Can Identify Effective Teachers,...
By Samantha Oltman | January 9, 2013