LAUSD summer school had better teaching, higher grades and 758 graduates in August
Innovative summer school practices are credited with helping 758 students graduate through a credit recovery program, and grades were significantly higher as LA Unified went out of its way to increase the quality of the teachers giving the summer school instruction. “We are emphatically keeping high standards for summer school like we do during the school...
By Mike Szymanski | September 16, 2016
Federal program makes sure students won’t go hungry over summer
Students who depend on eating at school for their one — and sometimes only — meal of the day will be able to more easily find a location for free meals during the summer. The expansion of the federal Summer Food Service Program will provide more meals to children and teens 18 years and younger...
By Mike Szymanski | May 27, 2016
LAUSD: Summer school is expanding. More seats, more fun classes, plus sleep later!
Summer school is expanding, plus it’s going to be fun again. That’s the message Janet Kiddoo, LA Unified’s intervention administrator for Beyond the Bell, brought Tuesday in a report to the Curriculum, Instruction and Educational Equity Committee. “Whoever thought people would get excited about summer school?” Kiddoo said. “People are very excited, and there are such passionate and...
By Mike Szymanski | April 5, 2016
Another LAUSD year is ending, but summer school is starting
As LA Unified students throw aside their books and backpacks on Thursday, the last day of school this year, they will be quick to pick them up again as summer session begins June 15, less than two weeks after the academic year ends. This break-neck start to summer programming is due to the early start...
By Hayley Fox | June 2, 2015
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Freedom Schools strengthen, empower LA Unified students
Every morning for the last six weeks, Dorsey High School senior Christian Moton has been taking part in a highly charged and energetic morning ceremony when he sings, chants and cheers. “They host Harambee here. Harambee really brings out people’s spirit,” Moton told LA School Report. The daily Harambee, which means “all pull together” in...
By Yana Gracile | July 23, 2014
LAUSD expands search to find enough summer school teachers
As LAUSD kicked off its newly expanded summer school program last month, accommodating more students than ever before, one thing became clear: Sometimes, more money means more problems. And one problem district officials didn’t anticipate was finding enough teachers who wanted to work in the summer. Without a sufficient number, the district scrambled to fill...
By Yana Gracile | July 3, 2014
With huge boost in budget, LAUSD expands summer school
LA Unified’s summer school programs are getting a massive injection of money this year, to a whopping $29 million from the current $1 million budget. The surge of cash, drawn from a combination of sources, will increase access to classes for struggling students by 600 percent over the previous two years. Altogether, approximately 60,000 students from...
By Vanessa Romo | May 6, 2014