Morning Read: LAUSD Misspent Millions in Lunch Money
L.A. Unified Misspent Millions Marked for School Lunches At least eight California school districts have misappropriated millions of dollars in funding intended to pay for meals for low-income students — the biggest culprit being the Los Angeles Unified School District, according to a state Senate watchdog group. LA Times See also: KPCC, LA Daily News...
By Samantha Oltman | February 7, 2013
Morning Read: Brown’s Funding Accountability Plan
Brown Details How to Hold Districts Accountable Under Funding Reform Responding to criticism that he is offering flexibility without accountability, Gov. Jerry Brown has offered up specifics on how he would hold school districts responsible for extra money he is proposing to give them for high-needs children under his proposed sweeping reforms of how California...
By Samantha Oltman | February 6, 2013
Morning Read: Hollywood Entering Board Race
Big Hollywood Donors Enter School Board Race for First Time Hollywood donates a lot of money to national political campaigns. Big players in “the industry” have also donated to Los Angeles City Hall races over the years. But L.A. Unified school board races have been way off the radars of these big donors. Until now....
By Samantha Oltman | February 5, 2013
Morning Read: Parent Trigger Lessons for LAUSD
L.A. Parent Group Applies Lessons From Compton, Adelanto Efforts to Take Over School The 24th Street Elementary School Parent Union has received eight letters of interest from groups wanting a chance to reform the school. Six are from established charter schools, one is from a retired 24th Street teacher and one is from L.A. Unified...
By Samantha Oltman | February 4, 2013
Morning Read: Meet the East Valley Candidates
Meet the Candidates: LAUSD School Board District 6, East Valley The next person to represent District 6, which includes schools in areas such as San Fernando, Pacoima, Panorama City and Sun Valley, will hold the position during a critical period. I Am San Fernando Blog See also: LA School Report New System Allows More Students...
By Samantha Oltman | February 1, 2013
Morning Read: CA Charter Law Ranked 7th
Report Ranks California’s Charter School Laws 7th Strongest in Nation The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools ranked California 7th for its charter school laws among the 42 states and the District of Columbia that have passed laws allowing charter schools. EdSource L.A. Schools Supt. Deasy, 4 Predecessors Named in Miramonte Lawsuit The lawsuit alleges...
By Samantha Oltman | January 30, 2013
Morning Read: Who Will Follow Mayor’s Ed. Lead?
Antonio Villaraigosa Led The Way on Education Reform, but His Potential Successors Are Reluctant to Pick up the Torch For the last eight years, education reformers have had a staunch ally in the L.A. mayor’s office. But in a few months, Villaraigosa will be gone. LA Weekly See also: USC Annenberg, LA School Report LAUSD...
By Samantha Oltman | January 29, 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: Reform vs. Union in Board Race
It’s Reform vs. the Union in LAUSD Race The future of Los Angeles’ public-education reform is at stake on March 5. That’s not hyperbole; that’s the truth about what could happen next election day. LA Daily News Editorial See also: LA School Report LAUSD Principal Failed to Report Alleged Molestation by Teacher A now-retired principal...
By Samantha Oltman | January 25, 2013
Morning Read: Former Teacher Accused of Molestation
Ex-LAUSD Teacher Accused of Abusing 20 Children A former Los Angeles Unified School District teacher was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of committing lewd acts and sexually abusing 20 children and an adult, law enforcement authorities said. LA Times See also: ABC LA Plan to Supply LAUSD Students With Tablet Computers Wins Key Vote Los Angeles...
By Samantha Oltman | January 24, 2013