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Turning a Negative Into a Positive: How Schools Elevate Culture by Emphasizing the Positive

Ama Nyamekye | Posted 01.25.2014 | Los Angeles
Ama Nyamekye

Last week, California educators and families received some exciting news. The state's eighth-grade reading scores showed substantial improvement over the last two years, representing some of the largest gains in the nation. But unfortunately, media coverage focused primarily on overall flat student scores nationwide.

iPads All Around!

Los Angeles Daily News | Barbara Jones | Posted 01.23.2014 | Los Angeles

Los Angeles Unified moved forward Tuesday with the second phase of its plan to equip students with iPads, but added a pilot test of laptops -- a signa...

For the Children: New Skid Row Campus Partners Para Los Niños Charter and LAUSD School

Martine Singer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Los Angeles
Martine Singer

LAUSD and Para Los Niños share a vision for high-quality STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) programming integrated with the services and supports needed by families living in poverty.

Community Power Saved LAUSD Superintendent Dr. Deasy

Ben Austin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Ben Austin

Last week, something extraordinary happened: For one single moment the people of Los Angeles stood together for the simple proposition that we must elevate our kids above our politics. And the people won.

'We're The First In The Country'

Los Angeles Daily News | Barbara Jones and Brenda Gazzar | Posted 01.23.2014 | Los Angeles

After taking a second, deeper look at Los Angeles Unified's controversial iPad project, school board members reiterated their support Tuesday for the ...

Just Kidding, That Will Be $25 Million

Los Angeles Daily News | Barbara Jones | Posted 12.23.2013 | Los Angeles

New questions arose Tuesday about Los Angeles Unified's iPad project, including concerns about ownership of instructional software and new budget esti...

LAUSD President Issues Apology; Seeks Professional Help

Los Angeles Daily News | Barbara Jones | Posted 12.09.2013 | Los Angeles

A day after Los Angeles Unified released two claims accusing him of harassment, school board President Richard Vladovic admitted Tuesday that he'd vio...

LAUSD Fires A Ton Of Teachers

Los Angeles Daily News | Barbara Jones | Posted 01.23.2014 | Los Angeles

The Los Angeles Unified school board has voted to fire 127 educators and accepted the resignations of 110 more since February 2012, when the Miramonte...

How Hard Is This?

Los Angeles Daily News | Barbara Jones | Posted 12.02.2013 | Los Angeles

Los Angeles Unified's ambitious iPad project hit another snag Tuesday, as officials conceded that some schools have temporarily stopped using the tabl...

Governor Brown: No Short Cuts -- No Shortchanging Teachers and Students

Ama Nyamekye | Posted 11.20.2013 | Los Angeles
Ama Nyamekye

Imagine that the DMV -- in an effort to adopt a better test -- suspended all driving exams, but still continued to issue new licenses. That same kind of backwards thinking has produced an equally dangerous education bill in California, one that the governor is considering signing into law.

Teacher Accused Of Sexually Abusing Three Young Students

Los Angeles Daily News | Barbara Jones | Posted 11.19.2013 | Los Angeles

The lawsuit filed Wednesday alleges that teacher Armando Gonzalez kissed, fondled and inappropriately touched three young girls between 2008 and 2010,...

Looking for a Few Good Volunteers...

Tamar Galatzan | Posted 11.10.2013 | Los Angeles
Tamar Galatzan

How do we, as a school district, make volunteering easy and affordable enough to allow everybody to participate, while ensuring that we protect our children? Whether due to budget cuts or increased security concerns it has become more expensive and more difficult to volunteer on our campuses.

LAUSD Fights Back Against Allegations It Violated Teacher Contract

Los Angeles Daily News | Barbara Jones | Posted 10.23.2013 | Los Angeles

Los Angeles Unified's teachers union has filed an unfair labor practice charge against the school district, saying administrators failed to negotiate ...

Why Some LA Parents Are FURIOUS

Los Angeles Daily News | Barbara Jones | Posted 09.24.2013 | Los Angeles

LAKE BALBOA -- Waving signs and chanting "Our kids, our choice," scores of Los Angeles Unified parents and teachers protested the looming transfer of ...

50,000 California Kids Are On This Waitlist

Los Angeles Daily News | Barbara Jones | Posted 08.28.2013 | Los Angeles

There are 6,000 charter schools nationwide, more than 1,000 in California and upwards of 250 in Los Angeles. It turns out, that's not enough. A repo...

Liberating LAUSD's Schools From Budget Cuts and Micromanagement

Ama Nyamekye | Posted 08.21.2013 | Los Angeles
Ama Nyamekye

Amid this healthy debate, we want to remind stakeholders to stay true to LAUSD's movement to localize school control and Governor Brown's mandate to invest dollars directly in students, particularly those with the greatest needs.

Ending Our Punishment Culture

Marqueece Harris-Dawson | Posted 08.04.2013 | Los Angeles
Marqueece Harris-Dawson

We have a responsibility to address the root issue of misbehavior, and do whatever we can to keep the student in school. Our students, and our society, will benefit from more graduates and fewer inmates.

Now That Prop 30 Money Is Trickling In, How Should LAUSD Spend It?

Los Angeles Daily News | Barbara Jones | Posted 08.01.2013 | Los Angeles

With millions in Proposition 30 dollars trickling in and more revenue promised under Gov. Jerry Brown's school-funding plan, Los Angeles Unified board...

Hungry? Too Bad.

Los Angeles Daily News | Barbara Jones | Posted 06.28.2013 | Los Angeles

Los Angeles Unified Superintendent John Deasy has proposed eliminating a classroom breakfast program that feeds nearly 200,000 low-income students dai...

The Hidden Gems That Exist in Our Favorite City

Julia Wasson | Posted 06.17.2013 | Los Angeles
Julia Wasson

As third grade teachers, for many years we have taken our students to the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum in a wooded setting at the top of Topanga Canyon. Luckily, everyone in Los Angeles can experience what we have witnessed year after year.

A More Confident System

Ama Nyamekye | Posted 06.16.2013 | Los Angeles
Ama Nyamekye

LAUSD leadership needs to hear candid and constructive feedback from the community. Then, and only then, will we foster the level of trust and collaboration required to truly lift morale and performance in our public schools.

Summer School.. But Barely

Los Angeles Daily News | Barbara Jones | Posted 05.25.2013 | Los Angeles

Despite fears that Los Angeles Unified would have to cancel summer school this year, officials say they'll be able to hold a limited number of credit-...

Joy Resmovits

The Good News About Teacher Layoffs | Joy Resmovits | Posted 03.14.2013 | Los Angeles

After years of threatening to lay off tens of thousands of teachers due to budget shortfalls, California has some relatively good news: less than one-...

Wanted: A Courageous School Board

Ama Nyamekye | Posted 05.12.2013 | Los Angeles
Ama Nyamekye

We know that our educators are ready and willing to raise the bar for the profession and for our students. To do this, we need courageous and collaborative leaders at the helm of our school system.

Enough With Us vs. Them

Marlene Canter | Posted 05.05.2013 | Los Angeles
Marlene Canter

The LAUSD Board of Education doesn't only matter to special interest groups, teachers, students, or district staff -- it is hugely important for all Angelenos. Educating our kids well forms the basis for a sound economy, healthy communities, and safer streets.