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Los Angeles Unified School District

Breaking Down The Numbers Of LAUSD's iPad Project

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

The Los Angeles Unified board will delve into the district's controversial iPad project -- everything from curriculum and keyboards to infrastructure ...

Back-to-School: Teachers Speak Out

Ama Nyamekye | Posted 11.12.2013 | Los Angeles
Ama Nyamekye

In my role at Educators 4 Excellence, I've had the opportunity to work with two Teacher Policy Teams, interested in creating recommendations to improve the district's often ineffective hiring and retention policies.

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.

Charter School Results Set High Bar for Public Schools

Rebecca Wolf DiBiase | Posted 10.29.2013 | Los Angeles
Rebecca Wolf DiBiase

Here in Los Angeles, the students of KIPP and Alliance are showing that quality public charters are already fulfilling that promise.

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 ...

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.

The Epidemic That's Threatening Our Future. And How Los Angeles Unified School District Is Determined to Reverse It.

Robert Ross | Posted 08.06.2013 | Los Angeles
Robert Ross

In California, fully 58 percent of all disciplinary actions were for that category, not for the serious offenses you might imagine. Almost every state has an equivalent category.

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...

How Can Wal-Mart REALLY Help Improve Our Schools?

Peter Dreier | Posted 07.24.2013 | Politics
Peter Dreier

If the Waltons really wanted to make positive change in children's educations and lives, they would steer far clear of Michelle Rhee and her troublesome track record.

Los Angeles School Kids Will Continue To Receive Free Breakfast Under New Vote

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 05.15.2013 | Los Angeles

Looks like Los Angeles public school students will continue to receive free breakfast in their classrooms. The Los Angeles Unified School District...

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.

An Overwhelming Vote Of 'No Confidence'

Los Angeles Daily News | Barbara Jones | Posted 06.12.2013 | Los Angeles

LAUSD's teachers union issued an overwhelming vote of no-confidence Thursday in the leadership of Superintendent John Deasy as he finishes his second ...

Joy Resmovits

The Good News About Teacher Layoffs

HuffingtonPost.com | 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-...

Steve Zimmer Defeats the Billionaire Boys Club With a Cost-Effective School Board Campaign

Peter Dreier | Posted 05.08.2013 | Los Angeles
Peter Dreier

The Zimmer-Anderson school board race attracted national attention because it was seen as a test of the effort by corporate power-brokers to run schools like businesses, a strategy that they and the media misleadingly call "school reform."

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.

The Billionaires' Threat to California's and America's Schools

John Thompson | Posted 05.05.2013 | Los Angeles
John Thompson

Why should beliefs by some trump the democratic rights of others? It should be up to the voters, rather than the courts, to decide whether our policies based on social science or the billionaires' hunches should be the law of the land.

Who Are the Billionaires Trying to Defeat Steve Zimmer?

Peter Dreier | Posted 05.03.2013 | Los Angeles
Peter Dreier

The race for LA's District 4 seat is ground zero in this battle over the corporate take-over of public education. The outcome of Tuesday's election has national implications in terms of the billionaires' battle to reconstruct public education in the corporate mold.

Why Are Walmart Billionaires Bankrolling Phony School 'Reform' In LA?

Peter Dreier | Posted 04.30.2013 | Politics
Peter Dreier

As a business chain, Walmart has spent a fortune trying to break into the Los Angeles retail market with its low-wage retail stores. Now the Walton family is trying to use that fortune to bring Walmart-style education to Los Angeles.

L.A.'s College-Prep Push Is Based On False Data

| Sarah Butrymowicz and Howard Blume | Posted 01.28.2013 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report. Eleven years ago, the San Jose school district began requiring all students to pass the cl...

Failing LAUSD School Targeted In Parent Trigger Law Petition

Reuters | Posted 03.17.2013 | Los Angeles

By Brandon Lowrey LOS ANGELES, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Parents at an underperforming Los Angeles elementary school are seeking to wrest con...

Why The Teacher's Union Is Spending $4 Million To Oust This Woman

| Posted 02.20.2013 | Los Angeles

This story comes courtesy of LA Schools Report. By Hillel Aron East LA native Monica Garcia only planned on working for LA Unified for three wee...

Controversial LA Schools Grant Approval Measure Passes After Fierce Debate

| Hillel Aron | Posted 02.12.2013 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of LA School Report. A controversial proposal written by Richard Vladovic to give the school board the authority to...

Tensions Erupt Into Shouting Match At LAUSD Board Meeting

Los Angeles Daily News | Barbara Jones | Posted 02.11.2013 | Los Angeles

With the groundwork laid for a new digital-learning plan, a request for a strategy to buy computer tablets for all students erupted Tuesday into a sho...

L.A. Unified, Teachers Union Reach 'Historic' Agreement On Teacher Evaluations

Posted 12.03.2012 | Education

The Los Angeles Unified School District and its teachers union have reached what is being called a “historic” tentative agreement to incorporate s...