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Los Angeles Unified School District

Study: LAUSD Has 23 Of 39 'Worst' Schools In State

Los Angeles Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

A new list of California's lowest-performing schools includes 39 from Los Angeles County, and a few surprises are among them. California education ...

LAUSD Officials Expected To Approve Up To 5,200 Layoff Notices

AP | JACOB ADELMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — The board of the Los Angeles Unified School District has voted to send notices of possible layoffs to up to 5,200 teachers and oth...

LAUSD Sued Over Teacher Layoffs

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — A civil rights group has sued the Los Angeles Unified School District and the state, claiming thousands of teacher layoffs deprive...

LAUSD Outsources 30 Schools

Wall Street Journal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

The city's Board of Education voted Tuesday to hand over some of its public schools to charter school operators and teachers groups, part of an unusua...

Tensions High As LAUSD Decides Fate Of Underperforming Schools

LA Daily | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

Protesters gathered outside Los Angeles Unified School District headquarters Tuesday afternoon as its board of directors pondered recommendations to a...

Snatching Outrage From the Jaws of Victory

Charles Kerchner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Charles Kerchner

Superintendent Ramon Cortines has made everyone angry. His recommendation for who should run 30 Los Angeles schools gave everyone a little, but everyone has a grievance.

And the Winner Is? Who Knows?

Charles Kerchner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Charles Kerchner

In the contest to determine who will run the schools for 36,000 Los Angeles students, all the votes are in, except those that count.

LA Unified May Cut School Year

latimes.com | Jason Song and Howard Blume | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

Los Angeles schools Supt. Ramon C. Cortines proposed Friday cutting six days from the school year to help reduce an estimated $640-million deficit and...

Fanning the Flame of Creativity

Ran Klarin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Ran Klarin

The day after Andre smoked pot in the boys' restroom, I enrolled him in our weekly yoga class. That was followed by elective classes in spoken word.

LA Schools' Big Experiment

Charles Kerchner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Charles Kerchner

Think of it as a big chem lab experiment. The Los Angeles Unified School District is testing the hypothesis that allowing a bunch of people to compete for running schools will yield better ones.

Racing for Education Dollars

Charles Kerchner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Charles Kerchner

The California Legislature and Schwarzenegger did cartwheels last week to pass education legislation that is opposed in part or whole by virtually every education interest group in the state.

How to Save the Los Angeles Times, End Rush Hour Traffic, Solve the Housing Crisis (And Not Have to Pay For It)

Brady Westwater | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Brady Westwater

Two of the most important decisions any of us ever make is where we decide to live and what job we choose to accept. Rush hour traffic, however, proves how wrong we all can be.

LAUSD Facing 5,000-Plus Job Cuts

LA Daily News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

The Los Angeles Unified school board is expected to vote on a two-year budget plan today that calls for the elimination of more than 5,000 district po...

LAUSD Chief Aims To Bounce Weak Teachers

LA Daily News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

Los Angeles schools chief Ramon Cortines said Thursday that he's done "coddling" under-performing teachers and plans to streamline district operations...

Father Calls Insurance Company's Decision To Drop Son's Coverage "Attempted Murder"

The Huffington Post | Julian Hattem | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

As part of its Bearing Witness 2.0 project, the Huffington Post is rounding up a few of the best local stories of the day. Rather than continue t...

So Much Is at Stake: The Future of UCLA

Gene D. Block | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Gene D. Block

The Southern California community seems not to see that if UCLA sinks into mediocrity, so do the quality of life and economic vitality of Los Angeles.

What's Next for California Education?

Tabby Biddle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tabby Biddle

Most of you have probably heard about the dire straits public schools in California face, but until you see some numbers comparing school budgets between last year and this year, it doesn't fully hit home.

Green Dot: Proponent of Educational Reform

Micheal McElveen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Micheal McElveen

After Green Dot turned my Watts, L.A. high school into a charter, I felt a sense of inspiration in witnessing and living the transformation process. I should not be the exception.

Stop Tearing the Heart Out of L.A.

Kamala Lopez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kamala Lopez

What is it about Rocio Martinez that makes kids on the edge of the abyss trust her? Well, for one thing, they know that Rosi, as they call her, can relate -- she used to be one of them.

The Day My Union Died

Dennis Danziger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dennis Danziger

Our strike wasn't about us teachers asking for better health care or more money, we were going to protest Cortine's decision to hold back funds allotted for education.

Healthier, Wealthier and Wiser: The Case for Creating Green Schools Now

Matt Petersen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Matt Petersen

As the Congress deliberates the largest stimulus package in history, there is no single better investment that we can make than to help maximize the potential learning and productivity of our children.

I Want to Get Rid of Tony

Dennis Danziger | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dennis Danziger

Every day between 12:36 and 1:31, Tony's behavior ties up a good chunk of my class. There's his late entrance. His refusal to sit in his assigned seat. His refusal to read quietly.