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Los Angeles School District Head Expected To Step Down

Reuters | Posted 10.16.2014 | Politics

By Dana Feldman LOS ANGELES, Oct 16 (Reuters) - The Los Angeles schools superintendant is expected to resign after reaching a departur...

This Los Angeles School District Program Has Major Glitches

Reuters | By Alex Dobuzinskis | Posted 11.19.2014 | Technology

By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - An ambitious $1.3 billion program to provide an iPad or other device to every Los Angeles pu...

School Police: We'll Return The Grenade Launchers, Not The Armored Vehicle

Reuters | Posted 11.17.2014 | Crime

Sept 17 (Reuters) - Los Angeles schools' police said on Tuesday it would give up three grenade launchers it acquired for free through a federal prog...

Los Angeles Take Steps To Curb Arrests At Schools

AP | MATT HAMILTON | Posted 10.19.2014 | Politics

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Students caught misbehaving in the nation's second largest school district will be sent to the principal's office rather than the...

Why Los Angeles Sends Failing Students On To The Next Grade

| Molly Callister | Posted 08.15.2014 | Politics

When Alberto Cortes was held back in fourth grade because of low math skills, he thought his world had come to an end. “The first day of going ba...

The $6.8 Billion Question: Who Should Control School Funding?

Ama Nyamekye | Posted 06.15.2014 | Education
Ama Nyamekye

At the end of the day, budget decisions are policy decisions. The Local Control Funding Formula can be an opportunity for both the district and union to put real dollars into the promises we've made to our children and our community.

Can Our Union and District Get Along?

Ama Nyamekye | Posted 05.28.2014 | Los Angeles
Ama Nyamekye

With a range of hard-hitting issues on the table -- like common core, compensation, and school funding -- it is critical that we have productive debate, deliberation and collaboration around how these reforms can be implemented in our schools.

This Is What A Promise Zone School Looks Like

| Brenda Iasevoli | Posted 03.13.2014 | Politics

LOS ANGELES – Most days, you can find Melissa Estrada at Monseñor Oscar Romero Charter Middle School in Central Los Angeles where her son Angel Her...

iPads-For-All Are Just One Of Many Innovations At LA Schools

Los Angeles Daily News | Barbara Jones | Posted 10.12.2013 | Los Angeles

The start of classes Tuesday will launch a watershed year for Los Angeles Unified as it rolls out a new curriculum, toughens its graduation requiremen...

The Corporate Takeover of Public Education

Diann Woodard | Posted 08.06.2013 | Politics
Diann Woodard

Will they create a world of equal opportunity that is the spirit animating our nation's education professionals? Or will they create a world to their liking in which parents and professional educators will have little or any voice?

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...

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...

Teacher Dismissals: How Do We Protect Children and Safeguard Teachers' Due Process?

Tamar Galatzan | Posted 06.15.2013 | Los Angeles
Tamar Galatzan

There's got to be a better, quicker and fairer way to get rid of teachers who truly do not belong in the classroom and support those teachers who do.

'Black Friday:' The Day L.A.'s Top Private Schools Mail Their Acceptance and Rejection Letters

The Daily Truffle | Posted 05.15.2013 | Los Angeles
The Daily Truffle

The L.A. Times coined the term "Black Friday" in a 2008 article, referring to the annual Friday in L.A. when private elementary school admissions letters are mailed. Forget earthquakes or traffic on the 405 -- this is much worse...

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.

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.

Education Reformers' New Target

| Sarah Garland | Posted 02.27.2013 | Los Angeles

This story was produced by The Hechinger Report, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news outlet based at Teachers College, Columbia University. The large am...

In Los Angeles, An Expensive School-Reform Fight

Joy Resmovits | Posted 04.15.2013 | Los Angeles
Joy Resmovits

The nation's second-largest school district is at the center of a broader battle over the future over education reform. Since 2010, Superintendent John Deasy has run the district, implementing policies consistent with the national "education reform" movement, which pushes things such as test-based teacher evaluations and charter schools. But if the composition of the school board changes significantly, Deasy could be fired.

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...

Ed Today: Iowa Education Reform Plan, Texas Budget Fight

Joy Resmovits | Posted 03.17.2013 | Education
Joy Resmovits

Ed Reform Coming To Iowa? Iowa Gov. Terry Brandstad is planning a big, $187 million push on education this year, reports KCRG. "We have many good schools with committed educators, but they are stuck in a system designed for the 20th century, not the 21st century. I am ready to invest significant resources into these educational reforms, which truly have the power to dramatically raise achievement," Branstad said. "I do not believe we should spend even one minute discussing additional resources to prop up our current educational structure until we have first agreed on the reforms our children need."

Student Advocacy: A Sharper Picture

Martin J. Blank | Posted 01.03.2013 | Los Angeles
Martin J. Blank

The principal has been so impressed with the students' efforts that he is asking them to not only increase the number of students who are mediators, but also to train the teachers in peer mediation so that they will understand how students are working to change the climate and the culture of the school.

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...

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...

Los Angeles School First In KIPP Network To Embrace Blended Learning

Education Week, Bethesda, Md. | Ian Quillen | Posted 01.20.2013 | Education

LOS ANGELES -- The original blueprint for the KIPP Empower Academy read something like this: five teachers per grade; 100 students per grade; very few...