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Three things to know about how L.A. schools are using your money

On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Unified School District approved $7.6 billion in spending for the upcoming fiscal year. But where does that money go, and who decides how to spend it? Here are a few things to know about the 2016-17 budget. 1. Most of the money goes to salaries and benefits Most of the...

In the search for better graduation rates, schools are fudging the numbers

In 2014, the Los Angeles Unified School District announced a spectacular improvement in its graduation rate: Fully 77% of students who had come in as 9th graders four years earlier were now going to graduate as seniors. But there was a bit of a trick behind the number: It included only students...

Fund set up to raise money for L.A. Unified merges with group starting two charter schools

Two organizations set up to work within the traditional public school system are moving away from their original mission — and from the Los Angeles Unified School District — in the name of better helping students. The governing boards of the Los Angeles Fund for Public Education and the group LA’s...

Parents and principals will weigh in on charter placements at L.A. school campuses

Families and schools in L.A. Unified could get more of a say in the way the district allocates space to charter schools, thanks to a committee the Los Angeles Unified School District board voted to create Tuesday. The school board directed the superintendent to form a group that will suggest ways...

Are the LAUSD's online makeup courses devaluing its diplomas?

To the editor: The Los Angeles Unified School District’s online credit-recovery courses for students who fail classes and are in danger of not graduating deserve more scrutiny. (“What’s really in LAUSD’s online credit recovery courses?” editorial, June 19) As a high school teacher, I feel that...

Traditional L.A. Unified schools and charter schools need to learn to share

The tension between charter schools and traditional Los Angeles Unified schools has never been higher. The district is in bad financial straits as a result of lower enrollment, while a new philanthropic group calling itself the Great Public Schools Initiative has plans to fund more charter schools,...

Verna B. Dauterive dies at 93; longtime L.A. Unified principal and honorary USC trustee

Verna B. Dauterive, a USC donor and longtime Los Angeles Unified School District principal, died June 1 of natural causes. She was 93. Dauterive was hired by L.A. schools in 1943, one of only four black teachers in the district at the time. Four decades later, Dauterive and her husband, Peter,...

What's really in LAUSD's online credit recovery courses?

Because of new rules designed to raise graduation standards, officials of the Los Angeles Unified School District woke up in December to the grim news that only half of its students were on track to graduate, down from 74% the year before. The problem was that this was the first year all students...

What it's like to graduate from L.A. Unified as an untraditional student

Destin Thompson has attended five high schools in two states. Many Los Angeles Unified School District high school students graduate Thursday, but Thompson was one of hundreds of students from more than two dozen alternative high schools who moved their tassels across their mortarboards Wednesday....

Who gets to decide which L.A. public school campuses have to share space with charters?

By the time parents find out that their kids’ school will share a campus with a charter school, the decision to put it there has usually already been made. Los Angeles Unified School District board member Ref Rodriguez, a charter supporter who founded a network of charter schools in Los Angeles,...

Jeovanie Hernandez of Cleveland shows how to play national anthem on electric guitar

Always count on the Los Angeles Unified School District to have talent among its students. Cleveland High senior Jeovanie Hernandez, an aspiring guitar player, was recruited to play the national anthem on Tuesday afternoon at USC prior to the Chatsworth-Cleveland baseball game in the City Section...

The Strategy Center--Finally--Gets the Tanks and M-16s Out of the LA School System

Today, after 18 months of ferocious uphill organizing the Labor/Community Strategy Center reached an agreement with the Los Angeles Unified School District and the Los Angeles School Police Department. They agreed: To return all military...Show More Summary

Los Angeles School District Reaches $88 Million Settlement In Sexual Misconduct Cases

The Los Angeles Unified School District has agreed to pay $88 million in damages to settle sexual abuse lawsuits filed against two teachers. According to reports, the allegations involves over 30 children at two different elementary schools. Show More Summary

LAUSD assistant principal arrested for alleged sexual misconduct with student

William Webb, a popular assistant principal at the Los Angeles Unified School District’s flagship arts high school, was arrested Tuesday morning on suspicion of sexual misconduct with a student. Webb, 51, was taken into custody by LAPD Juvenile Division detectives, Deputy Chief Kirk Albanese said....

There will be thousands more L.A. Unified magnet school seats in 2017

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Magnet schools in Los Angeles are growing.  Los Angeles Unified School District board members unanimously voted Tuesday to create or expand 13 magnet programs for the 2017-18 school year, for a total of 4,677 new magnet seats costing around $3.5 million.  This boost comes in addition to around 6,300 seats...

Did new charter schools really cost L.A. Unified more than $500 million this year? Charter and district leaders respond

The growth of independent charter schools pulls at least $500 million from the Los Angeles Unified School District annually, according to a report the teachers union commissioned. District leaders want to respond to its findings but said Tuesday they need time. The report's author, Susan Zoller...

Union-commissioned report says charter schools are bleeding money from traditional schools

A teachers union-funded report on charter schools concludes that these largely nonunion campuses are costing traditional schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District millions of dollars in tax money. The report, which is certain to be viewed with skepticism by charter supporters, focused...

James B. Taylor dies at 89; math teacher was one of L.A. Unified's first black principals

James B. Taylor, one of the Los Angeles Unified School District's first black principals — and a deputy superintendent during an era of integration controversies who lamented the intrusion of politics into education — died of congestive heart failure April 26 at his L.A. home. He was 89. Taylor,...

LAUSD sports teams should be ordering new uniforms by next week

The guidelines are being finalized, a reference book is being printed and as soon as next week, the 83 high schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District should be able to start ordering new sports uniforms for the 2016-17 school year. That's the word from Trent Cornelius, the district's coordinator...

LAUSD police officer charged with attempted sex trafficking of a child

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A Los Angeles Unified School District police officer surrendered to federal agents Wednesday morning after he was accused of attempting to have sex with a minor, officials said. Mauricio Edgardo Estrada, 28, was named Tuesday in a two-count indictment charging him with attempted sex trafficking...

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